Mini Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Monday, 4 September 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman | Published May 18th, 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This book really took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting, really, but it's a story, and a main character, who is going to stick with me for a long time.

I really connected with Eleanor and could empathise a lot with her. She went through a terrible ordeal as a child and has never fully recovered. She is socially inept and doesn't have any close relationships. She is written in such a wonderful way that even though you feel her sadness, her mishaps and interactions are also very funny. The balance of warmth and humour whilst tackling more sad and horrific aspects was just right.

One of the highlights for me is the lack of romance. I don't think it would have felt right in Eleanor's story. It was nice to see her develop meaningful relationships without there having to be a romantic aspect to them. Whilst there is a potential romance in the future which is hinted at, I appreciated that it wasn't used as a way of pushing Eleanor towards healing. I also loved the inclusion of a human-pet relationship! Eleanor interacting with a cat provided some laugh out loud moments for me.

Sad, funny, warm, emotional and heartbreaking. Absolutely deserved of the hype it is receiving and definitely in my top 5 books this year.

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