Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Review

3.0/5.0 Easy Read

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

After all of the hype and seeing this book everywhere I looked I thought I should give it a go. It was a very easy read and I was done with it in two days, so perfect if you don’t want anything heavy to read but for me it didn’t live up to the hype, after all of the good things I’ve read about it I have to wonder if it’s just me. It is well written but I didn’t warm to the character, I wanted to like her but it didn’t happen for me,  although Raymond was endearing and I would like to have known a little more about him too. The plot was predictable but I do think it addressed an important issue and from that aspect it was good, loneliness is a tough thing to tackle. There were parts that made me smile but none that made me sad. It was okay.

So as I said if you want an easy read then this could well be the book for you. The title of the book summed it up for me. it is completely fine.

 

The Blurb

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.

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