Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Reading Challenge Category: A debut novel
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?
I hadn’t been looking forward to reading this; I’m not sure why. I just had this preconception that it was just going to be a contemporary, over-hyped novel about a girl. However, as soon as I started reading, I was hooked. You realise straight away that Eleanor Elephant isn’t just a normal girl but very quirky. She is entertaining, blunt in her mannerisms and has a dark past. I just liked her straight away. She also won major points with me right at the beginning during a doctors visit when she described the pain in her back due to her breasts. I have bookmarked her response of knowing how it must feel if the person were to strap half a stone of meat to their front. And how did she weigh them? With the kitchen scales! I am definitely saving that up for when I next try and beg the doctor to do something about mine. Absolutely spot on in description and utterly hilarious at the same time. I loved how candid and straightforward she was. She isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking and damn the consequences. We should all be a little more Eleanor Oliphant. The book and story just enveloped me in its cocoon. I felt really invested in it and couldn’t put it down. I thought about it whenever I needed to be away from it, and for the first time in ages, I really felt like I had read a book. I know that sounds daft when I am reading 20 odd books a month, but this felt like reading used to where it touches you, and you know you will remember it for a long time to come. I can certainly see why this won the awards that it did and why everyone was talking about it last year when it came out. It was utterly fantastic. It will make you laugh out loud, but there are also some very sombre moments. The tears were indeed tripping me, especially regarding all the loneliness some of the characters were feeling. It is a horrible emotion to feel, loneliness. So, this book was more than just fine, it was superb, and I’m sure it will be at the top of my list for best reads this year when I compile it in December!
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- Date Started
- 5th May 2020
- Date Finished
- 8th May 2020
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