Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

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.

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Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon.

"Warm and funny...plus Reese bought the rights to this one...You'll want to read it."—TheSkimm

“A charmer...satisfyingly quirky.”Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Books to Breeze Through This Summer”
 
"This wacky, charming novel...draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance….Hilarious and moving."—People

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. 


Advance Galley Reviews

If you can jive with the dry sense of humor, this offbeat protagonist will win your heart as much as the leads in A Man Called Ove or The Rosie Project. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of depth in this book. It's not just about her awkwardly navigating life; the second half delves deeper into her past as we uncover the truth behind her proclivity toward isolation and the painful, sometimes verbally abusive weekly phone calls with her mother. Eleanor makes a valiant, if hilariously misguided, attempt at dipping her toe a little bit into the pond of romance, but platonic rather than romantic relationships rule the day in this book. Thankfully, it's not about "fixing" Eleanor and her awkwardness. Her humorously logical, bluntly frank attitude pervades the entire story, as she learns to make friends, even if that means engaging in a few painfully useless (in her opinion) social niceties.

I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. I've gotta' start by saying that Eleanor Oliphant is not really a likable character. She is pretentious and rude and condescending. She actually seemed like an eighty year old woman trapped inside a twenty-something year old woman's body. There seemed to be a lot of "kids these days!" kind of moments from her. At the same time, it was pretty clear that she doesn't really know how to interact with society in general, kind of like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory (especially the early seasons). Then her obsession with the singer was really borderline illegal, although I could actually relate to her actions there to an extent. If Facebook and Twitter had been around when I was in high school, there are a couple people I would definitely have checked up on rather obsessively. But unlike Eleanor, I understood that these guys weren't necessarily my "destiny." Raymond was really the highlight of this book for me. He met Eleanor and instead of writing her off as pretentious, rude, condescending, batty (like most of society has probably done her whole life), he tried to be her friend. I think it helped that they were walking together (because he just couldn't get the clues that Eleanor was not interested in that particular social interaction), when they saw an elderly gentleman collapse at a crosswalk early on in their relationship. That one event provided the basis for their future interactions. But Raymond just kept pushing and pushing to get Eleanor to join him first to visit Sammy at the hospital, then to attend Sammy's coming home party which they were both invited too, and then other things that were not connected to Sammy anymore. And when the big incident happened, Raymond was there. We find out fairly late in the book why Eleanor is the way she is. To my untrained eye, she has pretty clearly been suffering from PTSD from a traumatic event that happened in her childhood, but like most mental illness, she knows that she's supposed to just tell people she's completely fine, thank you very much, so her PTSD goes untreated for a long time. In the end, I stand by my original statement that she's not a likable character, but rather than writing her off as the bad guy, I feel sorry for her and want good things to happen in her life now. And I'm glad she has a friend like Raymond. Overall I give Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 4 out of 5 stars.

I loved this book! Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine... or is she? I could certainly relate to Eleanor at times. She is socially awkward at times. She doesn't really have many people in her life. But she's fine. She manages to live her life, do her job and get things done. As you get to know her you realize that maybe she's not so fine after all. She's had horrors in her past. She's super lonely and has some sad coping mechanisms. It was wonderful to see her grow and to start letting other people into to her life. I loved being a part of Eleanor's journey. This was a wonderful read!

Review posted here: https://readingbookslikeaboss.com/review-eleanor-oliphant-completely-fine-gail-honeyman/ and here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1746795997 Gail Honeyman’s charming, quirky, and resilient Eleanor Oliphant might just be one of my favorite characters I’ve met in a long time. Eleanor’s transformation from the woman she was in the beginning to the stronger, improved version of herself in the end was incredibly sad to read but also uplifting and inspiring at the same time. “I do exist, don’t I? It often feels as if I’m not here, that I’m a figment of my own imagination. 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.” Eleanor Oliphant is painfully socially inept and completely not attuned to social decencies, an outcome of her horrendous childhood. She spends her weekdays working in the finance department of a graphic design company and avoiding her judgmental co-workers and her weekends drinking the liter or two of vodka she purchases from her local convenience store. Her life is regimented, structured, and very, very boring. The monotony of her life interrupted when she and the new IT guy, Raymond, help an elderly man who passed out on the sidewalk after work. These chain of events and a little bit of fate take Eleanor on an emotional journey she wasn’t planning on taking but one she has needed for a very long time. “My phone doesn’t ring often–it makes me jump when it does–and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been missold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper I know where you live to them, and hang up the phone very, very gentle. When I started this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Eleanor. She is blunt and judgmental. What comes out of her mouth is often unintentionally funny because she is just so emotionally and socially stunted. I laughed out loud quite a bit even though Eleanor wasn’t making jokes. Like, the time she went to get a bikini wax and the esthetician asked her if she wanted a Tiffani, Brazilian, or a Hollywood wax. Eleanor said, “Holly would, and so would Eleanor.” There is a naïveté and innocence to her character that is completely endearing and charming, though there were moments Honeyman was asking the reader to suspend disbelief a little too far. When I finished the novel, I realized that I came to love Eleanor along the way, all the crooked and unique parts of her character. A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It’s not as though I’m expecting a reply. I’m fully aware that Polly is a houseplant. This book reminded me so much of an off-the-wall indie movie, complete with quirky characters and a great friendship storyline. I reach a point about a third of the way where I just loved where Honeyman was taking the story. The cast of characters in this novel was what made it that much more enjoyable. We meet Raymond, the new guy at work, who Eleanor describes as an unattractive overweight man who smokes and walks on the balls of his feet. What he lacks in conventional beauty, he makes up for in heart. He’s such a good guy who loves his mom and over time, comes to really care about Eleanor. Sammy, the older gentleman Eleanor and Raymond help, is vivacious, sprite, and so great! “These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.” But the highlight of the novel was seeing Eleanor blossom and start to deal with her own pain. Despite the title, Eleanor Oliphant wasn’t completely fine but she will be. Uplifting and hopeful, this novel is one I will come back to, just so I can spend time with Eleanor just a little bit longer. Audiobook Comments: After reading this book, I picked it right back up again on audiobook. The audiobook is really great and I really loved the narrator’s Eleanor. Her dry, deadpan delivery was absolutely perfect! Highly recommended! * Thanks to the Penguin First Reads program and Penguin Random House Audio for providing me a review copy for review!

When a book begins with a title like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, three thoughts come to mind. First, Eleanor Oliphant is such a great name. Second, this book possibly joins the plethora of books in recent years about quirky but endearing characters. Third, my guess is that the book is probably going to be about the fact that Eleanor Oliphant is indeed not fine at all. Turns out, all three thoughts are relatively correct and make for a memorable book. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/06/eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine.html. Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded a lot like Ms. Shattuck’s Invisible Ellen. The main characters in both books are two grown women who assume they are unattractive, have facial scars, social phobias, and troubled childhoods. And in that regard, yes, the books are similar. But otherwise, they are very different books. Throughout most of this book, the reader is exposed to the continual tedious rendering of Eleanor’s emotional disconnect with the world around in. Stoic details about what she ate, including her vodka weekends, what she does at lunch, etc. This went on well past the point where the reader understood about Eleanor. In many ways, she reminded me of Data from Star Trek. While he is quirky, I could not read an entire book about him. Finally, two-thirds of the way through the book the story starts expanding and Eleanor starts evolving as a character. This part was wonderful but rather predictable. So overall, I enjoyed the book but more so at the end after surviving the beginning.

Eleanor Oliphant is an interesting, unique young woman. It was delightful to watch the ugly duckling grow into a swan. Her social awkwardness was charming and Raymond's big heart somehow freed her to enter the world. It's an interesting journey. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy the journey.

I found nothing about Elenor endearing. She just seemed to be a flat, annoying, self involved person. I didn't think I could stand one more minute reading about this woman, who wasn't someone who simple has poor social skills but came off more of someone who didn't fit in so didn't bother to try and actually looked down on others who she didn't bother to understand. I gave up because I didn't care enough to see if she could evolve into a better person.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely wonderful. Thank you to Penguin First to Reads for the opportunity to read this book in advance. I'm giving this book five stars, not because I love Eleanor so much, but because I love what the author did with the story. She gave us an anti-hero, someone who isn't (at the start) very nice, she isn't very sociable and to be honest, it was hard to truly root for her until about mid-way through. Gail Honeyman didn't force a 'woe is me, will I ever find someone who loves me?' trope down my throat. You'll understand what I mean when you read it. You go in expecting one thing; you come out at the end completely relieved you didn't get what you expected. It was almost immediately clear to me that Eleanor suffers from Asperger's, through no fault of her own, of course, and so it was hard to really be upset with her for her curt responses and general lack of awareness of social boundaries and what is appropriate/inappropriate to say to others. Eleanor has suffered through so much tragedy and horrifying sadness. I'll reveal nothing of it here because I'd much rather you read it and experience it firsthand for yourself. The author gave the reader the opposite of a love story, as that would be truly unfitting of Eleanor's character. It is no surprise the role that Raymond plays in the story, it's pretty much instantly understood the moment he appears. But this is where the author won me over completely: he's not a tool to sweep Eleanor off her feet and promise her a life of carefree happiness and romance. Maybe somewhere far, far in the future, but for now, he's her saviour in a different sense. He's a friend. Eleanor's first true friend. That's so much more important than being a lover. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, and I, the reader, am completely thrilled that I got to read and experience this novel. It is fresh, it’s fun, it’s sad, it’s whimsical, it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s wonderful.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, in fact, I think she is my new best friend. I can't remember the last time I encountered a character this real. She is fastidious, prickly, judgmental and antisocial, with no social skills or empathy. But then you get to know her story and understand her. "There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they are there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out." Thirty year old Eleanor works in an office and leads an orderly, lonely life punctuated by weekly phone calls from her mother, whose tone of discourse is "dismissive, with an undercurrent of menace". After leaving an office get-together one evening, Eleanor and a co-worker, Raymond, assist an elderly man who falls on the street. Eleanor and Raymond continue to see Sammy and his grateful family after Sammy is released from the hospital. Those chance contacts, and an unlikely crush that Eleanor develops on a rock musician, gradually open up Eleanor's world, and (more importantly) open up painful memories of her past. I don't want to make this book sound maudlin, depressing or like chick lit, because it's not at all. Eleanor's story is a serious one, but she and the book were also very funny. I could relate to her. How could I not love a woman who feels exactly the same as I do about musical theater. "There is no such thing as Hell, of course, but if there was, then the soundtrack to the screaming, the pitchfork action and the infernal wailing of damned souls would be a looped medley of "show tunes" drawn from the annals of musical theater." This is a wonderful book from this first time author. I look forward to what she writes next. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is an entertaining book! In the beginning, it seems like Eleanor is a socially-awkward lady who decides that finding a relationship would complete her life. The book quickly takes a turn and adds much more details. Eleanor begins to experience new things in order to make herself more socially acceptable. These were perhaps my favorite things about this book. It was hilarious to see someone experience some of these occurrences for the first time and to hear Eleanor's commentary about the results. I loved her first bikini wax and deluxe pampering manicure. While Eleanor's commentary wasn't considered socially acceptable, it was often something that I could agree with. Eleanor also begins to make connections with people and form real relationships. I adored Raymond and Sammy. I also loved her brief connection with Laura. The book also delves into Eleanor's past and her relationship with her mother. While those scenes were difficult and heart-breaking to get through, it gave the reader a deeper understanding about Eleanor. The darker scenes made the lighter ones even more appreciated. This book reminded me a lot of A Man Called Ove in the way it handled both the difficult life situations and lighter, funny scenes that make life worth living. Overall, I found this book to be captivating and would definitely recommend that people check it out.

In the first few pages it looks as Eleanor Oliphant Is Competely Fine is yet another novel about a single woman not getting any younger deciding to land her a man. Far from it! Eleanor has a much greater journey to make, and it is the reader’s great pleasure to travel with her. As a character, Eleanor is very well drawn: vulnerable and quirky, strong but isolated. She suffers from denying a deep loneliness. Her second language is Latin. She can finish crossword puzzles in minutes. But she can’t figure out appropriate social responses. Don’t mistake her for a socially-challenged genius somewhere on the spectrum. The plot and character development upend this easy hypothesis and cause the reader to keep turning the pages. While it is clear that actually Eleanor is not completely fine, she is a survivor. Once content merely to exist, she begins to consider her quality of life. She struggles to be “average” only to wind up a marginal presence, mostly invisible and occasionally the brunt of jokes and mean spirited commentary by co-workers. Deciding that she must first overcome her physical scars then later her emotional scars launches an Eleanor reboot. This life changing awareness stems from her need to get a husband who will a) get her mother off her back, and b) support and help her in a difficult world. The problem is her target is a second rate, self-centered musician who doesn’t even know she exists. The reader gets to relive the squirming embarrassment a first crush usually entails. Taking stock of herself, Eleanor launches a series of measures to gain “everywoman acceptability” to ensure she gets her man. Her (mis)adventures in navigating fashion, social events, and bar culture provide insights to Eleanor’s true individualism and out of step perspective. Her fresh observations on cultural norms expose some weird, even unhealthy, truths about society. Insights range from small to significant moments. At tea break, her colleagues dump hot water in any old cup and dunk crap tea bags to make a mediocre beverage in their haste to begin the gossip fest. Eleanor uses her special mug and a prime tea to make the perfect cup to be savored in private. Choosing not to bash others and join the rumor mill is a brave, lonely step. A greater moment comes when she has for a bikini waxing and, being unfamiliar with the terminology, accidently comes away with her nether region entirely stripped. She is genuinely shocked at the result and accuses the establishment of assuming her “boyfriend” would prefer her to look like a child when they are intimate. Such wax jobs have become standard but are creepy when you see things from her perspective. Eleanor is bizarrely spot on at times, but often she is filled with contradictions and social miscues. Despite her love of good tea, her idea of a fine meal is takeaway pizza and cheap wine from Tesco, and she self-imposes a drab work uniform of a white shirt and black pants every day. Her world is often black and white. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a wonderfully quirky, often humorous novel with deeply serious underpinnings. Character growth and revelation create mystery. Pauses are needed to absorb the nuances of situation and dialogue. Ultimately she must confront the question of what is the point of her, Eleanor? This is the kind of novel that you almost don’t care about the ending, it’s not the important part. The joy and worth of the novel is getting to know Eleanor, experiencing her perspective and interaction with others, and hoping she will her find her way. An examined life pushes us to consider uncomfortable questions, and one purpose of fiction is to create enough distance to consider these questions with a little breathing space. Your definition of what is fine may change.

This book was completely amazing! I've already gotten three people to buy and read it. At first, you could see Eleanor as that sad, kind of crazy picky lady in your office, and then it seemed like she was a bit of a drunk, but as you got to know her, you really started to understand her, and root for her and feel for her. When she met Raymond, I was so worried that she would just keep pushing him away, but he kept bringing new experiences to her and unending patience. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since A Man Called Ove. Loved, loved, loved it.

What a treat this book turned out to be! I decided to read this book because I usually enjoy books with quirky characters. Eleanor Olipahnt certainly fits that description. I was really grabbed by the book right away and before long I didn't want to put it down. I was completely fascinated by everything Eleanor Oliphant and had a lot of questions that I needed answered. I am so glad that I decided to give this wonderful book a try. Eleanor Oliphant is a creature of routine. She goes to work, eats her lunch while she works a crossword puzzle, then goes back to her apartment where she makes herself a simple dinner. On weekends, she stays home and reads books while polishing off a bottle of vodka. Then she starts back over at the beginning. Her mother calls her every Wednesday night and she gets a pizza on Friday. Eleanor doesn't really have a lot of personal connections. She has worked at the same job for the past 9 years but she isn't really a part of their group. Then she meets the new IT employee, Raymond. It is total chance that Raymond and Eleanor are walking together when an older man falls on the sidewalk and need their help. They spend a lot of time together and develop an unlikely friendship. I really think that this is one of those books that it is best to go in not knowing a whole lot about where this story might be going. I really started reading this book thinking it would be one kind of book but I soon figured out it was something quite different. Something wonderful. I am still completely surprised by how much I was touched by this story. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is such a wonderful story told from a very unique character. This book really starts out good but just keeps getting better until the very heartfelt ending. This is the first book by Gail Honeyman that I have read but I hope to read more from this talented author in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Viking - Pamela Dorman Books via First to Read.

This was an excellent book and laugh out loud funny that is until it wasn't funny and was sad and horrifying. A great tale that shows what length our minds will go to to hide the traumas in our lives. So many current topics are effortlessly weaved together such as mental illness, domestic abuse and a pathological loneliness that you'd think this book couldn't ever be funny. Weave the humor and the horror together along with a hefty dose of human compassion and love from would be strangers and you find another reason for Eleanor Oliphant to pull at your heartstrings.

Eleanor is quirky, socially awkward, and unintentionally funny. I wasn't expecting the story to take a more emotional or dark turn, but I really liked how it revealed even more about Eleanor and how her childhood shaped her into adulthood. I loved the friendship she slowly develops with Raymond and Sammy and how they brought Eleanor out of her shell a little more and allowed her to let people in. A really enjoyable read!

I had such mixed emotions with this book, ultimately ending in relief. I was so worried about Eleanor, and the occasional dark corners the book would uncover on an otherwise light and sanguine tale. My only real criticism is that sense of dissonance between an adorably off-putting female curmudgeon opening her eyes to the world and the flashes of depravity and abnormal psychology… It was upsetting to find a protagonist so damaged beyond apprehension in this ‘curmudgeon learns to love’ format. Ultimately I believe I liked and enjoyed this story and thought to myself “I bet this would be a fun movie to make”. In the day or so it took me to finish it, the book came out properly and movie rights were optioned and just about every other picture on Instagram featured the cover. I’m not sure it was that good but overall, sure, it certainly wasn’t bad.

This is one of my favorite books of the year so far. I ate this up. Eleanor is not the typical heroine, but she is extremely endearing. It will surprise me if this book is not a huge success.

I absolutely loved this book! Eleanor is a "character" in the sense that she sees the world from a different point of view. I don't want to share any spoilers, but as the story advances, we get to see why her take on the world is so different. Her turn of phrase and her thoughts are quirky which is fun. Plus, we get to see Eleanor evolve which was a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's writing. Thank you for letting me read this book through your program.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman was a resonating read. I loved this book more than any I've read in a long time because the main character was so unique. The main character is deeply developed and her inner and outer voice were so jarring. The storyline propelled you forward. There is so much honesty, so much detail, and so much emotion in this book. And there is the back story of how Eleanor got burned that is sprinkled through the story with an ending I did not see coming. It's impossible for this social butterfly and parent to imagine a life lived without any other people in it. Her first real friendship with Raymond, the smelly IT guy, is also really well written. I appreciated every character in this book, every opportunity to wonder if would act or think the same way as them, and felt connected to the lead character in a way I haven't before. It reminded me a lot of Frederik Bachman. I highly recommend checking this book out! I received an ARC of this novel from First to Read.

This novel is not your average chick-lit. While it is funny and uplifting, it also deals with some deep emotional elements that I wasn't really expecting but was glad to read about. I quite enjoyed this novel because it had more depth to it than a usual chick lit but it didn't bog me down with a sob story. I was also pleased to see that the author stuck true to her words and created a quirky personality that remained quirky throughout the novel; sometimes, you find that the interesting bit is only true in the beginning and the author forgets to maintain it as the focus shifts more to plot, but that definitely didn't happen here! I loved Eleanor and she is definitely a character I have never read about! The best part about this novel is how it maintains the initial concepts and characteristics, even as they change and evolve throughout the story. I never had a moment where I felt that the story wasn't quirky. I never had a moment where I felt that the plot was moving in a completely different direction with a markedly different tone and mood. Everything made sense and the story was just so enjoyable! Overall, I really liked this novel and would recommend this to anyone looking for a chick lit with a little more depth and quirkiness than the norm!

Eleanor is weird and scarred and way, way out of touch -- on so many levels. She is so completely not fine, yet her social ineptitude combined with her off-kilter coping mechanisms make her one of the most endearing characters I've read in a long time. A finance clerk in a Glasgow, Scotland-based graphic design firm, Eleanor Oliphant likes vodka, crosswords, accounting, and Latin. Vocabulary and manners are incredibly important to her, and in both cases, hers are awkwardly, inappropriately formal. Because she lives by herself, depending only on herself, schedules and routines are critical. Of course she researches everything because she doesn't have human interaction to help her interpret behavioral cues. The tragic details of her background unfold gradually, cryptically, as the narrative progresses. Details drop like crumbs: mother isn't in charge of her own meals, unconventional childhood, scars on her face, the mention of fire ignites a panic. "It's best just to take care of yourself," she insists. "You can't protect other people, however hard you try. You try, and you fail, and your world collapses around you, burns down to ashes." She keeps to herself until her misplaced crush on a douchey lead singer leads her to formulate a plan "to try new things." But it's Raymond, the scruffy office IT guy -- another endearing character -- who proves to be the friend she never had and the catalyst for finally opening up.

I received an advanced copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman from First to Read for an honest review. When I first started reading this book I was unsure if I would be able to finish it; however, once I got further into the story I really enjoyed Eleanor's story and her relationship with Raymond. This book showed that you really cannot judge a person from the first ten seconds of meeting them because you never know what is going on or what has happened in their life. By taking even just a few minutes out of your day to say hi and talk to someone that may be just what the person needed to get them pointed in the right direction.

A quirky book about a quirky girl. I enjoyed this book and it kept me entertained throughout as the world came into view for Eleanor. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

4.5 I received this book from First-to-Read. I am so happy to have received this book! It was the perfect antidote [and anecdote] to the more serious tome that I had just finished. Reminded me a bit of The Rosie Project in that the main character was totally clueless. There were many laugh out loud moments. As described: "... the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit ...' combined with her lack of "appropriate social skills" and her tendency to say exactly what she’s thinking--without realizing her blunders. Eleanor, 30, has set up a rigid, ordered solo life. She has work, her vodka, specific meals, Tesco, and a tidy, oddly furnished apartment. Filled with humor, I noted many phrases that brought a smile to my face . For example: Magazines whose "... goal, ultimately, was successful camouflage as a human woman." and with a make up artist who asked: "D'you like a smokey eye?" To which Eleanor retorted: "I don't like anything to do with smoking," I said, and bizarrely, she laughed again. Strange. woman." "The barman was well over six feet tall and had created strange, enormous holes in his earlobes by inserting little black plastic circles in order to push back the skin. For some reason, I was reminded of my shower curtain." Description of a cake: "Dry doesnt even come close to describing the arid desert texture of her coffee-and-walnut sponge,." I could go on and on. Eleanor and Raymond, her nerdy co-worker "rescue" Sammy, an elderly gentleman who collapsed on the street. They escort him to the hopsital and keep up a relationship with him and his family. An obvious tool. Who cares?! So what else do you need to know about Eleanor? She has facial scars from burns in a fire that happened when she was a child. She also was a foster child. She doesnt know who her father is. She has weekly phone calls with her "Mummy" who verbally abuses her. Her coworkers make fun of her. She develops a mad crush on a musician. And she and Raymond become friends. I loved this charming book. I loved Eleanor, her social ineptitude, and ultimately her growing self-confidence. Not literature, but I didnt care. I am recommending wholeheartedly.

Eleanor is kind of an odd duck. She isn't good at socializing, she doesn't understand why people do certain things and she enjoys a very strict schedule. It kind of discombobulates her when the schedule is disrupted. Then Raymond enters her life as the IT guy at work and as they are both leaving work, an older man, Sam, collapses. Eleanor doesn't want to get involved but Raymond drags her into helping Sam. This encounter soon pulls Eleanor and Raymond into an unlikely friendship and makes Eleanor start to question why people do certain things. At first I thought Eleanor might be on the autism spectrum then I decided maybe she was raised without much social interaction. I really felt for Eleanor and loved her simplicity and growth along the way. Very interesting characters. I cared for all of them. They were very likable characters. There were different sad parts that pulled at my heart and other times that made me smile and laugh. This is well worth the time to read. I think it will also help some people understand what others go through when a tragedy changes their lives at a young age.

4.5 stars. This is a wonderful story of Eleanor Oliphant, a 30-year-old accounting clerk who lacks much social awareness. She has little to no filter and frequently speaks her mind. Her life is perfectly scheduled and she is happy being alone. Eleanor's routine changes one day when she and a coworker are walking to work and save an elderly man who has had a dizzy spell on the sidewalk. The three of them form an unlikely friendship, which slowly coaxes Eleanor out of her dull existence. This a very warm and charming story. I couldn't recommend it more. Thank you to First to Read for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

4.5 stars I loved this book and highly recommend it. While Eleanor’s character is reminiscent of Ove from A Man Called Ove, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine contains much grimmer undertones which I had not expected. When the book opens, Eleanor is a loner who goes to work and comes homes and rarely interacts with humans outside rare conversations with her office mates. Brought up in the foster care system after a tragic accident when she was ten, Eleanor has never had anyone look out for her or seek out her company. When a new IT employee crosses paths with her, Eleanor begins to learn what it is like to make a friend and be a friend to others. The book begins a little slowly so do not put it down if you are not drawn in immediately. Eleanor will completely grow on you, and you will not want the book to end. However, while I was sad for the book to end, the ending was spectacular. I very much enjoyed this book and loved its message that the kindness of one person can completely change another person’s life. This is a motto to live by. Thanks to NetGalley and Pamela Dorman Books for the chance to read this fabulous ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! Eleanor is a very unique character that leads you on a journey from isolation to building unlikely relationships. The author makes you laugh, she makes you cry as you experience the emotional journey she takes.

Eleanor's eccentricities an absolute lack of self awareness of them made her an endearing, humorous, and heartbreaking character all at once. I loved everything about her self reckoning and hope there is another book in this series to see her through happiness in life!

Eleanor appears at first to be like one of hundreds of office ladies who go to work daily and do repetitive jobs with no desire for advancement and with little interaction with their co-workers. But little things keep being revealed that make it obvious why Eleanor does not like surprises or uncertainty and is a far more complicated person that it appears on the surface. She begins to open up when she meets Raymond, the IT guy who is also sort of an office misfit. What follows is a great, sometimes humorous but always uplifting read.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - well, not really. She is out of sync with just about everything. She uses words such as hamartia, de trop, rebarbative, sybarite and a interlocutor when the rest of the world employs tragic flaw, too much, repellent, devoted to luxury and dialogue. She bears scars on her face and worse on her psyche. Gail Honeyman tells Eleanor's story as if she is peeling an onion, one thin layer at a time, and had me, laughing, crying, gasping for breath as the tears ran down my face. Honeyman has written a brilliant characterization of a marginalized young woman and the forces and people around her who can't help but care. Thank you Penguin First To Read for an advance copy and the opportunity to savor every description on every page of this well written book.

This book is very different from what I typically read, but I found myself intrigued by the quirky and different Eleanor. The author does a good job of developing the voice of Eleanor, and as I read I often felt I was walking alongside her, listening to her voice her thoughts and witnessing her awkward interactions along the way. Eleanor was a very unique main character, and I enjoyed getting to know about her and her life and watching the supporting characters change her for the better.

I loved this book! It was hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. I loved the character of Eleanor. The writing was witty and clever and again hilarious. Thank you for the opportunity to read this wonderful book!

Elinor Oliphant takes you through the gauntlet of emotions. The writer portrays exceptionally well a character who is socially lacking, very obsessive, intrusive, victimized and not very likeable in the beginning. The supporting characters of her mother, and her friend Raymond are icing on the cake. Applause to the writer for a thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish.

This was a great read with a wonderfully quirky character. If you like The Man Called Ove, you might like this book. The humor and writing style were similar. Eleanor lives alone and is considered weird by her coworkers and peers. But that doesn't stop her from being herself which is one of my favorite things about this book. Eleanor has a tragic past and after 20 years has to start dealing with it. This is what drove the story for me. I wanted to know what had happened in her past. She has a horrible scar on her face and her mom calls her from prison every Wednesday. Along the way, Eleanor meets some wonderful people that help her in this journey of discovery and forgiveness.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have tried several times to read this book so that I could give an informed review. However, this book is not for me and I was unable to finish it. After looking at other reviews I saw that most people loved this book. Thank you for the opportunity to read an ARC of this.

I absolutely loved Eleanor Oliphant and her inability to keep her thinking bubble intact. She says things the rest of us want to say, but do not. She leads a solitary life partly by choosing but partly as a result of her tragic upbringing. Everything starts to change for Eleanor when she meets an equally awkward IT guy and an elderly man in need of rescue. Slowly Eleanor's boundaries are pushed and bits of her past come to light. You can't help but love her by the end.

I was excited to receive Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. The blurb described the story "of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey." While this may garner an eye roll, I find that while I'm not sure I'd call her a heroine, I wholeheartedly agree it was an irresistible journey. Eleanor Oliphant is thirty, working the same menial job, living in the same housing, eating the same thing every weekend, and entirely self-sufficient. Or so she thought. When the story first begins, you can immediately sense something is off with Eleanor. She is socially awkward and incredibly naive. Her coworkers are the worst. Seriously. It's painful to read how they treat her and she doesn't seem to actually get it so they're open with their snide remarks and ridicule. Then one day she meets Raymond from IT and slowly but surely her world starts to shift. Along the way we see hints of a dark past that molded Eleanor into the person she is. While you can guess pretty early on what happened, Honeyman was still able to unpack it piece by piece and shake some of those early revelations. I will admit that it takes some conscious effort to finish her entire journey, but you should. What I liked most about this book is how real the characters were. This book should come with trigger warnings. There were many parts that were actually incredibly difficult to read because they were so intimate. It felt like an intrusion into someone's personal battle. I felt so uncomfortable reading into her thoughts like I was spying on something I wasn't supposed to see. Once you get out of Good Days and into Bad Days, it becomes heartbreaking to 'watch', but the realness is very powerful. I loved the treatment of Eleanor's friendship with Raymond. It was never pushed to be more than it was and always exactly what she needed. Eventually, she moves on to Better Days and you get to see small triumphs and cheer her on. All in all this was a very hard read but an very, very good one. It's not a cheerful story but it is a hopeful one. You'll laugh at her quirky naivety. You'll ache for the scars she shows. Finally, you'll feel the warmth of new beginnings. This story is worth the effort and will leave you sincerely touched, as all good stories should.

Eleanor Oliphant is a perfectly normal human being, she's a bit of a snob and a prude, but that's normal. Her mom is in prison for murder, but that's a normal too, isn't it? There's always a black sheep in the family. I really liked Eleanor I felt so connected to her, she's weird, a loner, and her whole life is one giant repetition, the same week after week. I loved the story of this unlike heroine and this story is a giant journey where she discovers who she is and how to live her life at her fullest. I really enjoyed this book and Gail Honeyman has cemented herself in my heart as an author to look out for.

Thanks to First To Read for an advanced copy of, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman for an honest review. Eleanor is in transition. Who she is and who she will be are very different things. When in life do we realize that something must change? Perhaps we choose the wrong initial path to begin a metamorphosis but the results is often what it needs to be. Eleanor is living a solitary existence and she has beliefs based on her sad childhood. She is quirky, funny, smart, observant and at times down right rude and yet I liked her or maybe I just wanted more for her. I wanted to see how she grew into her new her. This is a story about change and hope for a more complete life. The author does a great job in building Elanor's character and taking us a journey of change, forgiveness of oneself, hope for tomorrow, letting go of the past and embracing the now. This is the authors debut novel, we will be seeing much more of her work in the future. This book reminded me a lot of the book, Florence Gordon, by Brian Morton. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20256545-florence-gordon?ac=1&from_search=true In both of these books there is much growth of personalities and an awareness of one's current life.

Thank you to Penguin's First to Read program for the advance copy of this novel. As I began reading ,I thought "oh no, another misfit protagonist bumbling through life awaiting their eureka moment but what a pleasant surprise.The beginning was a little slow and I was concerned that I was going to become annoyed with the automaton -like curmudgeonly Eleanor . But please read on. The gentle unfolding of Eleanor's past and metamorphosis of her present is humorous, heart-wrenching and beautiful. I could not help rooting for her and aching with her in the bad times and rejoicing with her in the good.From the start, I could understand her thought processes and wished that she would just filter her opinions even though they had a slight "Amelia Bedelia" humorous bent just so she could fit in.Only because she did want desperately to fit in. As more is revealed, her actions are so clearly explained that you want to help. Thank heavens for Raymond who can take on that mantle for you.By the time, I reached the last two-thirds of the book, I would anxiously wait for the moments that I could return to the story. Unfortunately, the ending was perfect for the story but I wanted more of Eleanor. I verified that I had truly run out of pages and smiled but was disappointed that I had to bid Eleanor and the richly drawn secondary characters adieu.

At first glance, Eleanor embodies all the characteristics that make a person seem "off," or even simply unlikable. As she stumbles her way through awkward office encounters and her own attempts at being helpful, that in reality come off as terribly rude, we are invited to see a bit more of what exactly Eleanor intends, which is often not at all the same as the end result. This dark comedy of errors endears us to her and encourages empathy and compassion for this odd woman and her very blunt nature that is not accustomed to even the most basic social niceties we all do or say but don't really mean. This story is full of humor, pain, and hope that we can create better for ourselves (and for each other) than we've been given. I can't recommend Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine highly enough.

I absolutely adored this story. Eleanor is an awkward, isolated, somewhat sad woman of 30 years old. She has had the same job since leaving university, and spends her free time doing crosswords and drinking vodka. The only close relationship Eleanor seems to have is with her mother, which seems both dysfunctional and manipulative. Through a series of events, Eleanor is thrust into new social situations and has the opportunity to branch outside her comfortable contained world. This was a heartwarming, funny, sometimes sarcastic story of the pains of the past and the promises of the future. Very glad to have gotten an early copy of this delightful book.

4.5 Stars Eleanor Oliphant is lacking the social awareness that would have her filter her comments, or even consider for a moment that she needs to do so. She’s a unique individual with a unique view on the world and how it works – especially as it relates to people. ”Animals, birds and insects can provide such useful insights. If I’m ever unsure as to the correct course of action, I’ll think, ‘What would a ferret do?’ or ‘How would a salamander respond to this situation?’ Invariably, I find the right answer.” Approaching 30 years old, Eleanor is a charming, quirky, socially naïve, emotionally awkward young woman who leads a lonely life, she has worked in the same office for eight years now, in the same job, a finance clerk. She has her routine down and no aspirations for the future of rising in the ranks. An hour for lunch, her crossword puzzles, her weekly conversations with Mummy, these are the constants of her life. Variations in routine send her into a momentary tizzy; too many deviations send her reaching for her vodka. She avoids socializing, but will make an appearance as needed for a work related event, but only to avoid more unwanted attention that she would undoubtedly be subjected to should she choose not to attend. Ideally, she would prefer to blend in with the paintings on the walls, the furniture, the woodwork. That is, until she sees him, the man Mummy always told her would be right for her. For him, she might risk being seen. When she requires IT help at work, she meets Raymond, she does a quick assessment of his grooming and wardrobe shortcomings, while he is new enough not to be put off by her awkwardness, he leaves her feeling as though he views her as normal – which in itself is an oddity in her workplace. In the awkward getting-to-know-you phase of a work friendly relationship, Raymond and Eleanor happen to be in the right place at the right time, at least for Sammy Thom, when they see him collapse in the street. Suddenly, they are thrust into Sammy’s life, sitting bedside at his hospital bed, hoping for his recovery, meeting his family, and becoming an extended part of Sammy’s family. Eleanor is prodded into forsaking her routines, stepping outside of her comfort zone once Raymond and Sammy enter the picture. She begins to feel noticed in a good way, and begins to try to believe in life, in goodness. Believe in someone besides Mummy. Little by little I was charmed by this overwhelmed, damaged woman-child, her odd view of the world, her dislike of proper grammar when texting, her take on “human mating rituals” such as flirting, her incredulity that anyone would want to be her friend, her slow unearthing of her own voice, her discovery that others might enjoy her company. It felt a little bit like that iconic moment in 1984’s Academy Award’s acceptance speech, when Sally Field said: “You like me, right now, you like me!” ” I was getting to quite like my own voice, my own thoughts. I wanted more of them. They made me feel good, calm even. They made me feel like me.” Although this covers some rather calamitous childhood events, it is done without any sensationalism. It incorporates some of the coping mechanisms, as well as some of the causes of the physical and emotional scars of her childhood. Eleanor Oliphant shows us the significance of kindness, the consequence of the absence of kindness, and the magnitude of even a small gesture of kindness. A wonderfully uplifting debut novel! Pub Date: 9 May 2017 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Penguin Group Viking / Pamela Dorman Books

Eleanor Oliphant lives a solitary life and on the surface, is completely fine. However, as the book progresses, it becomes apparent that she really isn't. Eleanor doesn't have any friends, unless you include her houseplant Polly, and has trouble in social situations. However, after she and a colleague help a man who fainted in the street, she begins to gain friends, which leads to her beginning to grapple with her difficult past. Eleanor encountered tragedy at a young age and dealt with it by shutting it and others out. She would tell herself that she was completely fine but she would also blame herself for anything that went wrong in her life, even when it wasn’t her fault. Eventually, she begins to realize that there are people around her who care for her and want the best for her. As a result, she starts confronting her past and standing up to the negative voice that lives in her head and sounds like her mother. I fell in love with this book almost immediately. The characters aren’t shiny or perfect in any way and readers will be able to relate to them, which is refreshing. Gail Honeyman is a talented writer and I’m excited to see what she produces in the future. I highly recommend this book and think you need it on your bookshelf this summer.

What an amazing book! I quickly fell in love with the quirky, intelligent and very lonely Eleanor Oliphant in the first chapter. This well written story is funny, witty, tender and heart-wrenching. I had originally thought that Eleanor's social awkwardness was possibly due to Aspergers, but as the author drops little crumbs about Eleanor's past you begin to realize that she is wearing her solitary lifestyle and her adherence to routine as a kind of armor, protecting herself from hurt and enabling her to survive the horrors of her childhood. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has you cheering for her early on and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to for Gail Honeyman's next book and to see this onscreen!

I wasn't real hopeful when I started this book. It seemed to be a humorous yet sad book about an annoying, difficult to love, frustrating woman. And it certainly is some of that. But I grew to champion Eleanor, a woman who was abused by her mother, dealt with extreme tragedy and just decided that she was better off alone. As a result she never learned to properly interact with people and found she had more productive interactions with a bottle. With the help of a newly found and surprising new friend she learns to take control of her life and face the tragedies of her life to emerge a new and know worthy person. I loved her much as I loved Backman's Ove and Stout's Britt Marie. Don't give up on Eleanor Oliphant!

Eleanor Oliphant is a thirty year old accounts receivable clerk who has a humdrum existence. She calls herself a self contained entity, eating lunch alone while doing crossword puzzles and spending every weekend alone with bottles of vodka. She feels freakish and ugly since she has scar tissue across her right cheek, a result of third degree burns suffered during childhood. She speaks to Mummy by phone every Wednesday. Eleanor lives with the only item to have survived her childhood, her parrot plant, Polly. Having been raised from age ten in the foster care system, she has no appropriate social skills. Society has kept her fed, clothed and educated, but unloved. Mummy's phone calls are hurtful and abusive. Mummy tells Eleanor that she's let people down, can't be trusted and that her facial scars show the past living on her face. Despite this criticism, she embarks upon a mission to find a boyfriend or husband. This will keep Mummy happy. Eleanor decides to change her outward appearance to attract dreamy rock musician, Johnnie Lomond. Raymond,a co-worker from the IT department of her office, starts a budding friendship with Eleanor after both of them assist an accident victim. Through Raymond's kindness and ministrations, Eleanor's inner emotions and feelings slowly start to emerge. She revisits her childhood memories with help from Raymond, her first real friend. Confronting her past will enable her to change the trajectory of her life. Eleanor Oliphant had a tumultous, mindboggling upbringing. Her journey is one of hope for a better future, a future fought for and won by facing her demons and disassociating herself with the perpetrator(s) of abuse. "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman is an excellent debut novel. Thank you Viking-Pamela Dorman Books and First To Read for the opportunity to read and review "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine".

I loved this story. It was a sad story that turns into a feel good story. Aren't those always great? My only problem was the main character; I didn't really like her. She was quirky and broken and unloved which is always a good combination for a main character. Unfortunately I think she was missing the endearing part of her character. That's the part that makes you able to overlook all the flaws. I didn't find her endearing at all. I found her lack of social skills bordering on obtuse. Ultimately I guess I found her a bit unbelievable. But, I do think this is a story completely worth the time to read - it's a great story that will stick with you for a long time. My thanks to the publisher for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Eleanor oliphant is completely fine, much in the same way that my grandmother brings up the fact that her "...grandkids don't visit often enough... but it's fine," when everything is "fine", it's never good enough. I read Eleanor's story during an 11- hour road trip so I was able to finish it while rarely needing to put it down and it was a wonderful way to pass the time. I enjoyed seeing the world through her perspective. From the early chapters, she communicates so literally that her self-awareness and understanding of social skills is almost like someone who is experiencing culture shock. And in a way, she is. She has made a decision to experience new things in hopes that there is an Eleanor-sized hole in someone's life that she's meant to fit into. Instead, she meets some wonderfully unpretentious people and begins to understand that life is what you make it. And she's surprised by how gratifying it is to do nice things for other people. At the same time, having friends can mean painful losses, just as well as triumphant rescues. Eleanor has found herself a lovely and unlikely friend. But that's not the beautiful part. The beautiful part is that she's learning how to be a friend to others. And that skill will serve her well because she is a lovely person and I'm going to miss her on my 11 -hour trip home. I'd love to read more.

I was immediately drawn and captured by the strange world of Eleanor Oliphant. She comes from a background of disregard and painful abuse. She is a heroine in so many ways. She fights her demons and makes friends through her journey to find herself. I wI'll definitely be seeking more books from this author. Her quirky style is simply magical.

Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Several pages in I was nowhere near connecting with the novel. It just did not capture my attention. Did not finish - time is too precious to force through an un-engaging read! I do hope that others will enjoy this novel though.

 


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