Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine…by Gail Honeyman

Posted February 2, 2019 by Karen in Books, Reviews /

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine…by Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by: Gail Honeyman
Published by:Viking - Pamela Dorman Books on May 9, 2017
Genres:Contemporary, Literary Fiction
Setting: Glasgow, Scotland
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

The characters in this book, especially Eleanor, are  well thought out and quirky. I found the character of Eleanor to be one of my favorite characters of all time, second only to ‘Ove’ in ‘A Man Called ‘Ove’.


In some ways Eleanor reminds me of  Britt-Marie in ‘Britt Marie’ was Here’. Both are quirky and socially awkward.


The friendships in this novel are second to none. It is wonderful to read about what a wonderful friend Raymond is to Eleanor.


Scotland is an interesting setting for this book. I have read books before with Scotland as the setting but they have been historical fiction or adventure type books. I enjoyed seeing a slice of life story set there.


I thought Eleanor’s depression is portrayed well in this novel. Depression isn’t always extreme or obvious.


I really pride myself on seeing twists coming. This one totally took me by surprise and I loved it.


I really thought Eleanor’s obsession with the musician is interesting. I wonder how many people have imaginary relationships with other people they meet.


I am really touched by Raymond and Eleanor’s relationship with the man they helped, Sammy. It is wonderful to see the elderly portrayed in this way in a novel. I particularly enjoyed the description of his tomato colored sweater.


I absolutely loved that Eleanor adopts a cat. The cat is portrayed with vast amounts of personality.


I loved ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.’ It’s is a critical look at mental illness and friendship while still giving up marvelous characters.


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Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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