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This book legit made me tear up. The story follows Eleanor Oliphant who is a thirty year old socially awkward woman that lives alone and follows a regimented, monotonous routine. She works at an office all week and drinks herself to oblivion during the weekend. It is understood that Eleanor did not have a normal childhood and did not have a normal mother, as her mother is presently in prison. Eleanor speaks to her mother once a week and absolutely loathes it. And she’s been doing it every week for nine years.
I loved reading this novel because it is hilarious, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. I did not exactly empathise with Eleanor but I understood her character, her mental illness and her ability to learn how to live and not just survive. She meets Raymond, the new guy at work, and they quickly become friends. This is the first book I’ve given five stars to in 2017 and I’m really glad I read it because Eleanor’s story shows how the little things in life matter a lot, and make life worth living: relationships, friends, love, kindness. I know it’s kinda cheesy but I would totally watch this movie!