Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" --Reese Witherspoon

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.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780143199090
Branch Call Number: FIC Honey
Characteristics: 325, 7 pages.


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VaughanPLTiziana Dec 06, 2020

A good, enjoyable read. Eleanor Oliphant, the interesting, socially clueless protagonist, has had a difficult upbringing and struggles with mental health, depression, and past trauma. This book delves into these subjects and is packed full of emotion (be prepared to feel both happy and sad for El... Read More »

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VaughanPLGabby Nov 11, 2020

Eleanor, a social outcast and loner dealing with past traumas and secrets, finds through a series of encounters with other people that her life is irrevocably changed for the better.

Why you should try it: Both novels tell the story of a character who does not quiet fit in. Characters in both bo... Read More »

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VaughanPLTiziana Dec 06, 2020

A good, enjoyable read. Eleanor Oliphant, the interesting, socially clueless protagonist, has had a difficult upbringing and struggles with mental health, depression, and past trauma. This book delves into these subjects and is packed full of emotion (be prepared to feel both happy and sad for Eleanor).

My favourite quotes from this book are:

“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”
"In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder."
"In the end, what matters is this: I survived."

Dec 02, 2020

This was a great book ... i binge-read it in one weekend. The only thing i would like to see differently is the ending. It was a bit dry and felt hastily put together in the end. But otherwise, fantastic!

Nov 27, 2020

Loved the characters, but then I am a sucker for lost souls finding friends.

Nov 18, 2020

Eleanor is socially awkward and learns to love. Great book.

Nov 01, 2020

Miss Eleanor Oliphant is a young woman struggling with several different mental disorders. But don't worry; she's completely fine! Of course, she finds all forms of social contact distasteful which creates unusual problems whenever she is forced to interact with other people at work. The author effectively builds a sense of mystery about what happened in Eleanor's past. Despite the heavy subject matter, this is a warm and uplifting book, meticulously punctuated with small doses of clever humor.

Oct 30, 2020

I loved this book. I loved how witty the author was. I loved the story. I didn't figure a main thing until the very end! I love when that happens. I like how it ended. Highly recommend.

JCLHelenH Oct 28, 2020

Eleanor has secrets, is not completely fine, and somehow utterly charming.

ArapahoeJulia Oct 16, 2020

I really loved this book mainly because I loved Eleanor. She was so incredibly logical, even in her social interactions, which made her come across as awkward and overly formal. She had been through so much in her life and started controlling all that she could about her circumstances.

I don't know if it was her intense desire for control or her ability to keep moving forward after her very painful past, but Eleanor felt so relatable and she totally tugged on my heart strings. Her character is very much the heart and soul of this book, which means this novel is perfect for the character-driven reader!

Oct 13, 2020

I suppose when a book gets such high reviews, you think it’s going to blow you over. The expectations were too high on this book, in my opinion. Mostly because Eleanor was not a relatable person. Despite her “quirks”, which most excuse out of compassion, she was too critical of others and their behaviors to be relatable.

Oct 13, 2020

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with navigating the social world, but when she meets Raymond from IT everything changes. An accident makes Eleanor an unexpected heroine and she and Raymond set off on a journey of self-discovery and friendship.

At first, it is hard to like Eleanor. I mean really hard. There are so many times I found myself sighing in frustration or rolling my eyes. Fortunately, Honeyman writes with a compelling voice and in the moments where Eleanor isn't being her frustrating self, she can be quite unintentionally funny! The point of the novel is to watch Eleanor change and grow, and the process is beautiful. Watching her treat socialization as something of an experiment at first is heartwarming, adorkable, and sometimes painful. She must confront her past in order to heal and find the friends and love she has been searching for all her life.

This was an emotional roller coaster of a novel that I couldn't put down (evidently as I finished it in one day!). I know that this is a book that will linger with a lot of readers- I know it will be one of my favourites I read this year.

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Dec 03, 2020

page 265 "... how to select appropriate (reading) material... The covers are of very little help, because they always say only good things, and I've found out to my cost that they're rarely accurate."

example being this book said "funny" and looking for a light-hearted read after 10 months of covid19 and this book is not funny. Reese Witherspoon, Jojo Moyes, reviewer at People, and others have a sick, vindictive sense of humor if this book is funny.

Dec 03, 2020

page 225 "What, I wondered, was the point of me? I contributed nothing to the world, absolutely nothing, and I took nothing from it either. When I cease to exist, it would make no material difference to anyone." "Most people's absence from the world would be felt on a personal level by at least a handful of people. I, however, had no one." ... "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 actually wish to die, just that I do not really want to be alive." Precedes Eleanor's suicide attempt.

Dec 03, 2020

page 220 "I had convinced myself that he was the one, that he would help to make me normal, fix things that were wrong with my life. Someone to help me deal with Mommy, block out her voice when she whispered in my ear, telling me I was bad, I was wrong, I wasn't good enough. Why has I thought that?" Eleanor when she realizes that the musician was just a juvenile crush and a romance with him would never happen.

Dec 03, 2020

page 134 "Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once your realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That's the thing: it's best just to take care of yourself. You can't protect other people, however hard you try. You try, and you fail, and your world collapses around you, burns sown to ashes." Eleanor's thoughts when Raymond wants to meet before going to Laura's house.

Oct 29, 2018

pg 300 .... was wearing a strange, oversized woolen hat that I hadn't seen before. It looked like the kind of hat that a German goblin might wear in an illustration from a nineteenth-century fairy tale, possibly one about a baker who was unkind to children and got his comeuppance via an elfin horde, ......

Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

Nov 27, 2017

p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

O know, I know how ridiculous this is, how pathetic; but on some days, the very darkest days, knowing that the plant would die if I didn't water it was the only thing that forced me up out of bed.

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.


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