Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 9th, 2017
by Viking - Pamela Dorman Books

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
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.

 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.  

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting 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 your heart.

My thoughts…

Eleanor is a little bit peculiar. She's very intelligent and well-spoken with impeccable grammar but she lacks the ability to filter what she says. She will tell you exactly what she's thinking, which leads to very awkward situations.

Eleanor is comfortable with her routines, she keeps a precise schedule every day while at work. It's saddened me when her coworkers were talking negatively about her when she was nearby, but Eleanor is unaware of it. On the weekends she drinks Vodka waiting for Monday to come again. No one comes to visit, and she doesn't go anywhere. Eleanor’s life is sad. Eleanor decides she wants to find the man of her dreams and tries to reinvent herself, which leads to some very funny moments.

When her computer at work stops working she meets Raymond from IT. Raymond is intrigued by Eleanor, but she's just not interested. I enjoyed her friendship with Raymond and how it progressed. This is not a romantic book, but there are hints that a relationship between Eleanor and Raymond will eventually grow into romance, this is a book about Eleanor finding herself.

Overall, I liked Eleanor, she is a great and complex character. I didn’t care for her relationship with her mother or the ‘phone calls’ from her mother. Gail Honeyman did a wonderful job bringing Eleanor into a well-loved character.

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Happy Reading -J  


  1. I've seen this book around, but haven't read it yet. I'm glad that Honeyman seems to have done a good job of empathising with Eleanor. I imagine it would be difficult to strike a good balance

    1. Stephanie if you do read it, I hope you would enjoy Eleanor just as I have. She is a wonderful character. Have a wonderful day and stop for visiting.