Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books / Viking
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary 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 unnecessary human contact, 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, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the 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. 


I loved this book!

The magical way that the author writes about the Eleanor, who happens to think the is fine, but in all honesty, has some pretty messed up issues. She is written like she is autistic, although the author never comes out and says it. That might be why I loved it so much. This book gives a voice to those who are a little different in society eyes.

On top of the deep seeded mental issues Eleanor struggles with daily, we come to find out that her mother has created some of them and is a complete "B," If you know what I mean. I wanted to have her with every ounce of my being, and I did. I loathed her. How could any mother do anything like that to their child? I wanted to take Eleanor under my wing and raise her like a mother should.

With all of the rage I felt toward Eleanor's mother, I loved how she managed to deal with her in the end, and to really realize that she was, in fact, not fine. She came into her own and it really made a wonderful story.

This was not something I would have picked up on my own, but found it for my Scotland challenge. I was glad that I read it. Wonderful Book.

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