The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr
Elvira Carr believes in rules. She also strongly believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. Not that the twenty-seven-year-old sees many people. After several unfortunate incidents, her overbearing mother keeps her at home.
But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly on her own. To help her navigate a world that is often puzzli...more
The narrator has some undiagnosed but supposedly totally disabling condition. Due to this she spends her life with her mother, an overbearing unhappy woman who has no problems whatsoever to subtly express to her daughter just how much she disaproves of her: illness, Incidents, Capacity... and even to refer to the said dau ...more
If you enjoyed 600 Hours of Edward then you are going to love this book. There are a lot of similarities, but I enjoyed this one a little more.
Elvira is different, she knows this because she gets told this over and over again by her mother. She is not allowed to go out on her own, or with friends because of “incidents” in the past, so her life revolves around reading Mills & Boon and obsessing over the delights of cookies in all its varied forms.
And then Elvira’s mother has a stroke ...more
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is the first novel by British teacher and author, Frances Maynard. Elvira Carr may be twenty-seven years old, but she still lives at home with her mother, Agnes. Her beloved Father died some years ago. She ha ...more
Twenty-seven-year-old Elvira (Ellie, Vivi, Els) has a Condition making it difficult for her to navigate the world of NormalTypicals. When her mother is hospitalized following a stroke ...more
Having read a number of books w ...more
The novel is narrated in first person by Elvira which allows the reader to really see the world from her point of view. I thought this was really effective as the reader is fully aware ...more
Elvira Carr lives a very restricted life with her authoritarian, overbearing mother. She does tasks for her mother in their home and she goes to the store. Elvira follows the rules. She enjoys biscuits, has amassed a lot of information about each kind, and collects the packages. She also takes what people say at face value, which can be troubling.
There seems to be a wonderfully huge and varied selection of quirky books available to read right now including Eleanor Oliphant, 600 Hours of Edward, The Cactus and The Rosie Project so it is quite difficult to review these books without a mention or comparison to one or all of the ...more
Autism is never explicitly mentioned, but the behaviours Ellie exhibits tick off a rather stereotypical list of Asperger’s characteristics. With no two people likely to be sharing the s ...more
This will be one that I recommend to everyone. Would love to read it again, knowing how it all turns out, for all the clues that were dropped throughout the book. Keeping this review super vague on purp ...more
Another reviewer declared that she fell in love with Elvira on page 1 and her delight never ceased. For me, it took well over 80 pages, but once I felt truly connected to Elvira, her perspective, and her circumstances, then the pages started to turn easily and I felt invested and engaged. To the reviewer who declared that everyone was unfailingly kind in the book and there were no obstacles in her path . . . May I kindly suggest that you are reviewing the wrong book? I can’t fathom ho ...more
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I'm married with one grown-up daughter and live in Dorset, on the south coast of England. I also spend time in Blackheath, south-east London.
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is my first novel. It was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping 2014 First Novel Award and shortlisted for both the 2016 Mslexia First ...more