Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This one really left me on the fence as to whether or not I like it. Part of me did because I found the revealing of Eleanor’s past to be rather intriguing, but then part of me wanted more from that reveal.
Eleanor was a pretty quirky individual, which is no surprise considering her past. Raymond has a pretty obvious crush on her and so I don’t know why he never simply states that to her all things considered.
Overall, I did find the characters to be entertaining and captivating. I could’ve lived without the whole bit involving Sammy.
My rating: ★★★½/5 stars
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
I love, love Ali Wong’s humour. Her pervertedness is hilarious and her cultural references are totally relatable. When I heard she was coming out with a book I just know I had to get it! (Why did I wait so long? Because it was on sale last week and I didn’t earn the nickname “Chincy *maiden name*” by accident.)
Anyway, I generally don’t gravitate towards memoirs or biographies, but Wong is so relatable to me that I wanted to give Dear Girls a shot. While it’s formatted as letters to her two young daughters, I applaud her openness about her life experiences and not hiding anything (and I mean anything) from them. They’re likely going to need therapy after they read this.
In a nutshell, if you don’t like her stand-up specials on Netflix, you probably wouldn’t like this book. For me, it was a bit repetitive, but I still felt like I got a really good glimpse into her background and life before she really “made it.”
My rating: ★★★★/5