I wasn’t really sure what to expect with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’d heard so many rave reviews and it was popping up on book club reading lists everywhere. And it definitely lives up to the hype!
Eleanor Oliphant is a story about loneliness and isolation. Though it will lift your spirits by the end! The core of the novel is about human kindness and the necessity of human interaction to live a more fulfilled life. Eleanor shows that while there is hope for everybody; human touch and thoughtfulness make life more positive. It does go to some dark places but is also humorous and is heartwarming. I did laugh out loud in parts where Eleanor says what she’s thinking without consequences. I loved her growth throughout the book and the way her friendship grew with Raymond was really sweet. In a slow, steady growth of mutual trust and respect.
Eleanor is lonely without realising it and lacks in social graces. She spends entire weekends without speaking a word and can’t remember the last time she touched a human being. Locked in her routine and avoiding the world causes her to be an unreliable narrator at times. Eleanor tends to lack in self-awareness but is never afraid to do her own quirky thing. It is a small act of kindness that puts her on a journey of realising she didn’t know she wanted what she didn’t have. Her initial unwillingness to help someone in need helps her to realise later on that she is actually a person in need as well.
I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for something a little different. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a really thoughtful and kind-hearted story. You’ll be left feeling all the feels without being over the top. I did feel like the twist was clear, however, that wasn’t the main storyline (her past). And I really liked the way her relationship with the therapist grew. That was a great part of the book. And I LOVE Glen the cat. Highly recommend.
ABOUT ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
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.