A late review today guys, sorry!
Today I’m reviewing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine by Gail Honeyman, read on below.
Smart, warm, uplifting, 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 her heart.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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 kind of friends who rescue each other 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.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
I was really excited to read this book, it was on my TBR for a while and I managed to snag a proof copy off Netgalley – thanks guys!
Eleanor is such an interesting character, and I felt kind drawn to the whole ‘I’m okay guys’, when in reality, she’s really not and just needs a good hug and some friends to chat to – it helps, honest!
I have to admit, it gets a little confusing during the end when something which you believe, because Eleanor seemingly believes, is in fact, not true – not gonna spoil anything here guys, you need to read the book to find out.
The story ends quite nicely though and Eleanor has a friend and a bunch of ‘nice’ work colleagues, and things seem quite peachy, which is always nice to read. Especially when you’re feeling sorry for the character and just want her to have a happy life – cue rainbows, unicorns, and all that good stuff.
I’d recommend this book to lovers of contemporary fiction and YA, it’s not a YA but I think readers of that genre would quite like to read about Eleanor. No? Just me?
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it, and if you haven’t, let me know if you’ll be adding it to your TBR.