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 unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
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, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
This is one of my favourite books of all time, just wow! From the characters, to the writing, to the overall story; this really blew me away.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a devastatingly beautiful and raw story of self discovery. We embark on a life changing journey with Eleanor, where she tackles the daily challenges of unrequited love, new friendships, challenges with work and family and tackling her inner demons.
Honeyman brings us on a roller coaster of emotions throughout this whole book. I swear you will split your sides laughing as much as you will cry. The sheer level of emotion throughout this whole book makes it so unique and what I love about it is that the emotions are real and authentic. It's not overly sentimental or trying too hard and it really stays with you as a result.
The best way I can summarise my feelings about this book is to say that I wish I could forget it and read it again. Yes, it's that good! So stop reading this post, get on Amazon and order it - you won't regret it!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
Emotional Roller Coaster
“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”
Eleanor, of course! What a strong character. I honestly don't know where to start, but she felt so real and I found that I was nearly part of her by the time I finished reading the book. You embark on an unforgettable journey with Eleanor and she will be a character that will stay with you.