Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I initially was not was not was not was NOT excited about reading this book.

Maybe because the cover reminded me of the cover of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” and I wasn’t a fan of that book. Maybe because the description I read online didn’t grab me. Maybe because many of the other books from Reese Witherspoon’s book club have been disappointing.

However, I gave it a shot because I *serendipitously* found it in a hotel library and it was free.

But I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and give it 4 stars out of 5. ⭐️

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the 2017 debut work of Gail Honeyman, and the winner of the 2017 Costa Debut Novel Award. The novel focuses on 29-year-old Eleanor Oliphant, a social misfit who becomes obsessed with a singer she sees performing named Johnnie Lomond, whom she believes she is destined to be with. The novel deals with themes of isolation, loneliness, friendship, and coming to terms with the past.

The gist: a socially awkward woman makes peace with a traumatic childhood. The writing is hilarious and the character is relatable- maybe because I, too, am socially awkward. ELEANOR, IF YOU WERE A REAL PERSON, I WOULD SO BE YOUR FRIEND IN REAL LIFE. This is an easy read (you don’t need your thinking cap) and short (around 300 pages.) This book was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. ?

Did you read this? Let me know your thoughts.


    2 Comments on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

    1. Kristin Olson
      January 23, 2020 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

      Totes agree. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but then I loved it. I also would have been friends with Eleanor (prob explains why we are friends). I am also usually pretty good at predicting plots, and I was thrown for a loop at the end!

      • jenniferdaku
        January 24, 2020 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

        So was I! Didn’t see that coming from a mile away. Thanks for your feedback!