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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

I thought there was a chance I might dislike Eleanor because some have compared this book to A Man Called Ove, and I didn't like the main character in that. But I actually liked Eleanor's eccentricity. It's kind of weirdly hilarious how she thinks everyone else is unusual and has poor social/conversational skills, when it's actually the other way around. I chuckled to myself a lot while reading.

I had guessed the twist about Eleanor's mother since the beginning because it reminded me of a situation in another book, so the big revelation at the end felt a bit dragged out. There are also other weak spots (which can be interpreted as plot holes depending how you see it), but apart from that I can say I enjoyed this feel-good novel. It's quirky and funny without trying too hard, but also simultaneously sad and heartwarming. I liked how the ending leaves possibilities open with regard to whether the friendship that helped Eleanor will turn into romance.