Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: May 9, 2017
Publish Date: Viking
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
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
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."
My Two Cents:
you like quirky characters with real depth, you'll enjoy "Eleanor
Oliphant is Completely Fine." Titular character Eleanor lives a very
quiet life filled with routine. After surviving a pretty terrible
childhood, Eleanor is seemingly content with a life lived the same way
day in and day out. She finally has a chance to break out of her shell
after she becomes friends of sorts with Raymond, her co-worker.
Together, they help Sammy, an old man, and through this experience,
Eleanor realizes that there is something more out there.
is the kind of character you fall for. Not because she is warm and fuzzy
(she's most definitely not), but because you want to reach out to her.
The glimpses that we get of her childhood with her terribly vindictive
and controlling mother and the relationship that Eleanor has with her in
the present day are really something to read. It is no wonder that
Eleanor is the way that she is and why she finds navigating the world so
difficult. She's the kind of character that stays with you long after
you've closed the book.
Even with Eleanor's difficult problems,
this book still has a rather hopeful feel to it. Humans are terribly
resilient and can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. It
takes others to open her up but she works so hard to address her own
issues and self-doubts and ends up quite inspiring. This was a great