Eleanor is completely fine as long as nothing comes between her and her daily routine – work days ending with a meal at home, a book or tv show; Friday afternoons with pizza and vodka, and weekends spent with what’s left of the vodka bottles.
Almost nobody comes by her house. That way she feels almost disconnected from the world, and therefore happier, until Monday comes around to bring her back to reality.
The book features experiences of how people with anxiety go through- worrying about the smallest things -an upcoming unexpected phone call, visitors; being misunderstood by others and fearing the unknown.
Once a particular incident involving Eleanor and her work colleague Raymond saving Sammy, an unconscious old man on the street, the book starts to develop into the idea where under certain rules, contact with other particular people can be quite pleasant. Eleanor knows she’s fine on her own, but she discovers how healthy it was for her to be, as I like to call it, selectively-social, which was shown when she went with her work colleague Raymond to visit his mother Mrs Gibbons.
All throughout her chaotic journey of social encounters – from visiting her colleague’s mom and meeting with Sammy’s family to going to Sammy’s son’s birthday party, Eleanor suddenly finds herself exploring this new world where she has to integrate with other people. And sooner rather than later, she’s acquainted with the consequences of social interaction. Does it cost you things? And if so, is it worth it? Will she remember the causes of her constant depression and face them once and for all?
I like how the book teaches a lot of things such as what it means to have a friend, the decision to accept one’s help when they genuinely offer it and how to banish your fears from being an obstacle to your well-being.
This is a perfect read for introverts. It really does help you understand that it is not obligatory to be just like everyone else and become a social person. Instead, you can stay exactly as you are and still own sufficient confidence to guide you through your life moments.
This read was just so brilliant, filled with both humorous and heart-wrenching moments. It made me laugh and cry. It may only be fiction but it is also completely realistic and relatable.