Today’s book review is a special one! It’s a collaboration with Rebecca at Peaceandloveandveggies.com!
A couple months ago, we each gave each other five book recommendations and had to choose one. I was so excited because she LOVES contemporary novels, a genre I have been branching into more lately. Here are the five she picked for me:
- Truly Devious
- The Poet X
- Radio Silence
- The Hating Game
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
It was so hard to choose just one! In fact, it was so hard that ultimately I went with the one that was on sale at the time… Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! I plan to read the rest of the titles she recommended too, it was such a great list.
My review is below. I had so much fun with this collab! Be sure to check out Rebecca’s blog, where you can see the books I picked for her and the one she chose to read! Also, check out her great bookstagram, @my_bookish_universe!
Author: Gail Honeyman
Page Count: 325
Synopsis (from Goodreads): No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
the only way to survive is to open your heart.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Me to Eleanor Oliphant
Well, this book GOT me. If you want to read this one, which you should, be sure to grab some tissues.
I immediately loved Eleanor Oliphant. She has this no-nonsense, truly one-of-a-kind outlook on life that makes you fall and root for her right away. I’d say the first thirty pages or so are just these funny insights into Eleanor’s mind, like how she sees food as fodder (pg. 4) or that she feels sorry for beautiful people (pg. 25). At first I thought, surely the whole book can’t just be this woman giving us her different opinion on normal life things, and it’s not. I want to avoid spoilers so I can’t say anymore, but we get into Eleanor’s rich history and why she is the way she is.
The plot is a slow burn, one that I didn’t see coming. I assumed it would be a love story, but like the synopsis suggests, it’s a friendship story, which made me love it even more. That brings us to Raymond, my favorite marshmallow man character that has ever existed. They get to know each other because he is the IT guy at Eleanor’s work, and their strange bond only continues because they save a man (or as Eleanor would correct me, called for help who saved them man) who fell in the middle of the street. This is the moment where we see Raymond insist on doing the right thing for the first time, and then we see him do it time and time again.
Look, this book is so delightfully written that I say you just need to go read it for yourself. This is Gail Honeyman’s DEBUT, and her voice is so fresh that I cannot wait for her next book. I will say that I gave it 4/5 stars because I felt like the ending was a little too out there for me and I didn’t really buy it in general. But, I enjoyed the book before that so much that it didn’t really matter to me.
4/5 stars! And go check out Rebecca’s review of the book she picked from my five recommendations!