Goodreads Synopsis: Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living–and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
This is a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up if it wasn’t for the Goodreads Choice Awards. I know I’ve been mentioning them a lot recently, but I really like Goodreads and I like participating in this event. The last few years I wasn’t able to get so many of these books from my library, so I’m very happy that I’ve been able to this time.
As I was saying, this isn’t my normal read. I read a fair amount of adult fiction, but not usually books that would be classified under romance or whatever genre you want to call this. I just don’t go for feel good, “meet people and my life was changed” books. I find them boring and predictable.
Eleanor Oliphant was a strange book to read to say the least. It goes from horribly boring, to interesting to boring to interesting again. Eleanor herself wasn’t exactly a likable character. First her life is boring, she does the same things every day, every week etc. Then things get strange when she becomes infatuated with a man she’s never met.
By the time I finished this book I wasn’t sure if I actually liked it or not. I didn’t hate it. It was a well structured story, well written as well. The prose was never something that bugged me, though I never loved it. The characters were…alright? I never liked Eleanor, but I never hated her. I never liked anyone in the book really. I did hate Eleanor’s mother. Though I did call the plot-twist with her family. No spoilers.
In the end I gave this book 3 stars because it was okay. I certainly don’t understand how it’s lasted this long on the Goodreads Choice Awards. But that’s just me.