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Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Clarissa Poston

Posted on March 22, 2021 01:54

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is an eye-opening read. Beautifully written, emotional, and engaging, this novel will allow readers to obtain a new perspective on self-growth and acceptance. My advice? Read it.

Gail Honeyman is a Scottish writer who was born for her chosen occupation. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Honeyman’s first novel, won a Costa First Novel Award back in 2017, rightfully so. Thankfully, there are also editions of this book in Spanish, German, and Italian, making it easier for those who speak languages other than English to enjoy this literary masterpiece.

I recently read Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and I absolutely adored it. With great reviews across the board, I had extremely high hopes for this book – and I wasn’t disappointed.

For example, actress Reese Witherspoon, quoted on the cover of the book, wrote that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is “beautifully written and incredibly funny.” This is then supported by NPR’s review that states that the novel is “deadpan, heartbreaking, and humorous all at once,” PureWow’s claim that the novel is “simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking…Eleanor Oliphant may be completely fine, but this book is completely wonderful,” and Bustle’s review that states the novel is “sweet and satisfying…will speak to introverts who have ever felt a little weird about their place in the world.”

Without giving away any spoilers (because I encourage you to read it!), Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine tells the story of a woman, Eleanor, who is living a life fueled by her past. With years of trauma behind her, readers see Eleanor live, learn, and better herself throughout the entirety of the book. 

In the beginning, Eleanor is extremely lonely – she’s an outcast who finds peace in alcohol, a strict schedule, and not-so-comforting conversations with her mother. However, as readers continue through the book, many stones are turned over, revealing a more complex narrative.

With a likable main character, a character created to hate, and a character created to adore, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine allows readers to feel as though they’re in the story themselves. You’ll find yourself scoffing at Eleanor’s mother, crying alongside Eleanor, and laughing at the jokes of a man who will remain anonymous (until you read it yourself, of course).

Honeyman was able to write the tragic backstory of a lovely woman in a beautiful, captivating manner. Although the subject matter may be tense at times, Honeyman found a way to make reading about it an incredible and lively experience.

This book will give you a new outlook on people who may not fit in with modern-day society. You will see what a true friendship consists of, how one person can change your entire life. You will see a realistic character bloom before your eyes, into a confident, self-accepting woman. You will see Eleanor Oliphant be completely fine, regardless of her tragic backstory.

Clarissa Poston

Posted on March 22, 2021 01:54

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