Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Book Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
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
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.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) Book Reviews
LovelySo well written and interesting. I highly recommend this book. Especially if you need a break from heavy content but aren’t looking for an easy beach read either. I know I’ll read this again..Score: 5/5
The book you didn’t know you neededThis book changed my life. I have never related to anything more else in my life. Written in such a beautiful, quirky, and fun way. I read it in 3 days..Score: 5/5
This book grew on meI was ok with this book until it ended and now I find myself missing Eleanor and wanting more! I hope this becomes a movie. The main character was a little hard for me to like at first but then I started recognizing some of my behaviors. Her growth was well done..Score: 4/5
Everyone should read this !!It only takes one person to make a change. A simple smile is worth more than you know! Thank you for opening my eyes Eleanor !! Hilarious, sad, suspenseful , love ...this book covered it all for me!.Score: 5/5
Eleanor OliphantAbsolutely loved it!.Score: 5/5
Odd.. but rewardingI have to be honest, I found myself cringing with second hand embarrassment for the first part of the book. I was close to quitting, it made me feel so uncomfortable. I do NOT understand anyone who finds this funny. It was clear from the get go that something was WRONG. She isn’t just the way she is. The way bits and pieces revealed themselves about her past and her family, that kept me engaged. The second half of the book is a phenomenal and raw look at the rock bottom feeling of declining mental health. As someone who has struggled myself, it was heartbreakingly accurate. The novel unfolded into this beautiful journey of self discovery and recovery. I was pleasantly surprised and deeply moved. I felt the warmth and love grow for Eleanor. She transformed.. and so did my opinion of this book..Score: 4/5
Didn’t pull me inThis book took me so long to finish. It had such a slow start, then started to get a bit more interesting, but I felt the ending was a bit anticlimactic. I wanted to love it, but it was just okay..Score: 3/5
A book about loneliness for lonely peopleI loved my journey through this book and it comforted me in dark times. What more can you ask for in a novel?.Score: 5/5
InterestingA story about trust and healing..Score: 4/5
Unforgettable!Eleanor is such a quirky and charming character. Her inner monologues and unfiltered perspective of life are hilarious and make her so easy to love. This story will make you laugh, cry, and have you cheering on the-perfectly fine, simply wonderful- Eleanor Oliphant!.Score: 5/5
Really liked this bookDefinitely a favorite. Made me laugh at loud in public. I could identify with way too much....Score: 5/5
Eleanor OliphantThe book was a decent read but I would not suggest it to a friend. It is kind of draggy but was not hard to get through. I was very caught off gaurd with the dark turn that it takes, that was not my favorite since was I was expecting a funny novel. I did laugh a few times and do not considerate it a bad book. This book overall was, ok..Score: 3/5
Great ReadGreat book. Charming and funny..Score: 4/5
Must read.Fantastic. Could not put it down. What a heart-warming story about loneliness and friendship, as well as self-awareness and care. Eleanor is a truly inspirational under-dog..Score: 5/5
I love Eleanor OliphantThis book is a treasure. Getting to know these characters and following the arc of their story was a gift, and I couldn’t put the book down. I just loved it from start to finish. Beautifully written and beautifully told..Score: 5/5
Loved loved loved itA great read. Eleanor will stay with me for a very long time. Splendid plot..Score: 5/5
Quirky and HeartwarmingThis book is a quick read that is full of quirky humor and emotional upheaval about transformation and growth of an individual woman. All of which is mixed in with a mystery and some surprising twists! Has that peaked your interest? Will not be sorry you opened!.Score: 5/5
Eleanor Oliphant is Just FineEleanor Oliphant was such a good read—so full of humor, humanity at it’s worst and best, and the affect both of those opposites has on an individual! What an awesome novel! I could not stop reading!.Score: 5/5
LOVEDReally great read. Laughed out loud several times, but there was also a good balance of mystery and seriousness as well. Selfishly, I wish we knew more about Eleanor and Raymond’s future. I’ll definitely read again..Score: 5/5
Loved!!Touching, heartbreaking, funny, triumphant . I enjoyed every second of it!.Score: 5/5
Completely fineThe book is slow paced. The protagonist is very un-likable. You learn why, but not until you’re halfway through the book. The main themes are abuse and recovery, loneliness and friendship. The book is basic but a decent read..Score: 3/5
ExcellentThis book is a page turner. Wondering what she will do or say next. Surprise ending adding to the excitement of the book. Great read!!!.Score: 5/5
An enjoyable read!This book made me laugh, and it made me cry. I love the voice of Eleanor, and especially enjoy the vocabulary she uses. I look forward to more books by this author..Score: 5/5
Emotionally brilliant!I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was so...smart. The heroine’s voice is funny, engaging, and a window into the mind and coping mechanisms of a person who has endured personal tragedy and abuse. A poignant reminder of the necessity of human connection and compassion. Loved every second..Score: 5/5
Eleanor is Completely FineSlow at first (for me) but was captivated by Eleanor and makes me want to make some life changes. Loved it and would recommend!.Score: 5/5
Not as describedThe way I perceived this book, I would have thought light hearted... Some bits of this are very hard to read they are so depressing..Score: 4/5
UpliftingWould read again.Score: 5/5
Deeply touching novelI started this book, (as it was the months choice for my church book club), with some hesitation, thinking it wasn’t the type of material I would be interested in. So I was surprised to realize the further I got into her story, the more attached I became to Miss. Oliphant and Raymond. I loved her innermost thoughts, judgements and psycho babble chatter. It made me giggle out loud. Then, needing to know what happened to her made it difficult to put the book down. In reality, she is a person that I probably wouldn’t have given much time, thought or attention to. That made me sad..... and forced me rethink how we treat others in passing or in the work place. Kindness, honesty, love, acceptance, sacrifice, service. All characteristics of a good human being. We could all take lessons from Raymond..Score: 5/5
A page turnerCouldn’t put the book down. Found myself giggling so many times and my heart fluttering anxiously at other times..Score: 5/5
LOVEAbsolutely will not regret reading this book! I loved every minute. Heartbreak, love, strength, friendship everything you need..Score: 5/5
Quirky and compellingWhile the topic and life events of this character are dark and disturbing, the author finds a way to bring hope and light to her life. Eleanor is quirky and yet so likable, with the reasons for her mannerisms slowly revealed. This story is compelling and kept me engaged throughout. It also left me thoughtful about the humanity around us and that everyone has a story and no one should have to travel their journey alone..Score: 5/5
Quirky EleanorI love quirky characters. I love surprise stories of redemption. I appreciate the backwards sequence of the backstory that helps the reader understand Eleanor..Score: 5/5
I loved itIf you’re a survivor, in any capacity, I urge you to read this! And if you’re lucky enough that you’re not a survivor, you should read it too. Eleanors life is funny, quirky, tragic and riddled with trauma. Following her through healing and self discovery was truly inspiring..Score: 5/5
This book is completely fineI found Elenor to be very entertaining however the plot, not so much. I wouldn’t recommend..Score: 3/5
Loved itThis was such a fun book to read. It catches you off guard by her personality. But the more you read into the book, the more you relate to everyday things she has going on. Easily became a favorite of mine..Score: 5/5
Shocking classicThis book is well-written, hilarious, charming, upbeat, sad, and wonderful. There’s no wasted words spent on needless descriptions of scenery and it’s paced perfectly. I got much more than I was expecting out of it, and it serves as a great reminder to all of those serious literary minds out there that a great story is often full of, and unashamed of, humor and its place in everyone’s life. t’s dying to be made into a movie, if done properly..Score: 5/5
Holy CowI loved this book from cover to cover. It ended too soon. I wish we could have known more of Eleanors triumph over tragedy. But nonetheless this was a page turner that I couldn’t put down!.Score: 5/5
Sad that it ended!When people told me that I needed to read this book, I wasn’t sure. When I started it, I still wasn’t sure. Then I finished it and was so sad to have it be over. One of the best books I have read..Score: 5/5
LovelyThis a funny and special book. Highly recommend it..Score: 5/5
Couldn’t put it downI absolutely loved this book. Eleanor is unique and yet very relatable in so many ways. The story is beautiful, at times dark, and shows how the gift of friendship can make such a great impact in someone’s world. I couldn’t put this book down!.Score: 5/5
LovelyWorth the hype. A lovely tale of self resilience..Score: 5/5
A great work of personal discoveryThe author causes Eleanor to speak with extreme clarity and with proper sentence structure. The character of Eleanor is developed by giving glimpses into her past but not giving away the plot to quickly. She encounters people who surprise her by accepting her just as she is. The therapist does a brilliant work of carefully and carefully guiding Eleanor to health. It is difficult to put down the book once started.Score: 5/5
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineI loved this book. I can state all the cliches: I laughed. I cried. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5
Loved it!So well written! In such a warm and very interesting story..Score: 5/5
I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it.I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it. The author, Gail Honeyman said, “It's a story of the - transformational power - of small acts of kindness.” Gail wrote Eleanor’s life, as a person: "that has been knocked off kilter by an unnamed childhood horror which she can only recall from her sense of , “before” and “after”, and “although she’s had a fairly catastrophic start in life, Eleanor is still the agent of her own life." She didn’t want to write her as a victim, and didn’t want her to be self-pitying either. She tried to leave space in the narrative, so the reader could feel those feelings on her behalf. It’s written in first person and begins with Eleanor’s day to day life and her unfiltered description of herself and everyone she meets. Eleanor is 29, has no friends or social contacts, is eccentric, opinionated, lives in Glasgow, Scotland, works as a finance clerk for a graphic design company, and every weekend consumes two bottles of vodka. She is academically intelligent, loves crossword puzzles, is socially awkward and leads a solitary lifestyle. She does some really, ill-advised things in the early chapters and she's oblivious to the way her shortcomings appear to those around her. She blames any awkwardness on the other person's "underdeveloped social skills.” Her private thoughts are witty, semi-harsh judgements about everything and everyone but sometimes she says these thoughts out loud, and it alienates people. She also has an odd formality in her conversational speech, which pushes most people away. Through out the book, clues gradually emerge to Eleanor's troubled past, and eventually her full childhood story emerges. Eleanor’s unravelling – and redemption – begins when an old man collapses in the street. Eleanor’s partner in the, "transformational power of small acts of kindness," is her co-worker Raymond. After reading about 25 pages of this book, I loved Eleanor, felt protective of her and wanted good things to happen to her..Score: 5/5
Hated the first 10 pages. Then couldn’t put it down.You must read this book if you’re desperate for a new kind of story..Score: 5/5
Wonderful book!A very cleverly written story about a socially awkward woman and her escape from her childhood trauma through the love and friendship of a few good people( and some good therapy). I fell in love with Eleanor Oliphant!.Score: 5/5
Strangely RelatableThis book has something for everyone and reminds us how important it is to have close ones to help us through life’s triumphs..Score: 4/5
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