Sunday, 12 August 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman

Two book reviews in two weeks. No I'm not a super speedy reader. I was actually half way through this book when I wrote the last review. 

I originally bought this book due to the enormous amount of hype around it. I'm a complete sucker for book hype,if something has got a lot of buzz surrounding it with many people talking about shall be bought.

This book is all about our main character Eleanor Oliphant,a very solitary lady who does the same things every day. She goes to work everyday, eats the same meal deal every day and then goes home and buys the same two bottles of vodka to get through the weekend each week. It all changes with the introduction of two new people that enter the outskirts of her life, which makes her slowly break down the walls she had built so highly around her life, whilst finding the courage to explore dark corners of her past she had worked so hard to avoid all her life.

I have to be honest, at first I did not get on with Eleanor as a character. I can't pin point why but she took a while to get to me and I think that it was due to this that I struggled to get through this book at times. I was struggling so much at one point that I dropped a message to the book group I'm part of on Facebook to see if it was just me who had struggled to get into a book. I was told to keep on at the book by a few people and it wasn't until about 150 pages to the end that I was gripped and had finally grown attached to Miss Oliphant.

I feel like I was expecting so much more from this book than what I actually got, from online reviews on the likes of Amazon, where I had read that it really hit home to people, that they were actually laughing at points and crying at others, I didn't really get any emotion from the book. I didn't expect the ending...I will say that much and if you are willing to trapse through the book to get to that attachment to the main character then I would recommend the book BUT if you are like me then there is a bit of an long road at times to get there.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
Rating (out of 5)

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