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Ryanne's Recommendation: 8/17

This week I've been working on finishing up my current reads list. I had five going at once, which was about two too many. Even for me. So, this week, I'm recommending the best book I finished this week. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor, a thirty-year-old office worker, follows a strict routine. She goes to work. She goes home and listens to radio programs. She goes to bed. On Wednesdays she talks to Mummy on the phone. On Fridays she grabs a pizza, several bottles of vodka, and throws the best one-woman rager until it's time to start over again on Monday morning. She is clearly not completely fine. But, she thinks she is.

One Friday, on her way to pick up the pizza and vodka, she finds herself in a situation with a coworker. A coworker who kind of insists they become friends. Not in a pushy, creepy way. In a totally normal, socially acceptable way. Eleanor, who has zero social skills, doesn't know that. As the story progresses, Eleanor begins to come out of her shell and we find out more about her childhood. Through her friendship with Raymond, and the other people she meets along the way, Eleanor discovers it's okay to not be completely fine.

I loved this book so much. Eleanor, while a sad character, was also hilarious. Not on purpose; she had no idea she was being funny, but she was. There's a moment where she rants, to her herself, about how silly it is that, when two adults decide to get married, their coworkers are encouraged to buy them new silverware. Agreed. That's dumb. Buy your own things. And, surely, between the two of you, you have dishes. How have you been eating this whole time? I assume like this:

Actually, Andy Dwyer, it is pretty cute. I'd totally buy dishes for April and Andy. But, they are the exception to the rule.

Anyway, Eleanor Oliphant. Read it.

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