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.
About the author
Tina Russell is a Lifestyle and Wellbeing Blogger who helps and inspires women to live simply and shine in life. After years of not valuing herself and being a perfectionist, Tina suffered from anxiety and exhaustion. Tina set about retraining her brain and getting her shine back and making self-care and self-development her passions. Now happier in her life, Tina uses her coaching and influencing skills from her corporate HR career, and years of experience in making positive changes to her life, to inspire and motivate other women to do the same. Through her blog, Facebook group and soon through ebooks and courses, Tina promotes simple living, self-care and self-development When not behind a laptop, you might find Tina spending time with her husband, working on an organisation project, catching up on a box set, on a walk with her beloved Labrador Harvey or out for dinner with friends having a giggle.