Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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. 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 kind of friends who rescue each other 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"-- Provided by publisher.
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.
Publisher: New York :, Pamela Dorman Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735220706
0735220700
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

An unconventional and unforgettable heroine is at the core of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and, in my opinion, Eleanor is more than “fine” she is great! In this, her debut novel, author Gail Honeyman deftly strikes the right balance between sorrow and humor / pathos and joy as the story follows Eleanor, a loner and social misfit, who bears the physical and emotional scars from a childhood trauma. What happened to her is not revealed until later in the book. At first Eleanor seemed abrasive and off-putting, but the more I read the more she grew on me until by the end I was cheering her on. This book is so packed with emotion, but never seems sappy, and with talk of it being adapted for a movie, I can’t recommend it enough.

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h19835195
Dec 07, 2017

Hmm, mixed feelings about this book. A very interesting, quirky and likeable character, but parts of this were so predictable it was disappointing.

AL_MARCIA Nov 28, 2017

I found myself cheering for Eleanor throughout this book. She is a special, but odd and quirky individual who breaks free of her regimented routine and begins to embrace change in her life. She's an unforgettable character.

MsJoann Nov 27, 2017

I will be recommending this literary delight to all my customers.

bookishdl Nov 20, 2017

My favourite book for 2017. Exquisitely crafted novel that provided the right amount of humour and sadness without ever being twee or obvious. Loved it.

SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published for the Stratford Gazette November 2017.

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lola_jane
Oct 23, 2017

When a series of events shake Eleanor out of her solitary life and strict routine, the bits and pieces of her tragic past are slowly revealed. Eleanor’s struggle to heal and move out of her comfort zone is at turns humorous and heartbreaking. She is a memorable character and it is beautiful to see her develop and grow but ultimately remain true to herself.

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Phalissa
Oct 22, 2017

Hurrah for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Wonderful characters who I will never forget. Although I thought about renewing so I could reread it, I am returning today because there are 169 people waiting to read this gem for the first time. Enjoy!

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cynthia94066
Oct 16, 2017

The story isn't super original. A young(ish) odd woman lives in Glasgow and doesn't fit in well. But the narrator has a strong point of view and the Glasgow setting is fun. Reminded me a bit of Where'd You Go Bernadette but not quite as funny. Probably good for a book club that wants a younger lead character.

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lizmo21
Oct 08, 2017

It's not often that you find a book about a 'quirky' lady who isn't quirky because she wants to be. Eleanor is socially awkward and she doesn't understand why. Social queues fly far over her head and only an unexpected crush can push her out of her comfort zone. As she starts to experience the world for the first time with a fresh point of view her quirks start to unearth a lifetime of unhealthy relationships and mental health problems. Eleanor is a character that you want to care for, and as you watch her growth you root for her with all your heart. Eleanor is a truly lovely character, and her story is just the right amount of heartbreak and success.

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

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behere
Nov 27, 2017

p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

O know, I know how ridiculous this is, how pathetic; but on some days, the very darkest days, knowing that the plant would die if I didn't water it was the only thing that forced me up out of bed.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

It's both good and bad, how humans can learn to tolerate pretty much anything, if they have to.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

I did not own any Tupperware. I could go to a department store to purchase some. That seemed to be the sort of thing that a woman of my age and social circumstances might do. Exciting!

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

You can't have too much dog in a book.

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.

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