Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Book Review + Thoughts

Even though I read this book almost a year ago. I am unable to get it out of my head. This is not a traditional review per se. It is just going to be my deconstructed thought pattern. Click to buy the book on Amazon - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

This book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has Eleanor, as the main lead (duh). Her character in this book is not very likeable at first, but as I kept reading, I started sympathising with her. There were times I was trying to give all of her actions a reasoning. Her character was innocent but not in the "girl next door" way but more in a lost puppy way. This book revolves around her and her life story. It unravels pieces about her life bit by bit. I finished reading this book in a day.

While I was reading it, I could not stop thinking about it. I could not stop thinking about every person I came across, in my everyday life had a life story that I did not know about. I still to this day keep wondering, there must be so many facets to a person that I may never know about. Like the old woman, I just brushed shoulders with at the shop in the milk aisle.

Then I started thinking about the fact, of how other people might view me if they were just walking across from me on the street at 8pm. What are the factors that would come into play for them to judge me in that instant? If I wore different shoes, or had my hair in a different colour or had more piercings.

This book just puts me in a thinking spiral, making me think about things that matter and things that don't matter at all. It taught me not to judge other people by the way they look or behave until you know what is happening inside their minds. But, it also made me think about how people might perceive me. These were all the thoughts that were running in my head while I was reading this book.

Upon completion, I reached this natural conclusion, that it does not matter what others think about me. It also helped me come to terms with the fact that it is a natural instinct to judge someone as soon as you look at them but, then you should not dwell on it, when I catch myself judging someone I instantly stop and think to myself, who am I to be judging someone else without knowing them for more than a passing glance.


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