I just did my T5W for books that I read because of Booktube/blogging. I basically included social media too. This is one of them and I was not let down by all the fabulous people recommending it!
Eleanor struggles with social skills and will say exactly what she’s thinking. She lives life to a strict schedule and only basic necessities. She doesn’t care what other people think and doesn’t care about extras. She’s lived in her home for years and never decorated or changed the furniture that she was given. Then everything changes when she meets Raymond, her IT guy from work. Together they save a mans life and slowly Eleanor finds her schedule and life completely changing.
Oh, what a lovely book! Eleanor lives by her routines. She literally eats the same meals, on the same days, everyday. She doesn’t really have a social life because everyone really annoys her or she just doesn’t understand why people do what they do. Everyone at work makes fun of her and she knows that. She just doesn’t care. Every Wednesday, she talks to her mom, like clockwork. We don’t really know where her mom is just a home.
Then Raymond comes into the picture, the IT guy at work. They are walking together by accident after work and come a cross a guy who needs immediate medical care. They call the ambulance and save his life. Raymond coerces her to go to the hospital and then things start to slowly change for Eleanor. Mostly, it’s her schedule at first. She’s also trying to better herself for a musician she saw and believes will be her husband. She just needs to get a new wardrobe, change her hair and so on. She’s constantly trying to find ways to stage a meeting with him but at the same time, being more social with Raymond.
Slowly, Raymond and Elanor become friends. We learn later on in this book that Eleanor has some hidden secrets that she has repressed. It really shines a light on how she is and why. She then slowly starts to come to terms with her past.
At first, I wasn’t sure that I would like Eleanor. By the end of the book, I wanted to just give her a hug. I loved all the characters in this book and the growth that Eleanor has, is quite amazing. Even though, she started to become more social and have character growth, she stayed true to who she really was.