Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Paperback - 2018
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"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 heart. 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 : Penguin Books, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735220690
Characteristics: 325, 7 pages ; 21 cm.


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Join the Northtown Branch as we discuss Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor struggles with social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when... (more)

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June 2017 pick, Reese's Book Club

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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

Charming and matter-of-fact Eleanor Oliphant isn't looking to be the life of the party. She's content with her daytime office administrative job and spending time alone at night. Yet when she and her co-worker Raymond witness an accident together, their lives become inextricably entwined. This ad... Read More »

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ArapahoeJulia Oct 16, 2020

I really loved this book mainly because I loved Eleanor. She was so incredibly logical, even in her social interactions, which made her come across as awkward and overly formal. She had been through so much in her life and started controlling all that she could about her circumstances.

I don't know if it was her intense desire for control or her ability to keep moving forward after her very painful past, but Eleanor felt so relatable and she totally tugged on my heart strings. Her character is very much the heart and soul of this book, which means this novel is perfect for the character-driven reader!

Oct 13, 2020

I suppose when a book gets such high reviews, you think it’s going to blow you over. The expectations were too high on this book, in my opinion. Mostly because Eleanor was not a relatable person. Despite her “quirks”, which most excuse out of compassion, she was too critical of others and their behaviors to be relatable.

Oct 13, 2020

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with navigating the social world, but when she meets Raymond from IT everything changes. An accident makes Eleanor an unexpected heroine and she and Raymond set off on a journey of self-discovery and friendship.

At first, it is hard to like Eleanor. I mean really hard. There are so many times I found myself sighing in frustration or rolling my eyes. Fortunately, Honeyman writes with a compelling voice and in the moments where Eleanor isn't being her frustrating self, she can be quite unintentionally funny! The point of the novel is to watch Eleanor change and grow, and the process is beautiful. Watching her treat socialization as something of an experiment at first is heartwarming, adorkable, and sometimes painful. She must confront her past in order to heal and find the friends and love she has been searching for all her life.

This was an emotional roller coaster of a novel that I couldn't put down (evidently as I finished it in one day!). I know that this is a book that will linger with a lot of readers- I know it will be one of my favourites I read this year.

Aug 24, 2020

I am so sad that this audio book came to an end! It's the best book of my summer so far. I will be thinking of Eleanor and Raymond for a long while.

Aug 14, 2020

One of the very best books I've ever read. Devastating and beautiful. You can't help rooting for Eleanor!

Aug 14, 2020

A girl who is completely on her own regardless of her surrounding people. She seems to be completely fine according to her, but when she meet certain people she finds a solution how to cope up with her abused mother and let go off everything and start a new beginning. At the beginning i felt boring but later on i was eager to know how and when Eleanor is going to be completely fine. Its a good book to read.

Aug 11, 2020

I loved this. I love Eleanor. What a treat of a character she is. I hope to forget it soon so I can read it again and experience it anew.

Aug 07, 2020

Based on the cover design, I expected this to be a light, fun read. This turned out to be the BEST book I've read in 2020!

Eleanor is much deeper than the picture on the cover leads you to believe. Amusingly written, well developed and interesting characters, with a deceptively simple plot that I found I couldn't look away from, I finished it too quickly. I highly recommend!

Jul 24, 2020

The title of Gail Honeyman’s book “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is sarcasm. Eleanor is anything, but fine. She is physically and mentally scarred by her abusive mother. She is getting by, by keeping herself tightly in check and getting drunk on the weekends to keep the memories at bay. This book is the story of how her world changes when she is forced to become involved an act of kindness for a stranger. How recovery is not a pretty picture. How sometimes you have to admit to yourself, you need help to stand up for yourself and face your personal demons. It was good.

Jul 21, 2020

There’s so much buzz about other first-published fiction writers like Sally Rooney and Stephanie Danler, and I’m sure so many others. Good for them: Conversations with Friends was really good but kind of gimmicky, but much better than Normal People as the gimmick wore off. And Sweetbitter was kind of annoying and predictable but brilliantly written which is absolutely frustrating to tell you the truth. With those, I didn’t drop lifeless in my chair and stick there until I was finished reading, getting numb and hungry but unable to stop like I did with this one.

And honestly, it seems kind of gimmicky but to me it was just enough quirk and plot and suspense to make me sit still and lose a day in that uncomfortable chair. Actually there’s a lot of quirk. Brilliant quirk. Brilliant British quirk, the best kind of all. It’s a way of learning about another place, through someone else’s eyes, living through situations you never will. And have so much fun while you are sitting still, not being in mental anguish from abuse you never had inflicted upon you.

Not to say this is depressing. It could have been, and it is a little fiction-ish. But somehow I enjoyed getting lost in a weird-as-hell character who says what she thinks, and what you’d say if you were being honest and if you were living in a really strange bubble. Such fun to be honest. And it makes you think about how much we lie and cover up and hide and pretend and be nice when we really don’t want to give our names to the barista.

I haven’t recommended this to my friends or family because I’m just not sure it’s for everyone. But whenever someone talks about wishing people would just be honest with them, I feel like they should read this book and they’d get a good look at why people aren’t going to ever “be honest.”

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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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