Last Great Book I Read: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I just finished this book in a manner of days!  Eleanor Oliphant is quite a character, literally like no other I've ever read.  She's practical and frugal, struggles with reading and interpreting social cues, and says exactly what she's thinking in all situations; the good, the bad, and the ugly.  As such, she's cultivated a life of isolation where her primary relationships with frozen pizza and vodka rather than people.

As the story unfolds, we get flashes of Eleanor's unconventional upbringing, insights into some of the terrible circumstances of her childhood that shaped who she is and how she acts.  There is a significant shift in Eleanor's life when she meets Raymond, the carefree, happy-go-lucky IT guy at her office. In an unexpected right-place-at-the-right-time moment, Eleanor and Raymond find themselves rescuing an elderly man who has fallen on the sidewalk.  

They later befriend the man, Sammy, and all of a sudden, Eleanor finds herself with not one but two potential friends.  This is a heartwarming, uplifting story about finding friendship out of isolation and light from darkness.  Eleanor Oliphant, in spite of her peculiar, unusual nature will surely charm you as she comes to fully realize that the world is not even close to what she's been told.

Read this one!!  Also - worth noting, this is soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, so you know that means you better read the book first!


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