Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Hi book loving friends!

GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS TODAY?! You’re right! May 15th and we all know what that means! My thesis is handed in!!

This one took me a while, but when I picked it up again I was more motivated to step into the world of Eleanor Oliphant, which I found strange, to begin with, but then became more accustomed to whilst I read the story. I’ve borrowed the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Eleanor Oliphant is one of THE MOST peculiar characters I’ve encountered so far in my life. I was quickly confused because I’d seen so many posts about it on Instagram which claimed it to be funny and deep, but when I read it myself I didn’t find it very funny. I was actually rather bored and mystified by Eleanor’s behaviour. To me, she seemed to be the smallest and greyest mouse you’ve ever encountered with lacking social antennas, but while reading the story I realized that this was a part of the importance within the story. I have to admit that I put it down for at least two weeks because I wasn’t able to read it without getting sleepy. When I picked it up again something had changed and I was intrigued by this story in a completely different way. I believe that this has to do with the story growing on me, but also that I had discussed it with a friend of mine who read it last year and she pointed out things I hadn’t thought about whilst reading. I love having those kinds of discussions because you never know what you’re going to learn. Especially if you’ve read the same book as your friend and

I came to love this story once I picked it up again. I realized that there are so many things hidden between the lines, but the truth actually shocked me. How the book ended was just so amazing and sad at the same time. I had to put the book down after finishing and look at it because I just couldn’t quite comprehend what had happened. All of a sudden it’s reviews made so much more sense.

Published: 2017

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Theme: Friends, healing, family, mental health

– The Book Reader

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