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.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is 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 your heart.
Synopsis from Goodreads
This book has been on my TBR list for years (it came out in 2017!) and comes highly recommended from friends, so I was thrilled when my book club agreed to read it this month. Although I found the beginning of the book to be a bit slow, I ended up flying through it as I fell in love with Eleanor and her quirks.
Eleanor's Observations are Everything
I was literally laughing out loud while reading to this book. When Eleanor gets her first Brazilian wax (she goes for the Hollywood style -- uh-oh) and sees what has become of her private area, her comments to the aesthetician about her love interest not being a pedophile had me bursting into laughter. She is abrupt, to the point and has a hard time understanding many of the social queues the rest of us take for granted. I absolutely loved reading her view on simple things like why it's socially acceptable to show up late to a party, but not actually on time. Everything she thinks and says absolutely makes sense and she made me question things that I simply take for granted.
Loved the Writing Style
Clearly I loved the way this book was written. I'm normally a fan of multiple perspectives, but this was an instance where I thought it was great that we were only given Eleanor's point of view. Instead of seeing her through Raymond's eyes, we get to watch the world solely through hers...and it can be both hilarious and heartbreaking at times. As we start to unravel who Eleanor's is and what she has been through, her perspective becomes even more powerful and I love that the focus remains on her. Honeyman does a brilliant job writing this story and I really felt like Eleanor was a real person by the end of it.
I Want to Be Eleanor's Friend!
Seriously, this is a woman that I want to find, befriend, and help her navigate the world. Although almost 30, she is so innocent to what the world is, and that makes me both want to introduce her to it and hug her at the same time. We realize that her contentment with being "fine" is actually heartbreaking and that all she needed was someone to see her and force her into new situations. I love that Raymond doesn't give up on being her friend and I ended this book with a smile on my face.
Overall, this book was amazing. I fell in love with Eleanor and am so happy that I finally read this book. I'd HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who is interesting in a protagonist with a very different perspective on life (and battles depression), to those looking for a strong storyteller, or to anyone looking for an uplifting book at this chaotic time. This is a book I should've read years ago and I hope I encourage others to read it sooner rather than later!
FINAL RATING: 5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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