Book Chat’s Rating: ☆☆☆☆/5
All and through, I did enjoy the book and I think it deserved good ratings, as compared to so many other mediocre books that could not keep my interest. But at the same time, I didn’t find it too impressive.
Eleanor is quirky. She had a scar on her face. She had a sad part. She works diligently at the same job for nine years. Things just passing by her and she is completely fine with it. She is an alcoholic. She is lonely. She is judgmental (although I find her social commentary is quite funny and there is so much truth is lots of it). But it is hard to say if she is “fine” or not by current social standard. Then one day, she happened to save a man passing out on the street with her new co-worker Raymond. At the same time, she also found a man who she thought to be “the one”. From then on, her life begins to change.
I thought the book progress through very well, and had all the normal reaction as anyone would with “Mummy”, with her crush on the singer, etc. Sometimes what she does with her crush feels quite childish but other time it feels creepy, yet it is not as creepy as how “Mummy” is throughout the book. I also want to note that how Gail Honeyman resolved the “Mummy” seems kind of lazy writing to me. It ended abruptly, now I really think okay she wasn’t really “fine. I am sure many readers maybe relate to her situation as someone like “Mummy”, sadly, do exist in many children’s lives, even through adulthood. As I write through these review, I feel as though I should take a star off. But again, I think I do like the ending, and I do like the people around Eleanor, especially her boss Bob. It is just to show that there are truly good people around, it does make it an easy heart-warming reading.
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