Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ~ @GailHoneyman @penguinaudio ~ Publication Day ~ 6-5-18
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.
2018 wouldn’t be the same without Eleanor’s story. After reading this book, I want to find and befriend all the “Eleanor’s” of the world. Hell… maybe in some ways, I am Eleanor. Maybe we can all find a bit of her in all of us and that’s what makes her character so real. So moving. So poignant.
Eleanor’s story is about a girl who endured some of the most horrid neglect and abuse. She bares the scars on her heart, mind and her body of a mother who never deserved to be a mother. Eleanor pushed so many memories to the back of her mind until one day the friendship she finds will change her life forever.
I also believe what made this story so beautiful for me was the underlying theme that everything happens for a reason, every person you meet was meant for you to meet, and every obstacle thrown in your path is meant to point you in the direction you are meant to travel.
This book was so well written. You can’t read this book and not envision Eleanor as a real person. If you are looking for a book to get lost in, to fly through but don’t want to end, and when you turn the last page and sigh a great big sigh for Eleanor, a new friend… this is it. Highly recommend this book! 5⭐️
Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine won the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year, was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, the Desmond Elliot Award, and the Author’s Club Best First Novel, and was long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This is Honeyman’s debut novel and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland.