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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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A book filled with mixed signals. As the use of "completely fine" might infer in 2019, this is a book about clinical depression with dashes of PTSD. So, yep, it won a bunch of awards. Tack on the topics of self-esteem, alcoholism, unrequited love, and dead-end jobs, throw in a cat for good measure, and you've got yourself a Goodreads masterpiece in 325 pages.

It's still a decent book. It's just hard to enjoy beyond the main character's unintentional one-liners stemming from her tragic upbringing and resulting isolation. I admit that the style carrying Eleanor Oliphant never approaches a modicum of triteness. But when it seems like all your hard work is about to pay off and the plot is about to become award-winning, you realize there are only twenty pages remaining and left are to deal with a ~*~mysterious~*~ twist. Because there are so many themes, none are covered in a satisfactory way, despite the writing being excellent.

There's nothing wrong with comingling happiness and sadness or depression with triumph. My issue is that it is too obvious that the author studied her audience and decided to go all in. Maybe I'm a bit jealous. And that's completely fine.
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Reading Progress

March 15, 2019 – Started Reading
March 23, 2019 – Shelved
March 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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