Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A smart, funny, and feel-good book, Eleanor Oliphant is a woman with her own problems. A social outcast, she has a day-to-day routine that she sticks to, an alright job, and phone calls with her mom. According to her, she is totally fine, except that she is not. A book about opening up, making friends in the most random people, and healing oneself, Gail Honeyman succeeds in delivering a book that gives us hope in life!
This book always stays in my mind and I have re-read it about 3 times now. It never fails to lift my mood and spirits up. When I had just moved from the US to India, I had nothing to do for 2 months during the lockdown, while being out of school. I was feeling very out of place, even though we had a new apartment. Nothing felt settled, and I didn’t feel at home yet. My future seemed very uncertain and I did not know where I should start from.
Then my mom told me to read this book.
In the beginning, I was a big mystery/thriller fan and only read that. So when my mom handed me this book, I was simply expecting it to be boring. Yet, when I started reading it in the morning, with my coffee, I found myself relating to the main character, even though our situations were miles different.
I was shocked and surprised at how much I loved this book, and that reading it made me genuinely happy and hopeful for my future. I read it when I woke up and before I fell asleep. It would always get me excited for the next day and the next day. The thought of making friends with someone you never expected to be friends with, it always very exhilarating! I found myself wanting to have an experience similar to Eleanor Oliphant.
Thus, I always recommend this book to everyone who is not in a good mood. Gail Honeyman’s witty words, funny remarks, and emotional thoughts make you feel heard and make you feel like you belong!
It is always the little things in life that get us excited and willing to wake up the next day!