Book Report: ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel’ By: Gail Honeyman


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.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the 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.


A perfect book to pop into your purse or travel bag this summer, let ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel’ be your book end.  With notes of Bridget Jones meets the dark humour of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Eleanor Oliphant thinks, says and does things we all may already do or have moments of wanting to re-enact in our daily lives.

‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel’ provides a view into mental health, personal coping strategies and resilience within a grey skied, rainy days London as a backdrop.  Seinfeld like moments meets every day ruminating realities are the norm for Eleanor.  The light humour will add a nice flavour to your hot drink in transit.

The chuckles, smirks and concerned furrowed browed comments abound. Eleanor Oliphant maybe ‘fine’ but sometimes she is hard to like.  But as we the reader delve in further we see the roots of her pained moments, curious confusion and shut downs.

‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel’ is a complex read but a wonderful reminder that we need to dig deep and see beyond for those with emotional bruising so empathy and support can ensue.


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