Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Review

Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Publisher:  Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: May 9th, 2017

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Libby (Overdrive)

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.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, 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.

This book is one that really sticks with you long after it’s over. It really makes you think about the world we inhabit and the way we treat other people. This applies at multiple levels. How do we treat the people around our office? Do we have our cliques? Are we reaching out and connecting with the people who so obviously need it?Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine showcases how incredibly easy it is to be lonely in a world when you’re surrounded by other people. Eleanor and her story hit me in the heart. Starting with little Eleanor to the grown up version. Yes, Eleanor is abrasive and sometimes quite terrible although she doesn’t mean to be. What stands out the most is how little the people around her seem to regard her. She’s dependable, hardworking, and that is as far as anyone notices her. She keeps to herself, picks her frozen pizza from Tesco, and the bottle of vodka from the shop around the corner. She’s fine, she doesn’t need anyone and then she “falls in love”. Thus proceeds the rest of this incredibly sad/funny book.

Gail Honeyman hits the perfect mix of sad and funny which is good because Eleanor’s story by itself would be enough to leave anyone in a lasting depression, and it needed the hilarious bits of Eleanor trying to wax and get a manicure. A lovely part of this book was Eleanor actually making real friends and being forced to confront some things she’d thought she left behind. This book just really gets you right in the heart, but the book isn’t manipulative. Eleanor is a genuinely sad, funny, eccentric character and she is so so believable. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t recommend it enough.

5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
 
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“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.”
― Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine