Tuesday, March 27, 2018

#BookReview - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Title:  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author:  Gail Honeyman
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Release Date:  May 9, 2017

About the Book:

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving.People 

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.

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

Eleanor Oliphant is a character you will long remember. Is she really "completely fine" or is she a total mental case? Either way, she will linger in your heart for years to come. 

I listened to the Audible version of this novel and the British accent added to the flavor. Eleanor is a socially inept, lonely woman, trying to adjust to the world around her. When she develops a crush on a rock star, her imagination has a budding romance forming and she begins to transform herself with new clothes, a new haircut and a bikini wax... which was a humorous adventure.

After years of lonliness, she begins to develop friendships with a man she works with and soon meets his delightful mother. Eleanor Oliphant and Raymond then help to save an elderly man who has fallen on the street and later find themselves involved with his family.

There is a bit of drama, and a touch of a psychological thriller, and although it was fairly easy to figure out how all of that turns out, the story was still quite good.  If you are a fan of books like "A Man Called Ove", you will enjoy this novel.  I did.

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About the Author:
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.


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