This month, I asked my blogging friend Thea Landen what she’s reading in this time of quarantine and social distancing.
1. What are you currently reading?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (2017, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking) by Gail Honeyman.
2. How far along in the book are you?
About halfway. My Kindle tells me I’m at 46% to be precise, but most books have at least some non-story stuff at the end, so I might even be a little past halfway.
3. What is it about?
Eleanor, the titular character, is a bit quirky, and that might be the understatement of the year. She likes her routines, has very clear ideas about the way the world works and her position in it, and is proud of her seeming ability to take on life all by herself. Little by little, she starts changing things up and making new friends. She even thinks she might be ready for love! (Not quite a spoiler, I’m just speculating, but unfortunately, I don’t think that part’s going to end well.)
Woven throughout the plot are hints and references to “an incident” that took place in her past, something bad enough to lead to the imprisonment/commitment of her mother, with whom she still has a strained relationship. Mysteries and thrillers are usually my preferred genre to read, so I’m enjoying the little crumbs that are being dropped, even though I worry about some of her coping strategies and I’m sure everything’s going to blow up eventually. Good thing she’s making those new friends.
4. What drew you to this book?
To me, it seems that everyone I know has read this book and enjoyed it. EVERYONE. Even my mother has read it and liked it. Considering how much I hate spoilers, it’s a miracle I don’t know everything there is to know about this book yet, considering how many people I know have raved about it.
5. Who would you recommend this book to?
Like I said, it seems like everyone has already read this book, so if you haven’t yet, you might as well pick it up, too! I’m sure there are Big Things coming up, but even at the halfway point, it’s been an entertaining read. I will say that some parts make you cringe a little on Eleanor’s behalf, so if cringe comedy isn’t your cup of tea, you might not love this. I’m someone who thinks a little bit of quirkiness can go a long way, and sometimes Eleanor is right on the line of being too over the top, but damn it, I’m rooting for her. So far, I’ve both laughed and cried, and I’m looking forward to the second half of the book.