Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman || Heartbreaking. Honest. Powerful. Completely Fine.

What the book is about (blurb from Goodreads):

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . 

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

My opinion

Eleanor’s story hit me so much harder than I expected it to. I’ll be honest – I picked it up because it got some good reviews and I was curious, but it actually turned out to be one of those books where Gail Honeyman balanced the heavy—and there’s a lot here, so be prepared—perfectly with humour and hope; taking readers on a journey right along with Eleanor.

The title Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine gives rise to a silent question, one that becomes clear within the first few pages of the book: Is Eleanor fine?

Eleanor, at least for the majority of the story, is convinced that, yes, she is. And as I read through the book, it becomes clear that she isn’t, but I found myself rooting for her and hoping that she will be fine.

On the surface level, you get these very comical moments when you read about this socially-awkward twenty-nine-year-old woman trying to become“normal” by having manicures and waxes. But on a deeper level, it is very sad. It’s sad when you see Eleanor being oblivious to the scorn of her co-workers towards her. It’s sad how alone she is in life. It’s sad when she “falls in love” with an idea of a person.

I am glad that it is not a romantic book. There are hints that the central relationship may eventually develop into a romance, but this is really a book about Eleanor. I am thankful that the author didn’t cure Eleanor and lead her out of the darkness by having her fall in love. Being happy and achieving greater self-worth should, in my opinion, never be linked to romance.

And while Eleanor certainly isn’t completely fine and has more than a few things to learn about the world, there’s a lot the world could learn from Eleanor, too.

All of us have felt alone at some point in our lives, Eleanor’s story serves as a reminder that a bit of kindness can go such a long way; friendship can truly be life-saving.

Final Verdict:

There are so many words describing this book: funny, honest, powerful, sad and really heartbreaking. It hits you hard and makes you think. This story is just so perfect – I recommend this book wholeheartedly. Everyone needs to pick up their copy – Right. Now.  

Title : Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author : Gail Honeyman
Publisher :  Viking – Pamela Dorman Books
Published : 2017
Language : English
Pages :  327 pages
Rating : 5/5

I got this book on my e-reader as soon as I read all the good reviews about this book and saw the cover. It got me curious and I knew I simply had to read it, and I couldn’t wait to get it from a book store. Thank goodness for e-readers!


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