Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Book Review #34

I needed a change from Myron Bolitar and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine was the perfect book for me. It was totally different from all the crime novels I’ve been reading this year.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?

My Thoughts

I’ve been on the lookout for this book since I saw MumofThreeWorld’s review earlier this year. It finally came into the charity shop and I snatched it up before anyone else had a chance!

I loved it. There’s something about Eleanor that I really liked. She’s had a traumatic past but we don’t find out straight away, we get bits and bobs thrown in throughout the story; this is what keeps you wanting to read more to find out exactly what happened to her.

You start to feel that you have to know why she has visits from a social worker every six months, how she got the scars on her face and hand, why her mother calls from prison every Wednesday night and why she’s been in the care system since she was 10.

Whilst she’s intelligent and very well spoken, she’s socially inept. This is quite funny at times but can also make you cringe a little!

I loved seeing the change in her after meeting the new IT guy, Raymond. She starts to learn how to behave in social situations. Most importantly, she learns what it’s like to have a proper friend and how it feels when someone actually cares about you.

It’s sad in places, funny in others and was totally unputdownable for me, every spare moment was spent reading!

eleanor oliphant is completely fine book cover

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  1. mumjd 27th August 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I can’t decide if this is for me or not. Certainly different to my usual reads #readwithme

  2. sarahmo3w 27th August 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Such a beautiful book! Definitely one of my favourites of the year and I loved her relationship with Raymond.
    Thanks very much for the mention!

  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 27th August 2018 at 12:24 pm

    This was one of my favourite reads of last year, I was lucky enough to read it very early on! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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