Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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"Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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 kind of friends who rescue each other 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780735220683
Characteristics: 327 pages


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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published for the Stratford Gazette November 2017.

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OPL_AmyW May 26, 2018

A frank, and surprisingly funny, look at how easy it is to ignore or deny mental illness and allow it to become the norm. I found myself laughing with Eleanor at other character's eccentricities and bad manners and cheering her on as she slowly starts to push past her loneliness and lack of understanding, making genuine connections with those around her. I don't know if I've ever read a more honest portrayal of a "functioning" depressive, the person who is able to meet deadlines, get up and get to work in the morning, but whose body shuts down after those daily requirements are fulfilled.

May 13, 2018

This is May's book selection for Jen Lancaster's online Bitter is the New Book club....I absolutely loved it!! Eleanor is so literal and so awkward (even though she thinks it's everyone else who is weird).....sad undertones, but I laughed out loud so many times throughout!! Very good!! Highly recommend....

Apr 26, 2018

Loved this book. The main character reminds me of Amy Farrah Fowler. The story is sad and funny. Very well written book.

VaughanPLBecca Apr 23, 2018

An easy read with an eccentric and quirky but lovable main character. Sort of a cross between "The Rosie Project" and "Where'd you go, Bernadette." I couldn't put it down.

Apr 18, 2018

Love the book. Eleanor is a character that anyone can relate to. We all have those "I don't fit in" moments, and Eleanor displays them magnificently.

Just got to adjust to the British dialect.

amf_0 Apr 11, 2018

Great read - quirky but engaging narrator, addictive story and pacing. Very hard to put down (so I didn't! )

Mar 27, 2018

I absolutely loved this novel. From the opening pages, you simply can't put it down. The story is told in the first person with the title character revealing more and more about herself and her background and experience with each chapter. Humor plays a big role in the storytelling, I laughed out loud over and over. Yet the story has it's dark side and plot surprises which help the reader to better understand the main character. Ultimately the story turns on the complex relationship between a parent and her children while focusing on, what is admittedly, an extreme example. I finished the book a couple of days ago but can't stop thinking about it. I have recommended it to countless friends. Gail Honeyman's is a unique and utterly refreshing voice. I can't wait to read her next novel.

Mar 26, 2018

This novel had me completely hooked after the first chapter or so. The main character has a very sad backstory and also a very sad present, but she grows on you and is an immensely appealing character. I would have given this a higher rating, but the last quarter of the book I felt lost its intensity a bit, as though the author was anxious to finish. This was a first novel, and I'd love to read a sequel to see where Eleanor Oliphant goes from here.

Mar 26, 2018

This is an amazing book - highly entertaining (I found it hard to put down) but also extremely powerful, allowing you to reflect on the tremendous impact we can have on each other for the good.

Mar 24, 2018

Took me a while,to get into it,but when i did i found it hard to put down.Bit different to what i normally read,but it was very good

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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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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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