BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Blurb (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.

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 Thoughts: 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is Gail Honeyman's debut novel, and has garnered an enormous amount of buzz. It has won a multitude of awards including the Costa Book Award for First Novel and the Australian Book Industry Award, and was nominated for the Women’s Prize. It tells the story of a young woman named Eleanor who works during the week as a finance clerk, but spends her weekends drinking vodka alone. Her life has a very strict routine that never alters, and her contact with other humans is rare and difficult. Her work mates mock her and leave her out, and she has no friends.

Then one day she meets the new IT guy, and then they both help save an old man, and slowly her world opens up. It’s a beguiling bittersweet novel with a warm heart and few surprises.

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