Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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For a challenge I was looking for a Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee, I came out on this book. I wouldn’t say it was disappointing, but I did have some issues with it.

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Title & Author: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Genre: Contemporary, Drama
Release date: May 9 2017
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Viking – Pamela Dorman Books


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.

I give Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman four out of five hearts because it was a very interesting and true story. Most of the time I had some issues with Eleanor because I thought she had a sick relationship with her mother, but it was all clarified in the end.

Eleanor Oliphant is an odd personality. She is judgmental and anti-social. A lot of the time I was actually fighting with the book because of her. I wouldn’t say it was badly written and that was why I was fighting. It was just that I thought that Eleanor was sick in her head and she needed therapy and I was right. She needed help to get through what she had experienced.

For most of the story, I was wondering where it was going, because I didn’t feel it was living up to what the back flap mentioned. But in the end, the story wrapped everything up good and well. Gail wrote this story in an interesting way and I can’t figure out whether I would have liked her to give more information in the book or whether it was just fine.

Overall I think Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a great novel. It is a great and compelling story about trauma and learning about yourself. I am not sure I would have picked up this novel by myself, but I think it is a great read for anyone who likes to read something different once in a while.

This book is being made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon and I am curious what stays intact after the Hollywood treatment, but we will see.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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