Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor seems to live a very mundane existence. Doing the same thing every lunch break, having the same meal for dinner etc. Her phone doesn't ring often and she has no visitors from one weekend to the next. She even said "it often feels like she's a figment of her own imagination" which immediately made me feel sad.
Eleanor's social awkwardness and no filter is funny and I did laugh at the situations she found herself in. The reader then realises her background has a lot to do with how she is now and there is a lot more still to discover about her.
Throughout the book, you could say that Eleanor comes alive and it is magical to read about and experience with her. She starts living. She starts enjoying life. She learns what it is to have friends and that she is valued. I couldn't help but be drawn to her as a character, willing her to do well; to laugh with her and to cry with her.
It was wonderful to see how Eleanor started to really live, not just survive. Sometimes you can read a book, enjoy it and that's the end of it. Sometimes you get to know the characters and grow to like them so much that they stay with you for a long time. This is one of those books.
A beautifully written first novel. Highly recommended. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.