Hey lovelies! Another week another book review! I hadn’t heard much about this book before I purchased it but the reviews I had heard were all great so I was really intrigued! I picked it up in Asda for a bargain £4 and although it took me longer than usual to read I really loved it and powered through the last 200 pages in less than 24 hours!
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. 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 the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
First of all I must say this was Gail Honeyman’s debut novel and my god did she do a great job! This book tackles some really serious topics such as loneliness, depression and alcoholism but it is written in such a beautiful, lighthearted way that it doesn’t feel like you are reading about such difficult issues!
As the synopsis states the protagonist (Eleanor) says exactly what she thinks and she is so unpredictable that you cannot wait to see what she comes out with. The little witty statements that most of us wouldn’t dream of saying in public had me giggling my way through the book!
I honestly loved the characters in this novel, not only is Eleanor funny and charming you grow to love her and I found myself really rooting for her to get a happy ending! The way Raymond’s character is developed I can actually picture what he would look like and the way he walks (Eleanor describes this a few times throughout the novel) but he has such a big heart and he really tries to do his best for Eleanor!
The theme of loneliness runs throughout the book and it really makes you think about all the people that may have no-one to turn to in their lives! Eleanor’s work colleagues aren’t particularly friendly to her when the book begins and she is always on her own, luckily Eleanor does not seem to be bothered by their comments. However, the problem is, the type of things her colleagues say are actually things that people would come out with in day to day life without even batting an eyelid at how disgusting their comments are and how much they may be upsetting others! A small minority of people can be so cruel for no reason and this novel made me want to go out of my way to go that extra mile for others! You never know how much you might make someone’s day by paying them a compliment or just being kind!
Although the book is very lighthearted, Gail still found a way to add suspense to the storyline which makes you want to keep reading until you find out what really happened to Eleanor all those years ago!
The ending of the book was so well written, the main theme of friendship flows throughout the story but Gail wrapped it up so nicely also adding a little plot twist that I really wasn’t expecting!
I’m giving this book 4.5* out of 5! I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before, I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what Gail Honeyman comes up with next! I hope to see more of Eleanor in her future novels just because I absolutely adored her wittyness but I don’t really know where she could go with the story! I’m keeping my fingers crossed though!
You can pick up a copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on Amazon here.
Have you read this book yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!