Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

When fine is not fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

“I simply didn’t know how to make things better. I could not solve the puzzle of me.”

Eleanor’s life

Eleanor is not your typical loveable character. She’s had a tough past and this reflects on her behavior nowadays. She’s alone but she’s completely fine. But sometimes fine is not good enough. Fine is just fine and you need to realize that before you’re able to change it.

The only constant things in Eleanor’s life are: going to work, call her Mummy on Wednesday, and buy her pizza and vodka on Friday. Until she meets Raymond, the new guy in the IT department of work. Together they help Sammy, a friendly man who (like Raymond) sees beyond the scars on her face. Sammy and Raymond show Eleanor another world that’s been waiting for her. She needs to let go of her past, even if it’s difficult. But this time she’s not alone.

Different than usual

What I liked most about the book is that it has a different storyline than usual. It’s not your average falling in love novel. It’s a novel to appreciate your life and to know that you’re not alone. Eleanor might not have a likable character, she knows everything better, yet you somehow root for her. A house burning down at a young age can harm a person more than you’d imagine. It’s a unique look at the subject of loneliness and takes you to another world without leaving ours.

Read this debut novel…

Somehow this book reminds me of a combination between Sheldon and Penny from the Big Bang Theory. That’s why it was a quite refreshing read. I recommend Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine to everyone who’s interested in another kind of novel story and the subject of loneliness.


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