Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman - Book Review ★★★★☆

Great for: A warm and uplifting read before bed

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I was so worried that this book wouldn’t live up to the hype that it took me a while to start it but as soon I did I knew I was going to love every minute. It’s an effortless read about the shame of loneliness and the huge impact of small kindnesses.

The main character Eleanor lives a secluded life largely due to her lack of filter and off-putting bluntness. By her own standards she is fine, but reading about her Friday treats of frozen pizza and excessive vodka consumption, it’s difficult not to pity her.

‘Nearly everything I know about love, I’ve learnt from my long-term friendships with women.’

Her life is in a stagnant routine until she becomes fixated on a musician and decides to start altering herself in the hopes of getting into a relationship and therefore being ‘cured’ of her abnormality.

Eleanor is incredibly written in that she is both unlikeable and loveable, in parts she is annoying but never irritating to read. Her character grows on you, partly due to her softening as she develops new relationships and partly from understanding the events that made her the way she is.

 

It’s hard to believe this is the author’s debut novel. It’s a very accessible story that hits the perfect ratio of sad and funny, it takes a traumatic issue and weaves it into something heart-warming.