Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

You already know that I tend to reject popular reading lists because I feel that they are overly hyped and dictated by publishers instead of readers I respect, but in this case I made an exception.

And I am so glad I did.

Eleanor Oliphant is a character that I adored. The narrative is told in first person stream of consciousness, which sounds like a lot of English class nonsense, but what it really means is that throughout the novel, you get to see the world through Eleanor's eyes, hear her thoughts and get close to what makes her tick. I loved everything about her. I'd love to sit down with her and hear her thoughts on all manner of social behaviours and popular culture. She was quirky, fascinating and heartbreaking in the very best ways.

This is a quick read, very compelling and full of characters that jump off the page in their ability to make you like them and identify with them, whether you want to or not.

Sometimes a character speaks as if they had read your private journal - does that ever happen to you? At one point, Eleanor reflects on her loneliness, the inevitability of her not fitting in and being cast aside by society, and she seems to shrug and say "this is my life. I am used to it" and I felt like she understood me more clearly than any other character I had read in a long time. Doesn't every girl feel that way at some point? I loved her for her honesty and I eagerly turned the pages waiting for the drama of her life to unfold.

It was hilarious, emotional and offered a surprise twist that wrapped up the story with a bright red bow.

Thank you, Gail Honeyman. Each hour I spent with Eleanor was certainly not wasted, and indeed, quite delightful.



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