Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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"Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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 kind of friends who rescue each other 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780735220683
0735220689
Characteristics: 327 pages

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published for the Stratford Gazette November 2017.


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bookishdl Nov 20, 2017

My favourite book for 2017. Exquisitely crafted novel that provided the right amount of humour and sadness without ever being twee or obvious. Loved it.

SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published for the Stratford Gazette November 2017.

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lola_jane
Oct 23, 2017

When a series of events shake Eleanor out of her solitary life and strict routine, the bits and pieces of her tragic past are slowly revealed. Eleanor’s struggle to heal and move out of her comfort zone is at turns humorous and heartbreaking. She is a memorable character and it is beautiful to see her develop and grow but ultimately remain true to herself.

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Phalissa
Oct 22, 2017

Hurrah for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Wonderful characters who I will never forget. Although I thought about renewing so I could reread it, I am returning today because there are 169 people waiting to read this gem for the first time. Enjoy!

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cynthia94066
Oct 16, 2017

The story isn't super original. A young(ish) odd woman lives in Glasgow and doesn't fit in well. But the narrator has a strong point of view and the Glasgow setting is fun. Reminded me a bit of Where'd You Go Bernadette but not quite as funny. Probably good for a book club that wants a younger lead character.

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lizmo21
Oct 08, 2017

It's not often that you find a book about a 'quirky' lady who isn't quirky because she wants to be. Eleanor is socially awkward and she doesn't understand why. Social queues fly far over her head and only an unexpected crush can push her out of her comfort zone. As she starts to experience the world for the first time with a fresh point of view her quirks start to unearth a lifetime of unhealthy relationships and mental health problems. Eleanor is a character that you want to care for, and as you watch her growth you root for her with all your heart. Eleanor is a truly lovely character, and her story is just the right amount of heartbreak and success.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 28, 2017

Oh Eleanor! You just want to help nudge her along. Very much along the lines of The Rosie Project, but with a feminine protagonist. So glad there are many more novels out there raising awareness of those who live with social difficulties; they are endearing and there is much to be learned and appreciated about these special people who see and experience life just a bit differently from the majority. Bravo!

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glennside
Sep 22, 2017

I totally enjoyed this book. It's been awhile since I looked forward to reading a book as much as this one and I was happy with the way the author unfolded the story and reached a satisfying conclusion.

VaughanPLUrszula Sep 11, 2017

A quick, breezy read that deals with more serious, thought-provoking themes of loneliness, victims of trauma, and socialization. Eleanor has a caustic way with words, yet her voice rings endearingly true. Also satisfying is the depth granted tothe bit characters supporting the story. Some aspects of the novel come across a bit pat, but still highly recommended, especially for book clubs.

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pajiko
Sep 07, 2017

I completely loved this book, especially Eleanor's sense of humor and vocabulary. Best book I have read in a very, very long time.

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cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

O know, I know how ridiculous this is, how pathetic; but on some days, the very darkest days, knowing that the plant would die if I didn't water it was the only thing that forced me up out of bed.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

It's both good and bad, how humans can learn to tolerate pretty much anything, if they have to.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

I did not own any Tupperware. I could go to a department store to purchase some. That seemed to be the sort of thing that a woman of my age and social circumstances might do. Exciting!

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

You can't have too much dog in a book.

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.

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