I originally read this book early last year when I was working in a bookshop (surprising, right?) and I immediately fell in love with it. We knew that it was already a huge seller and I could not wait to see what all of the fuss was about. It is hard to describe what drew me to the book so intently whether it was the character of Eleanor, the story of her life or even the characters around her. In each element, there was something that made me continue to want reading until my eyes were forcing me to go to sleep.
Up until that point I had a weird relationship with books, I had began to start reading more but there was still that underlying thought that it was more like a chore rather than something I actually enjoyed. This book changed that for me, it felt as though I was watching a film – that I wasn’t reading like we were forced to in Primary School, I was so captivated by something that I wanted to know more and more about it.
I’m sure that know a lot of you will have already read this wondrous book, but if you haven’t gotten around to it yet then shame on you ok, but imma help you out and tell you a lil synopsis to leave you wanting more.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a very solitary life, she is a finance clerk at a graphic design company in Glasgow. She does not have any friends or work colleagues, nor does she think she particularly wants to. She does the same crossword puzzle everyday, and buys the same two bottles of vodka every Friday for the weekend. Her life suddenly changes when she goes to a concert and sees Johnnie Lomond, and in her loved-up state as she decides that he is ‘husband material’ and she is madly in love with him, she begins to alter her typical regime in preparation of meeting him. She gets her hair done, a bikini wax and even goes to a make up counter to ask advice. Troubles of her past begin to emerge, and she forms an unlikely friendship with a colleague called Raymond.
It is a story that I will reread over and over again, and each time I do discover more about Eleanor and the rest of the characters that make you feel so attached to them.
Have a great week you lovely people!