This was recommended by my FB book club and since joining have explored lots of new genres I wouldn’t have read this before but I am so very glad I did I loved the story and as for Eleanor OMG I totally fell in love with her character and quirkiness I was sad to finish it and would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know
Bravo Gail Honeyman. What an outstanding debut novel you've delivered. Eleanor Oliphant (Ms) may well be completelyfine but the entire book was completely excellent. I'll admit I went into this book with the expectation bar set to lofty heights having seen nothing but 4 and 5 star reviews from my friends. Ms Oliphant and I got off to a slow start. I couldn't quite relate to her quirky mannerisms and overly formal, less than friendly personality. I was dreading the thought of being the outlier, having to write a luke warm review. I should not have wasted even a moment thinking those thoughts as in no time at all she had started to worm her way into my heart. This book was full of funny moments, clever observations and a story I adored. So engrossed was I that when I finished part one and saw part two was titled Bad Days I gasped out loud and said "oh no". I was devastated to think that things were to take a turn for the worse just when I'd been so happy with how things had been progressing for Eleanor. It don't want to spoil the story for other readers so am staying clear of the plot or my thoughts on how and why Eleanor is the way she is. I can't however resist commenting on Raymond. His mother was right when she described him as having a heart of gold. Not only was he accepting of Eleanor, he was the most wonderful support when she needed it most. Eleanors responses to him caused me no end of entertainment and he gave me reason to have hope for her future. I loved this piece of text as Eleanor recognises the true value of Raymond's friendship.
<i> " This is what I felt: the warm weight of his hands on me; the genuineness in his smile; the gentle heat of something opening, the way some flowers spread out in the morning at the sight of the sun. I knew what was happening. It was the unscarred piece of my heart. It was just big enough to let in a bit of affection. There was still a tiny bit of room left."<i/>
As Eleanor herself somewhat hesitantly acknowledged <i>"one only gets a single chance to make a first impression".<i/> What an exceptional first impression this authors writing has made upon thousands of readers and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.
This is a very heartwarming story, highlighting the thoughts and actions of someone who has suffered severe trauma. Through Eleanor 's eyes the reader certainly becomes enlightened and invested in her healing process. A very refreshing and helpful story, without over-dramatising mental health issues. Highly recommended reading.
Heartbreaking and heartwarming while utterly life-affirming - this is an incredible special read.
Eleanor's journey out of the shadows proves the power of a little kindness. This is a poignant and amusing tale, despite highlighting the woeful community support for mental health, it is full of hilarious first steps into modern female life.
Eleanor is a character that is easy to love not because of her very real and human struggles as she works through life. She has a completely unique and endearing approach to life. Her strangeness is gradually revealed.
From a near-recluse (in her leisure time) Raymond, a guy who works nearby, gently introduces her to new experiences and new people and in the process she begins to make friends and eventually this leads her to find the courage to confront her past.
The first person narrative allows you to see the world through her eyes although Gail Honeymon skilfully develops other characters so that the reader is able to also see different viewpoints. Even at the end, you feel Eleanor will always be different yet she is admirable, funny and remains true to herself.
I think 'Eleanor Oliphant is CompletelyFine' has done for books what 'Forrest Gump' did for movies... it just makes you believe in the human spirit and let's face it - we need more of that. Superb!!
This novel perpetuates the stereotypical ‘single lonely girl’ trope under the disguise of trying to talk about big subjects. Again, our lead character is alone due to a past trauma (admittedly a horrible one), demonstrating that there is something wrong with her. What could have been an excellent examination of someone who is a bit odd but ‘completelyfine’ instead only explains that the lead character is lonely and unhappy and that unless she deals with this, she is going to end up alone. The fact that as she begins to deal with her past and begins to become ‘normal’, she begins to appear attractive to others, with unsubtle foreshadowing of a relationship only further cements the novel and the lead character as a poor stereotype. It is a pity because there was so much more that this novel could have done, rather than try to label being alone as loneliness. The clumsy allusions peppered throughout to try to give Eleanor an stereotypical oddness add no value and read as though the author has had a checklist of literary devices to use next to her as she wrote. There are some genuine moments of humour and Eleanor is an interesting character - I just wish that what made her unique was not treated as the cause and symptoms of ‘lonliness’
If A Little Life and Bridget Jones’ Diary had a lovechild, with Bridget having the dominant genes, Eleanor Oliphant is CompletelyFine would be that child. Eleanor is a warm character, whose tragic past can’t help but illicit sympathy. The book is a Richard Curtis film-in-waiting. And like a Richard Curtis film, the book will most appeal to the easiest pleased. It has a bit of struggle, a nice ending, some idiosyncratic Britishness but bears no scrutiny. Eleanor’s a good character, but she’s doesn’t exist outside page being read. One minute she has mental illness, then it’s PTSD, the next she’s just kooky, then risky bonkers. One minute she’s never been inside a shop or had a friend, the next she’s loved by all who meet her. It makes no sense; as a reader you just have to park your intelligence and be willing to accept it (I was reminded more than once of the notecard-at-the-door scene in Love Actually).
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Eleanor Oliphant is CompletelyFine' by Gail Honeyman. This was a fiction book I kept hearing about and a few people told me it was really good. I initially thought it might be a bit silly-I wondered if it would live up to the hype. It was great, totally different to what I expected.
I was laughing before the end of the first chapter-what a character Eleanor was going to be-so funny! It was so easy to read and so easy to get into. A refreshing change.
It went from great fun and quirky to intriguing, to revealing. You quickly realise that this will be a multi-layer work, there is far more to the story. The initial fun and quirky remarks amuse greatly-but then you see that there are deeper issues at work. There is a sadness about this girl. You begin to see what makes Eleanor, Eleanor. She says she 's completelyfine-but she's really not fine at all!
I'm so glad I read it now, it was an unforgettable book.