Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Smart, warm, uplifting, 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 her heartMeet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred chee...

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ISBN:0735220689
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:327 pages

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Reviews

  • Elyse
    Mar 23, 2017

    Update.....I found a copy in my notes from last year ---

    Here is the review I wrote right after I read it. I realize - almost a year later I can still remember so much about this story: ELEANOR is a terrific character ... and this book is great!!! Even GROWS on you!!!

    Eleanor Oliphant, almost 30 years old, is one of those odd characters we think we may have seen before in our books --- lonely - awkward - lacking social skills. She doesn't have filters when it comes to saying what she's thinking. Y

    Update.....I found a copy in my notes from last year ---

    Here is the review I wrote right after I read it. I realize - almost a year later I can still remember so much about this story: ELEANOR is a terrific character ... and this book is great!!! Even GROWS on you!!!

    Eleanor Oliphant, almost 30 years old, is one of those odd characters we think we may have seen before in our books --- lonely - awkward - lacking social skills. She doesn't have filters when it comes to saying what she's thinking. Yet....Eleanor Oliphant has a

    uniqueness that only she can claim.

    Eleanor goes to the same office job - M-F 8:30 to 5:30 every day. She works as a finance clerk. She takes an hour lunch break. We know her weekday supper routines and her weekend menu. Weekends are frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

    Eleanor's life changes after she meets Raymond, a co-worker IT guy. His sloppy -unkempt style doesn't bother Eleanor-she never had any friends to begin with and she wasn't a fashion queen herself.

    Raymond and Eleanor help a man, Sammy, who took a fall -- and the three of them become allies for each other. They begin to unleash from their individual isolated lives

    and bond together in a heartwarming friendship.

    This story really makes you realize how valuable one friend can be. Eleanor had been stuck in ways she didn't even have the eyes to see - let alone do anything about it.

    But it's Raymond -his goodness- that ultimately helps Eleanor mend her broken heart....by helping her face areas of her painful childhood she has avoided.

    The story is broken down into three sections:.

    Good Days

    Bad Days

    Better Days

    Tender- touching - and plenty of heart.

    This is another book that I read last year… The book was given to me last summer. I wrote a review but I have no idea where it is.

    I do remember enjoying it!! I still have the book in my house. I'm walking now, I can research the review or look through the book later but it was quirky and enjoyable.......NEVER FOUND IT THROUGH GR's .... but I had a copy!

  • Karen
    Jun 01, 2017

    4.5.

    Oh, Eleanor Oliphant is quite the character! Eleanor is 30, single, and troubled by her abusive past, her way of speaking is very blunt. Eleanor lives a solitary life..she likes crossword puzzles and vodka!

    You can't help but fall for her and root for her to find happiness. I can't say much more, I don't want to give anything away about the story.

    I definitely recommend this book!

  • Fran
    Apr 24, 2017

    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 p

    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".

  • Cheri
    Apr 25, 2017

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    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.

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    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.

    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!”

    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

  • Diane S ☔
    May 13, 2017

    What an absolutely fantastic character Eleanor is, a character that grew on me the more I read. She has had a scarred childhood, though we don't learn exactly what happened until later in the story, she wears the evidence on her face. She remembers little from that time only knows she was burned in a fire. Raised in a series of group homes, given an apartment by social services who still check on her though she is now thirty. She has few social skills, is very matter of fact, has no friends, few

    What an absolutely fantastic character Eleanor is, a character that grew on me the more I read. She has had a scarred childhood, though we don't learn exactly what happened until later in the story, she wears the evidence on her face. She remembers little from that time only knows she was burned in a fire. Raised in a series of group homes, given an apartment by social services who still check on her though she is now thirty. She has few social skills, is very matter of fact, has no friends, few filters and has a schedule that she keeps to, a job she likes and insists she is fine. Until a crush with a musician and an IT guy named Raymond derails her schedule and her life.

    Why did I give this five stars? It is a first book, with nary a misstep, an assured book with amazing writing and character development. Plus it is difficult to take a book with so few characters, and not only make it interesting enough to keep the reader immersed, but to let us see the way Eleanor changes and grows throughout the story. There is much humor, there is also sadness and I came to embrace this character in all her strangeness, loved when she figured things out and came to terms with her past. There are a few places where the author could have gone overboard on sweetness but she kept true to the character of Eleanor and just managed to stay on the border, without crossing over. This is a book I will remember, it was that good and meaningful, in my opinion.

    Looking forward to great things from this new author, she is a true talent.

    Thanks to my friend Esil who told me to grab this one.

    ARC from publisher.

  • Deanna
    May 10, 2017

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    ALL THE STARS !!!

    I won an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you!

    To be honest, I'm not sure if this book would have been on my radar if I hadn't won it. Although the great reviews may have pulled me in. At any rate, I am so happy I read it.

    I LOVED THIS BOOK !!

    Just like it says in the title of the book, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine....well she thinks she is. She is honestly not worried that

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    ALL THE STARS !!!

    I won an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you!

    To be honest, I'm not sure if this book would have been on my radar if I hadn't won it. Although the great reviews may have pulled me in. At any rate, I am so happy I read it.

    I LOVED THIS BOOK !!

    Just like it says in the title of the book, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine....well she thinks she is. She is honestly not worried that she may be missing out on anything. She is content with her life.

    Eleanor is a little bit....odd. She's very intelligent and well-spoken with impeccable grammar (thanks to Mummy) but she lacks the ability to filter what she says and therefore she will tell you exactly what she's thinking. This can lead to very awkward situations.

    Eleanor is comfortable with her routines. She's worked at the same job for nine years. She starts work at 8:30, at lunch she buys a newspaper which she reads from cover to cover and then does the crossword. She finishes out her day, leaving work at 5:30. Eleanor listens to the Archers as she makes a simple dinner (usually pasta and salad - one pan one plate), watches TV or reads for a little while then off to bed at ten. Her weekday routine only changes on Wednesday when she talks with "Mummy" for ten minutes.

    Weekends are a bit different. After work Friday she picks up pizza, wine and two big bottles of Vodka for the weekend. She drinks the vodka over the weekend.....in a state where she's neither drunk nor sober, waiting for Monday to come. No one comes over and she doesn't go anywhere to visit. She sometimes wonders if she's a figment of her own imagination.

    But she's fine with it. She's fine. There's nothing missing, she doesn't need anyone else. Well that was what she told herself. But then it happens...

    Now Eleanor is on a mission. First she decides a make-over is in order....and where she starts is both shocking and hilarious. I really want to write about what happened but I think I would spoil a very funny moment for many readers.

    Things don't go exactly as planned.

    When her computer at work stops working she meets Raymond from IT. An easy-going guy, Raymond is intrigued by Eleanor, but she's just not interested. She's busy trying to re-create herself for the man of her dreams. But after work one day Eleanor and Raymond come across a man who has fallen on the sidewalk. Together they help the man, Sammy and so begins a friendship along with the start of many changes in Eleanor's life.

    The story is told from Eleanor's point of view. We go along for the ride as she navigates her way through her life, learning to stand up for herself. But it won't be easy. Secrets and memories that have been tucked away for many years can be painful to remember.

    When you have trouble with social skills I can see how it would be easier to refrain from situations where things could go wrong so fast..... It would be easier being alone. As I mentioned there are many funny moments throughout the book. I really like how the author wrote these parts. I never felt like I was laughing AT Eleanor but at the things she said or the situations she ended up in. However, there are also many sad and painful moments. Times where I felt terrible for Eleanor.

    Some of the funniest parts came out of nowhere - the phone doesn't ring often but if telemarketers call Eleanor whispers "I know where you live" and hangs up. Often it was what she would be saying to herself that was funny.

    An incredible read that had me bouncing from one emotion to the next. The author did a tremendous job bringing these wonderfully unique characters to life.

    It's hard to believe this is the author's debut novel.

    There are so many words that can be used to describe this novel - hilarious , unique, heartwarming, heartbreaking, charming, hopeful, inspiring, and COMPLETELY unforgettable.

    You should read it!!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jun 02, 2017

    Eleanor Oliphant..I love you.

    Eleanor lives a pretty solitary life. She really doesn't understand people. She spends most of her time alone in her apartment, reading interesting books and having her Wednesday afternoon phone calls with "Mummy."

    She is fine with that. Along with her little treat.

    One day she sees the man that is going to change her life and starts changing things in order to be ready when he re

    Eleanor Oliphant..I love you.

    Eleanor lives a pretty solitary life. She really doesn't understand people. She spends most of her time alone in her apartment, reading interesting books and having her Wednesday afternoon phone calls with "Mummy."

    She is fine with that. Along with her little treat.

    One day she sees the man that is going to change her life and starts changing things in order to be ready when he realizes he loves her.

    Eleanor gets ready to...........

    Then she and a scruffy co-worker stumble upon an old man that has passed out and Eleanor's life begins to change.

    But she is still Eleanor...

    I loved this book. I thought it was going to make it to one of my favorites.

    But then that stupid ending.

    That made me almost one star this book.

    When are authors going to realize that every book doesn't have to have a dramatic twist? This book was perfect and deserved so much better. I'm still pissed.

  • Pouting Always
    Jun 04, 2017

    Eleanor Oliphant lives a fairly secluded life due to her lack of social graces and crippling self esteem and anxiety issues. She works at a graphic design firm in the finance department and spends the rest of her time at home, usually drinking. Her social life consists of a phone call with her mummy every week. Then one day she goes to a concert, for which she won tickets in a raffle, and falls in love at first sight with a musician. Eleanor decides to make some changes to herself as part of a p

    Eleanor Oliphant lives a fairly secluded life due to her lack of social graces and crippling self esteem and anxiety issues. She works at a graphic design firm in the finance department and spends the rest of her time at home, usually drinking. Her social life consists of a phone call with her mummy every week. Then one day she goes to a concert, for which she won tickets in a raffle, and falls in love at first sight with a musician. Eleanor decides to make some changes to herself as part of a plan to get her dream man. Meanwhile a new hire in the IT department of her company, Raymond, strikes up a friendship with Eleanor. As things change for Eleanor she is forced to confront the past and confront the real reason for her recent desire for more.

    I really enjoyed this, oh man Eleanor is so quirky and endearing. Her inner monologue was excellent and I could really relate to her. I had an especially visceral reaction when

    because come on who hasn't had a moment like that. I've had my fair share of moments when I try really hard and then just feel embarrassed and stupid about everything I've done. Eleanor just felt so real and human. The only thing that annoyed me was the ending when

    because it felt unnecessary and I didn't think we needed a plot twist like it kind of ruined all her conversations with her mom for me a little bit. Everything else was really great though, definitely 4.5 stars.

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