Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman review

Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Stand Alone
Published: May 9th, 2017
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary  

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.

Review

If there is one thing I can wholeheartedly say about this book, it is that is it wonderful! I wouldn’t be being dramatic if I said that this one of the most beloved books i have read. The writing is of a sort poetic with the way it deals with important issues of mental health, death and abuse and is completely refreshing in the sense that it is a novel which is unlike anything I have read previously. It has taken me some time now, to find a book which I loved as much as this one. I started reading during a period where I was busy and didn’t really feel in the mindset for reading, but once I started I was fully immersed into the story and just forgot about all my outside troubles – one of the reasons why I love reading so much. So, thank you Eleanor Oliphant for reminding me why I love reading so much.

Eleanor Oliphant is by far my most beloved character to date. She is extremely quirky, funny without even trying and thankfully not your typical female protagonist – aka someone who seems to have everything figured out. Eleanor has flaws, she isn’t perfect, she has problems – she is human – and reading about a character like that just makes the experience so much more enjoyable as I could see myself in her in so many different ways. Whether that’s a good thing or not can be taken into interpretation. She has terrible social skills (relatable) and doesn’t seem to understand or be able to grasp basic things such as ordering a pizza, but it just makes you love her more and makes the story more interesting because you’re always wondering ‘why’. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I just want to point out that you will go through a rollercoaster of emotions with this book, for me, I cried, laughed (considerably), had a constant warm feeling coursing through my body and also got extremely frustrated. I wasn’t lying about the rollercoaster. In the name of cliche, I can safely say that this book is the perfect ‘feel-good’ book and I can guarantee that you will enjoy it.

Seeing the relationship blossom between Eleanor and Raymond is one of the purest things in the literary universe. Shakespeare who? Raymond is the most perfect, un-perfect character ever and you can’t help but fall in love with him. He gives you hope in humanity and makes you wish that you, too, had a Raymond in your life to care for you as he does for Eleanor. I rarely like the protagonists in books I read as I find them somewhat problematic and irritating but this book throws that idea out window, I honestly don’t think I’ve liked any protagonist more. There are other characters, of course, but those aren’t the best I’m gonna be honest, those include Eleanor’s mentally and physically abusive mother and her co-workers who constantly undermine her and make fun of her because she isn’t like them. We’ve all dealt with people like these – people who belittle us for their own personal gain – and it shows us that we are not alone in this, and just like Eleanor, we are so much better than them.

My best friend has read this book and so has my mum and both of them loved it as much as I did. This book is sure to stay with me for a long time and I hope it does you too. It’s also being turned in a movie which is absolutely amazing, I am so excited to see it but my expectations are incredibly high! Please let me know if you read this book and tell me how much you love it too!

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