Today I’m doing a first for my blog. I’m writing my very first book review. I’ve wanted to write some book reviews ever since I started blogging about 18 months ago, but somehow I haven’t gotten around to it until now. Better late than never, right?
Reading has been a big part of my life, albeit, on and off over the years. I guess the best way to explain it is that I’ve always loved reading, but I haven’t always had the time to fully invest in my passion for the hobby. This year, however, I decided to make a change and pledged to read more. I set myself a reasonably small goal of reading 5 books this year, and I can say that it’s currently September and I’m up to book number 9. Proud to have smashed that goal!
One of the books I’ve finished reading this year was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. There was (and there probably still is) a lot of hype surrounding this book earlier this year, so I had to read it – I couldn’t miss out, could I?
On to the review…
Meet Eleanor. She’s in her early 30s and lives a fairly predictable life. She’s worked in the same job for many years, she eats the same meals every day and has the same plans every weekend. Eleanor believes she is ‘fine’, but eventually, her carefully concealed past unravels to those around her, and a little act of kindness changes her life forever…
I’m going to be honest, at first I wasn’t completely sure where this book was going at first. I liked it, I was just unsure of its direction and combined with the hype surrounding it, I had my expectations very high. But I kept going and tried to erase my previous expectations in order to give it the best chance possible.
I got about halfway through before I was completely hooked, feeling a connection to the protagonist. Like many, Eleanor held on to many demons from her past and although she probably didn’t realise it, allowed them to dictate her life. You see, I felt as though I could relate to Eleanor on some level. No, I haven’t experienced such devastating trauma as she had, but, similar to Eleanor, I find myself allowing negative past experiences to lead how I approach my life to this day.
I believe that this book was fantastic at raising awareness about mental health and reinforcing the fact that it’s okay to not be okay – there is no shame in asking for help.
While being a great catalyst to spark conversation about mental health, the book was also the perfect mix of heartwarming and hilarious. Eleanor has a uniquely adorable (or should I say, adorkable) personality and perception of the world around her that made me smile and laugh throughout the novel.
I’ve heard that Reece Witherspoon is set to produce the film adaption of this novel and although it’s probably a couple of years away, I can’t wait to see the story come to life on the big screen – I just hope it does the novel justice *fingers crossed*.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Have you read Eleanor Oliphant is Completly Fine? What were your thoughts?
– Karen xx