Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Overview: No oneís 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 sheís 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 Raymondís big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

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.

Debbie Weiss (03/24/18): I really loved this book. Elaine Marlin gave all the highlights in her review on 03/08/18 and I agree with everything she said. When I first started reading the story, I thought that Eleanor was a high-functioning autistic individual. She wanted as little human interaction as possible and was very regimented in her very scheduled life. A new employee, Raymond, shows up on the scene and with continual encouragment and support, helps Eleanor to want more out of life and to want to have meaningful relationships. While it was difficult to read about Eleanor's childhood, it was actually a feel-good book about how the human spirit can overcome adversity. I highly recommend this book.
Rating: *****

Faith Bowers (03/20/18): I read this book based on the book review here. Elaine Martin wrote a wonderful review and I agree with most of what she wrote. I think the author did a great job with the story especially since this is her first novel. The ending was very good and there were a few surprises.

Eleanor had to hit rock bottom before she could truly become a full person and the beginning of the dark days chapter was a challenging read. The book reminded me of A Man Called Ove because of the well meaning dysfunction of the main character.
Rating: ***

Elaine Marlin (03/08/18): This is a debut novel by a Scottish author, Gail Honeyman. The story is about a young woman, age 30, who is completely a loner, very set in her ways, and who follows routines in each move she makes. She works in an office, and is made fun of by fellow employees, due mostly to the fact that she ignores and disdains them. There is no fun in her life. She does meet a new coworker who attempts to befriend her, and because of one incident, with both of them helping an elderly man who has had a heart attack on a public street, she is moved by how people interact in kind and caring ways to each other.

She lives in a sort of make believe world, and is very literal (not understanding nuances, or expressions). The friend and coworker, Raymond, little by little, gets Eleanor to socialize in small but profound ways. There is an underlying very dark life problem that affects everything the main character does. I won't divulge, but as she becomes more "in the real world", she decides to attempt therapy to address this very brutal history.

I love the author's writing, and the character and her awkward interactions with others and small events which occur, kept me turning pages, until I finished this interesting novel. I highly recommend this novel. You will not soon forget this wonderful duo!
Rating: *****

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