Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Thursday, 20 December 2018




This is a book I really couldn't put down. I was in America when I was reading this and OMG it's one of my favourites. Every spare minute I had I would pick this book back up. I'm one of those people who, if the first few pages doesn't have my attention, I'm not reading it. This certainly had my attention alright.

Elanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I absolutely love Elanor as a character. She's just a simple woman who lives a very simple life, and she blossoms into this strong, confident woman who she never even imagined herself being. The book made me laugh a few times, and it's something I would love to read all over again.

The story...

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She struggles with appropriate social skills and says exactly what she's thinking. She wears the same clothes to work everyday, eats the same meal deal for lunch everyday and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

She's happy, until one day her whole world changes when she meets Raymond, the IT guy from work. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from their lives of isolation they have each been living.

From talking to Mummy every Wednesday, wearing the same clothes everyday, she's searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. It's Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

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