by Gail Honeyman

A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the I.T. guy from her office.

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  • This is the book we can’t put down in 2018 via @stylistmagazine https://t.co/3uAkJLQYLW #BAMBReadersAwards
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  • Four books away from my 2018 reading goal! Just devoured "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" (excellent book!), what next? 👀 📖
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  • Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine crowned the public's book of the year https://t.co/Wix1hq46yR
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    • I am going to leave the description of the plot to other reviews and simply encourage people to consider this lovely novel for their summer reading although it is decidedly not a traditional beach book.This book joins a long list of recent novels where our not-so-likeable protagonist in the beginning of the novel is going to turn out completely fine in the end. Surely the reader could not be blamed for jumping to conclusions here, with the prompt to do so right in the title. And it is good thing that our Eleanor gets right to it because some of her story, both in the past and present, is woven of such deep tragedy the reader is tempted to jump ahead to where everything is indeed fine. But don't. The writing in this book is like butter and there are manycomic gems sprinkled throughout the narration, some of them laugh out funny. They glide the reader through many cringe worthy moments to ultimate victory for a wounded person who climbs her way out of hell with the support of people who surround all of us if we open ourselves up a small bit. Almost 5 stars. ###
    • Eleanor Oliphant is one of the most interesting characters that I have read in a while. She is blunt. Very blunt. She lacks social skills and tends to spout off facts to people just having conversations. She likes her routine. Every Friday, stop and buy pizza and vodka. And every Wednesday, she talks to her mother. Those are never very good for Eleanor. Her mother is mean and angry and leaves her feeling less than. Something happened to Eleanor when she was a child. Something that left her with a scar on her face and moving from foster home to foster home. Does she remember it all or is it her coping mechanism? Things start to change in her life when her company’s IT guy, Raymond, and Eleanor help an old man who has passed out in the street. Family is the one thing that she has been missing.There is so much to Eleanor. In the beginning, I thought that I didn’t care too much for her but as time went on and she opened up, well, I fell in love with her. I would venture to say that she is on the autism spectrum. What a sad story she had lived and what a wonderful world opening up for her. Beautifully written and just a lovely story, you will fall in love with Eleanor too.
    • No, Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine. She isn’t even fine. She’s angry, super critical of everyone and everything, and decidedly an unlikable piece of work. She’s also damaged but you won’t know the severity of her damage until the book’s ending. She has a telephone conversation with her Mummy once a week and it’s fairly clear that this adult daughter is still tied to mum’s apron strings. She has poor social skills and seems to exist on frozen pizza and vodka. Eleanor has a strong dislike for the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and believes it would probably be broadcasted in hell, without breaks, where the audience would be forced to watch and listen for eternity. The very worst sinners, the child molesters and murderous dictators, would have to perform such music. Eleanor has few friends, one being a young man from her workplace named Raymond. They go out together but, in Eleanor’s view, he’s just a temporary convenience who has to pay his share of pub drinks. Her main romantic interest is a man she’s never met, a musician named Johnnie Lomond. She dreams about him and, at one point, makes a surreptitious visit to his apartment in hopes of catching a glimpse of him. Eleanor is convinced that one fine day they will meet, he’ll fall desperate in love with her, and they will live happily ever after. Personal detail about Eleanor’s past life emerges slowly as the plot moves forward like an onion being peeled, one layer at a time. Her hands are damaged by ecxzema and we learn about a scar on her face but not what caused it. We also learn that she had once been married and that her husband had committed some kind of physical damage on her. More than once I was tempted to toss this book into my recycle bin but I soldiered on. The seemingly universal acclaim for this book kept me reading however, so I trusted that a favorable chance of pace would soon emerge. Sure enough, about the middle of the book, the tide begins to change. At the request of her employer Eleanor begins twice a week conferences with a woman counselor named Marie. It isn’t easy for her but she eventually comes to term with her past, also aided in large part due to her growing friendship with Raymond. The setting for the story is Glasgow and there are a number of “Scottish-isms” scattered throughout the text but you shouldn’t have great difficulty understanding their meaning because of the context. There is a note on the back cover that says Soon to be a Major Motion Picture produced by Reese Witherspoon. When I read that a thought occurred to me: the person who writes the screenplay will have a real challenge on his/her hands because most of novel’s text is written in the first person with Eleanor as an unreliable narrator.
    • I did come to like and sympathise with Eleanor and the other characters in the book; but I found it a bit of a fairy tale and I wasn't entirely convinced. The story of Eleanor's coming to grips with her traumatising past, and overcoming it, seemed a bit too pat and simplistic. It is well written, and I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy reading it, but it is not the type of book I would normally choose.
    • Eleanor Oliphant does not make a very good first impression. As I started reading this book I couldn't help but think what have I gotten myself into this time. This girl is a self-involved, hyper-critical, judgmental little...well you get the idea. She is a drab little nerd of a girl with no friends and no life that scoffs at the world as she believes it scoffs at her. I continued to read and discovered that Eleanor is a scarred woman...literally and figuratively. We all frequently make first impressions and critical judgments on the flimsiest of information. Sometimes these decisions are accurate and sometimes, probably more times, they are not. We all have met people that have displayed behaviors that have caused us to judge them and then to avoid them. In those cases, as in Eleanor's, there are reasons for their offensiveness. Our choice is to make the decision to get to know this person better and discover why they are as they are or to simply move on. In Eleanor's case somebody made the decision to make an effort to know her and then help her discover herself. Therein is the story of Eleanor Oliphant who is scarred by a very dark and traumatic childhood tragedy. She is a woman of 30 that has never known even the most basic of human experiences of kindness or affection and realizes on page 294 that being human is a two way street and that first impressions and judgments are some things that even she got wrong. Reading this very moving story is an act of sound judgment so don't let a first impression deter you from a special reading experience.