March: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Why should you read this book?

We’ve read this one for the read-along I host every month and let me just say that it was amazing to read Eleanor in group! There was a lot of hype surrounding this book! After all, it was a New York Times Bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

It tells the story of Eleanor Oliphant, a socially awkward woman that doesn’t understand the basics of human relations. Everything starts to change when our main character gets closer to Raymond, a co-worker. Later in the story, Eleanor starts doing therapy and we learn her story, understanding why she is the way she is.

To be honest, I even enjoyed this book more than I thought I would! Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine deserves all the praise that has been receiving. I loved that Eleanor was an unusual character which made me think outside the box and try to understand her. I really empathized with her. Honeyman beautifully depicted the aftermath of a very complicated childhood and issues like addiction, trauma, prejudice and responsibility. This book is also very funny because of all the social awkwardness. There were times that I was reading in public and just couldn’t stop laughing. Oh Eleanor, you will stay in my heart! I highly recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!

You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Book Details:

Publisher: Harper Collins
Published on: Maio 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Price: $8.99

4 stars

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