Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Publication Date: May 2017
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?“
“LOL could go and take a running jump. I wasn’t made for illiteracy; it simply didn’t come naturally.”
I must start by saying that the blurb did not give much away or prepare me for what I was about to read, and I am actually very pleased with that! I picked up this book thinking it would be relatable. A women going through life and everything is just fine. I figured I would learn some valuable life lessons from this book, that will help me on my own journey. Because that’s what I do now, I look for answers in books.
Boy, was I wrong!
This book, thankfully, was not relatable. If it was relatable to anybody, then gosh, I am truly sorry.
However, this book was magnificent. It gave me all the feels. Happy, sad, confused, intrigued, anxious, amusement. All. The. Feels.
I don’t want to give away too much of this story, because I think when you try to describe what it’s about, it sounds kind of lame. It’s much better to go into this one blind, trust me, you will not regret it. I laughed so hard I snorted. That is how good this book is.
You should know about Eleanor though, wonderful, socially inept Eleanor. She’s very intelligent and well-spoken with impeccable grammar – thanks to Mummy. I’ve read a lot of reviews that describe her as rude, or a jerk. What are you people reading!? I loved how blunt, and to the point she was, with everything. She wasn’t trying to be rude, it may have come across that way but it was bloody hilarious! I loved all the social faux pas and her inner dialogue was brilliant. The journey she goes on to find herself and understand her past is unlike anything I’ve read before.
I believe this is Honeyman’s debut novel. BRAVO! She has created an incredible story that is both joyous and heartbreaking. It filled me with hope and sadness. Honeyman did a tremendous job bringing all the wonderfully unique characters to life.
I am thankful that Honeyman didn’t cure Eleanor and lead her out of ‘the bad days’ by having her fall in love. That always ruins a book for me.
One thing is for certain, I am completely not fine after reading this book! But I’m completely fine with that, too. It was one hell of a ride and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I will most definitely be on the look out for her next novel. A very well deserved five stars and highly recommended!
About The Author:
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It has subsequently sold to almost thirty territories worldwide. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.