I’ve been slacking on my book reviews lately. I’ve actually read FIVE books since I last wrote a review, so I’ve got lots of catch up to do. I decided to start my summer reading reviews with my favorite of the five books, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
This novel is told from the point of view of Eleanor, a rigid, particular, thirty-year-old accounting supervisor. Eleanor rears black slacks and a white blouse every day. She eats pizza and drinks vodka on Fridays, and has draining phone conversations with her cruel mother on Wednesday nights.
Things start to change for Eleanor when she happens upon a handsome musician playing in a local pub and believes that she has found the love of her life. For the first time in decades, Eleanor begins to reflect on her own self, considering her habits and routines. She begins making an effort to branch out, and ends up falling into her first ever functional friendship with a kind co-worker names Raymond.
As Eleanor is opening up and trying new things, we also begin to learn more and more about her past. Eleanor’s childhood was traumatic to say the least, and it becomes more and more clear that she’s never really dealt with that trauma. All of this; the trauma, the new experiences, the inward reflection, all comes to a head towards the end of the book.
Eleanor’s character and her struggles are beautifully crafted by the author, Gail Honeyman. The way Honeyman writes about trauma and depression is tasteful and thought provoking. And appropriate.
I don’t want to give too much away about this novel because it is truly the next big thing and the final twist is a massive one. So all I can say is that you’re going to be hearing a LOT about this book in the near future, so you should go ahead and pickup a copy if you want to be part of the conversation.
This book isn’t a fun beach read (I’ll be reviewing a TON of those soon) but it is so, so worth it.