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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PerthEastLibrary Mar 22, 2016

3.7 stars

PerthEastLibrary Mar 28, 2019

The "PEPL Book Club" read this for their March meeting. The group thought that the difficult subjects in this book were well written. They enjoyed the humour in the book and found it to be an enjoyable read. They discussed social norms, loneliness verses living alone, and Raymond's sinc... Read More »

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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Jun 24, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is not only Completely Fine, she is endearing. I love the way the author developed the characters and the relationships. I wasn’t sure I’d like the book since it was recommended by someone whose literary tastes are so different from mine, so I was pleasantly surprised. 5 stars - Reese Witherspoon was right!

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Jun 07, 2019

Loved it 5 stars

May 25, 2019

This is such a great view of the life of a person who has been abused and left to survive on their own terms.

May 10, 2019

This was amazing and if you can listen to the audio version, it is so very worth it. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is sad, yet the number of times I caught myself laughing out loud made for a strange and compelling read. All the buzz on the this book is well deserved!

WestSlope_StaffPicks May 10, 2019

Eleanor has a perfectly good life. She has a challenging job she enjoys, personal time in the evenings and on weekends to do what she enjoys—drinking Vodka and reading novels. She avoids parties and other social gatherings, but when she can’t, she is frequently confused about her interactions with others. One day she meets the Raymond, the unkempt IT guy from her work when an elderly man collapses on the street and she grudgingly helps out. As their paths continue to cross, Eleanor’s life starts to change.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a sweet and authentic story of a woman who has walled herself off from others, but finds the courage to understand her traumatic childhood and to allow the wall to come down. ~ Geralyn

TSCPL_Miranda May 09, 2019

I'm so glad that I finally made time to read this book. Wow! Honeyman has written one of the best stories of growth and character development that I've ever read. Eleanor is intelligent, organized, and calm. She's just fine. Really, she's fine.
At the beginning of the book, Eleanor is locked in a routine. She works all week, blurs the weekend with vodka, and then does it all over again. She has no friends, no filter, and no social skills. Her mother is scathing and cruel. Then she meets someone who gradually becomes a friend. He's warm and easygoing. They eat lunch together, and message back and forth, and he cares about her feelings and cares enough to check in on her. He changes her life.
This book has a little bit of everything. It made me laugh, it kept me turning the pages eagerly, there were some real twists, I cried near the end, and then I turned the final page with a big smile on my face. Love, love, love.

May 05, 2019

I loved this book. Gayle Honeyman is brilliant. Can't wait for her next book. This book deals with modern day loneliness, childhood trauma, friendship, love and so much more. This will be my next choice for book club.

JCLHeatherC Apr 16, 2019

Superb! Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine made me laugh out loud and also shed a few tears along the way.

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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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