‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’, by Gail Honeyman: Book Review

eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fineI was a little hesitant about reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I’d heard so many amazing things about it (mostly from Rick O’Shea’s Book Club) that I was sure there was no way it could live up to all the hype. Oh, how wrong I was.

Eleanor Oliphant is a socially-awkward 29-year-old. She sticks to the same routine every day, coming home from work, eating a pasta meal for one and listening to The Archers. She has a weekly phone call with Mummy, and on the weekend eats frozen pizza and drinks just enough vodka to stay happily drunk.

But when she and the IT guy from her office, Raymond, save an elderly man’s life one afternoon her life starts to change. She begins to realise that maybe being alone isn’t what’s best for her, and that maybe she’s not as fine as she always thought she was.

This book was enjoyable until the very end. Then it blew my mind. Eleanor is one of the most memorable characters I have ever come across. She’s so awkward, yet so endearing that you can’t help but love her. She is completely human and you will definitely relate to her, from the fact that she hates bad grammar in texts (just me?) to the loneliness that she feels. Every one of us has felt lonely at some point in our lives, and we all know how hopeless it can feel, so it’s easy to identify with her.

You end up becoming protective of Eleanor, as if you actually know her. You will nothing bad to happen to her, and when things do happen you just want to make sure she’s okay.

But there’s are whole plethora of emotions that come with reading this books. Honeyman manages to be funny, sad, exciting and moving all in the space of a few pages, and none of it feels forced or unnatural. emotionsThen the ending comes along and smacks you right in the face. It’s a fantastic ending that surprises you, but also makes so much sense when you think about everything. You’ll kick yourself for not seeing it coming.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will leave you so uncompletely fine that you’ll have to take some time to recover once you’ve finished. But despite that it’s an amazing book about an amazing woman, and you won’t regret reading it.

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