Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Jun 16, 2020

Amazing and quirky and fun and just SO good! I LOVE ELEANOR!

Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE touched my soul in ways that few books ever have. I just finished reading it with a few tears: sad for the awful things Eleanor experienced as a child; happy for the beautiful person the 30 year old is becoming; sad for myself to be saying goodbye to this remarkable person and this amazing book.

Gail Honeyman's book does the thing that all excellent storytelling does: It makes you see and feel things that are outside of your usual way of experiencing the world. I read to see, learn and vicariously experience things that are unknown or new to me OR to experience familiar things in new ways. To be able to read and enjoy reading is a gift; ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is a gift to readers.

If you are familiar with Wally Lamb's novel, SHE'S COME UNDONE, you will find some similarities to ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE. Let me explain: The main character in both books is a young woman who can be described as a late bloomer. The obstacles that they face are often self imposed, but require they face childhood trauma and open themselves to the world around them in order to live. The goal and dream is to live a happy fulfilling life, but for any chance of that, they have to keep living, despite extreme and painful circumstances. I liked SHE'S COME UNDONE, but I loved

My reading experience was unusual for this book. I didn't like it for several chapters. I honestly couldn't stand Eleanor and I kept wondering what all the hype was about. But...Eleanor, as a character, is insidious. She is completely unique. She has a dry sarcastic humor and has mastered the one word comment (usually to herself), that sums up her unique view of any situation or person so perfectly, I laughed out loud. She does this constantly, and it is so uniquely HER, that you slowly begin to like and eventually, to love her.

I LOVE ELEANOR! and I loved this book. It is Amazing and quirky and fun and just so good. Stick with it, and get to know Eleanor. She will grow on you in ways you'll never regret

Jun 03, 2020

I really enjoyed this unusual story with such an interesting character. Eleanor’s humorous observations made me smile.

May 17, 2020

Honestly, I feel fooled by people who describe this book as “funny”. Sure, there are a few funny parts and Eleanor is quite a quirky character. But she is a survivor of horrific child abuse, which contributes to her quirkiness. It’s satisfying to watch Eleanor walk through some level of healing, as she experiences friendship and unconditional love for the first time and I found myself cheering for her through the whole process. However, just be aware....”funny” is not a word I would ever use to describe the overall feeling of this book, as the reader comes to find the level of violent child abuse sweet Eleanor was subject to.

Mar 24, 2020

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Mar 08, 2020

I enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and I looked forward to each time I opened it to see how Eleanor was doing. It makes me look at casual relationships in my life a little more closely. Sometimes what you need is right there already. I'm wishing for an 2nd story on Eleanor because now I feel attached to her.

Mar 03, 2020

I love this book. It really helped me unravel my own "issues" and see someone like me learning how to cope with a confusing and incomprehensible world. So well written, so much insight. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Jan 27, 2020

This book deserves all the praise it has received and i understand why so many people wish to read it. One thing i will add is to be mindful of your emotions as the content in the book may cause distress for some readers.

Dec 27, 2019

As a first novel, this book is excellent. It delves into the issue of loneliness and the traumatic effects of a horrible childhood. Eleanor Oliphant, the main character, is a socially-awkward young woman who, allowing herself to open up to a new friend (Raymond), is able to look forward to a much brighter future. Beautifully written.

CD_Librarian Dec 24, 2019

This is a compassionate and funny story of a lonely young woman with a traumatic past, forging a joyful future.

Dec 12, 2019

Great characters and a lot of wit. I enjoyed having socially awkward Eleanor be the narrator. Terrific work for a first novel. Fell apart at the end for me a bit but still very happy to have read this book.

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Oct 29, 2018

pg 300 .... was wearing a strange, oversized woolen hat that I hadn't seen before. It looked like the kind of hat that a German goblin might wear in an illustration from a nineteenth-century fairy tale, possibly one about a baker who was unkind to children and got his comeuppance via an elfin horde, ......

Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

Nov 27, 2017

p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.

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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Oct 15, 2018

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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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