Book #23: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is slightly off.  You ever meet someone that doesn’t seem to have very skilled social graces?  This is Eleanor.  She’s literal, abrasive, married to her routine, and comes off as having Asperger’s Syndrome or maybe she’s on the autism spectrum.  She’s also scarred, physically and emotionally, as we come to read her story.  Her routine and life are disrupted by a co-worker and an old man she helps in the middle of the street.  Her life is changed by them both and she finally confronts her past.

Okay, did that all just read like a movie summary?  Well, the whole book feels like it was made to be a movie.  Not that it’s a bad book.  I really enjoyed reading it, honestly.  It had been a while since I had sat down to read fiction for my own enjoyment and I devoured it.  It reminded me of A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman.  The main character is off-putting, hard to love and obviously has baggage, which you get to learn about as you read and watch other people reach them in a profound way.  It’s a formula that is often used and often works.  This is an example of it working.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars, but possibly 3.  It is a well-used formula, but done well.


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