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Darker than it looks but still often laugh out loud funny, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine brings us a rare protagonist - a truly awkward and unapologetically socially inept female main character. She is not cute in her awkwardness, Eleanor Oliphant is no manic pixie dream girl. Those of us who had an unconventional upbringing and have wondered what to do in social situations when it seems like everyone else already knows the conventions will sympathize with her struggles. The novel is a lot like a coming-of-age story for someone who had such extreme trauma that they don't come-of-age until their thirties.
The one criticism I have is Raymond - he's a bit too good to be true. But it is fiction, and he is nice and sweet, and I want to believe that there are people out there who would be that kind to a strange, rude, and scarred co-worker.
At times funny and other times tragic, this is a captivating read filled with well-developed characters and a very interesting plot. I would recommend reading this before the planned movie comes out next year because too often we end up skipping the novel for the big screen. I loved, loved, loved this book and my jaw dropped when reading the ending. I look forward to reading more of Gail Honeyman's work.
Before I really get into this review I have to say that this is one book that I'm glad that I read all the way to the end. I can definitely understand why some readers would have stopped early on because I seriously considered it. The writing was so.... well, different that it took me a long time to get into it. But since I was already invested in Eleanor's story I wanted to find out what would happen. The beginning drags and I mean REALLY drags but somewhere around page 100 or so it becomes hysterically funny (to the point that I was laughing out loud at work and in a restaurant, which I rarely do) and suddenly I couldn't stop reading.
Eleanor reminded me so much of Britt-Marie from the Frederick Bachman book "Britt Marie Was Here", which I loved.
I loved how she changed so much in the course of the book thanks to Raymond. I really liked him. He wasn't at all her type but they were really cute together. I loved their friendship.
That being said, this isn't a romance and for that I was glad. I don't think it would have worked, otherwise.
There is a huge twist toward the end that left me confused but reading some of the spoilers on Goodreads cleared it up and although I found it unnecessary to include it, after I thought about it, it made sense.
It wasn't as great as people said it was but I enjoyed it and now I'm curious about the upcoming movie.
An absolute page turner and like Life of Pi, the ending hit me like a brick! It had me thinking about it for days.
Eleanor Oliphant is not only Completely Fine, she is endearing. I love the way the author developed the characters and the relationships. I wasn’t sure I’d like the book since it was recommended by someone whose literary tastes are so different from mine, so I was pleasantly surprised. 5 stars - Reese Witherspoon was right!
A STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO WAS BURNED AND ABUSED BY HER MOTHER AND HER STRUGGLES TO TRUST AND LIVE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY. POSSIBLE BOOK CLUB
This is such a great view of the life of a person who has been abused and left to survive on their own terms.
This was amazing and if you can listen to the audio version, it is so very worth it. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is sad, yet the number of times I caught myself laughing out loud made for a strange and compelling read. All the buzz on the this book is well deserved!
Eleanor has a perfectly good life. She has a challenging job she enjoys, personal time in the evenings and on weekends to do what she enjoys—drinking Vodka and reading novels. She avoids parties and other social gatherings, but when she can’t, she is frequently confused about her interactions with others. One day she meets the Raymond, the unkempt IT guy from her work when an elderly man collapses on the street and she grudgingly helps out. As their paths continue to cross, Eleanor’s life starts to change.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a sweet and authentic story of a woman who has walled herself off from others, but finds the courage to understand her traumatic childhood and to allow the wall to come down. ~ Geralyn
I'm so glad that I finally made time to read this book. Wow! Honeyman has written one of the best stories of growth and character development that I've ever read. Eleanor is intelligent, organized, and calm. She's just fine. Really, she's fine.
At the beginning of the book, Eleanor is locked in a routine. She works all week, blurs the weekend with vodka, and then does it all over again. She has no friends, no filter, and no social skills. Her mother is scathing and cruel. Then she meets someone who gradually becomes a friend. He's warm and easygoing. They eat lunch together, and message back and forth, and he cares about her feelings and cares enough to check in on her. He changes her life.
This book has a little bit of everything. It made me laugh, it kept me turning the pages eagerly, there were some real twists, I cried near the end, and then I turned the final page with a big smile on my face. Love, love, love.
I loved this book. Gayle Honeyman is brilliant. Can't wait for her next book. This book deals with modern day loneliness, childhood trauma, friendship, love and so much more. This will be my next choice for book club.
Superb! Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine made me laugh out loud and also shed a few tears along the way.
Took a very long time to get into the book, probably just over halfway and then I really ended up enjoying
When I started reading "Eleanor Oliphant" I thought (sigh) another downer book about a wretched human being, another book about a misfit on the autism spectrum. Surprisingly, "Eleanor Oliphant" is quirky, charming and hopeful in spite of the gloomy beginning.
The "PEPL Book Club" read this for their March meeting. The group thought that the difficult subjects in this book were well written. They enjoyed the humour in the book and found it to be an enjoyable read. They discussed social norms, loneliness verses living alone, and Raymond's sincerity. The group would recommend this book to other book clubs, and gave it an average of 3.7 stars.
Slow start but absolutely loved this book! Kindness, acceptance and such a great story, didn’t want it to end!
This novel has never been off the Reserved Lists since it came into the Christchurch City Libraries. That's almost two years. What happens is one person reads it on the recommendation of another and so it goes. Normally don't find myself reading and enjoying something so popular but I keep recommending it myself.
I didn't want it to end. The character is frustrating, loveable, deep, trying to change. You can't help but feel her pain and root for her.
This is a book that had me rooting for the main character (Eleanor) the entire time! Though there are dark and difficult storylines, you are cheering for her and you get to watch her evolve throughout the book. It's amazing. I want more books by this author!