Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Cover Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
Penguin Books
June 5, 2018
331 pages

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.

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.

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Yes, she is completely fine outside but when you finally get to meet and know her, you will say “Nah, she’s not completely fine.”

I don’t have any high expectations while reading Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman, but as I read and dive my attention to the story, I now understand why most readers love it – there’s something magical in Eleanor and her story that captivates me.

I don’t know but I still can’t comprehend the proper words to describe after I finished reading it. Though, I purposely take my time to read this book because I want to fully absorb the story and life of Eleanor.

I know I have read the same kind of plot or story, but I can’t help to be immersed in everything especially when it is all about Eleanor. I felt that I became a part of her good days, bad days, and better days. To be honest, I can’t help myself to laugh when she thinks or says something inappropriately or when she says something at the wrong time or in an awkward scenario. She made me laugh and made my heartache at the same time.

Overall, I love it! If I will meet a person like Eleanor, I will be completely happy and I will truly accept her/him. 😊

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