I had seen something about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine on some new releases something (I don’t remember where), but then when I saw that Reese Witherspoon picked it as one of her bookclub picks, I knew I had to read it! If you aren’t following Reese’s book club Instagram (@rwbookclub) I suggest you do. There are lots of good books recs and general book things, which I love. And we seem to be on the same page about books, I mean she did make Big Little Lies into a series!
So, I was really excited to start this one. I love books about crazy people. And Eleanor is definitely … different. She lives a very solitary life, and she is completely fine with that. She avoids most unnecessary human interaction. She works a not very exciting desk job that she has been at for many years with people she doesn’t really like. She has no people or social skills (and doesn’t really understand why). She generally says exactly what she is thinking. She has a scar on her face that people tend to stare at. She makes no effort in her appearance at all. She spends her week days working, and her weekends eating pizza and drinking vodka until it is time to go back to work.
Things change when Eleanor meets Raymond, the new IT guy at her work. He is a little sloppy, wears things like jeans and tennis shoes, doesn’t have the best manners, smokes … all things Eleanor can’t stand. The two witness an elderly gentleman, Sammy, fall and, together, save him. Slowly Eleanor starts to let Raymond in, and figures out maybe life doesn’t have to be so lonely.
It is funny, when I first started reading, I found Eleanor to be pretty unlikeable. But she really grows on you. And her bizarre interactions with, well, everyone are really funny. There were plenty of times I laughed out loud followed with something like “Oh boy…” As you slowly learn more about Eleanor’s past, you really start to understand why she is the way she is.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is definitely a quirky book, but I really enjoyed it. In fact, I didn’t want it to end. When I finished, I found myself thinking, “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” Eleanor’s character evolvement is really interesting, and I loved how extremely childlike she was in some ways. It is also a little unpredictable with a little twist towards the end, which is always fun.
Have you read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine? If so, what did you think? If not, I highly recommend it!