Book review: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman 

If you’re looking for a summer read then I recommend this book. It’s not only got a psychological element to it but it’s also romantic and funny rolled into one which I think what makes this book really stand out.

Eleanor is not fine. She is a 30-year-old single woman who has some strange and quirky views on people and life but her history more than makes up for this. I found myself relating a lot to Eleanor in parts of her story especially during her ‘bad days’. If you have ever suffered mental illness it’s also quite a comforting read as it really makes you think that you’re not alone in your thoughts.

“I do not light up a room when I walk into it. No one longs to see me or to hear my voice. I do not feel sorry for myself, not in the least. These are simply statements of fact. 
I have been waiting for death all my life. I do not mean that I actively wish to die, just that I do not really want to be alive.”
– Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.

If you have ever had a crush on a Rock Star then I can tell you that this book will make you cringe but also giggle with the way Eleanor goes about trying to get his attention. I am sure most of us girls would have been there at some point and felt the same way and in this book you get to relive this and grow with Eleanor as she finds herself and identity.

Was there anything I didn’t like about it?

I gave this book 4/5 and the reason for this is that I felt that the story was quite slow to begin with and didn’t explain much about what happened to Eleanor until the very end. Eleanor’s character is also quirky and well-spoken so the book does also have some words I needed to actually look up to understand (maybe this is just me though!)

Happy reading!

Sarah Richelle X 

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