Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This is a great book. Eleanor Oliphant has had quite a difficult past, but is now doing completely fine. The book builds up slowly to what happened to her when she was a child. I love the language the author uses for the voice of Eleanor. She speaks in a ‘proper’ way. There were many words I didn’t know and hod to look up in the dictionary, I liked that. 

Eleanor is a loner, and she prefers it that way. She has a set routine which gives her live stability. She wears the same clothes and hasn’t had her hair cut in years. But then she gets to know Raymond, a work colleague and when one night on the way to the bus stop they both see a man collapse in the street, whom they help and get him to hospital, they gradually form a close friendship. Eleanor is also pursuing a love interest and is beginning to change her appearance in order to finally meet this ‘dream man’ in person. But it all turns out completely differently in the end.

I recommend this book. It has made me laugh out loud at times, because of the way Eleanor sees this modern world. It made me think and it has some heartfelt moments too. I love the use of language and the choice of words. I like it when a book uses quality language, but that might be just me. I also like the way the characters are built up and develop throughout the story. I also like that despite the live Eleanor has had, she is doing fine. It gives hope that one can do it and that the past does not have to hold us back. But it also shows that this process is hard work. Eleanor eveantually has to see a counsellor who helps her come to terms with her past and look forward to a better future. The last chapter of the book is even called ‘Better Days’! 

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