#BookReview : Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Genre: Fiction

Pages: 336

Available in: Hardback. Paperback and Ebook format.


The Plot:

Eleanor Oliphant is a creature of habit.

She has fixed work hours and timings. Travels the same route to and from work using an economical monthly bus pass. Her eating schedules as well as the menu never change.

She drinks her way through the weekend, remaining sober and through the week. She speaks impeccable English and internally frowns at people who don’t. She also speaks her mind.

Eleanor Oliphant is also nondescript, despite a half burnt face. Always overlooked, ignored and ridiculed when looked at.

Eleanor does not know what feelings and emotions mean and has never experienced want and desire.

She also has a dark past.

Despite it all Eleanor Oliphant thinks she is completely fine. Till falling in love, a stranger having an accident on a street and an unscheduled friendship makes her realise otherwise.


My Thoughts:

Eleanor Oliphant does nothing out of the ordinary. But she makes you, the reader, think.

A captivating read, the language and flow of the book will reign you into the life of Eleanor.

As you read through, you will realise that you are judging her, rolling your eyes at her and even raising your eyebrow at her choices.

Before you know it, your heart goes out to her and you find a lump forming in your throat at her vulnerability. Just when your eyes are misting up Eleanor springs a surprise by making you laugh, without meaning to.

A roller coaster of emotions, this one.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fine is a layered book. It will make you examine buried beliefs and prejudices we live with and how we are so quick to judge.

Beautifully written with well etched characters, each of whom leave a lasting imprint on your mind. 

Well done, Gail Honeyman! You did more than fine with this book!


***** 5 Stars to Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

My rating chart;

*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You will like it if you like this particular genre.
****Must read!
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!

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  1. Interesting protagonist and plot. I hope its ending is full of hope and positivity!

    1. Well, I won’t give it away!Thanks for reading, Anagha:)

  2. I read this book’s review by Sanch, and now this one by you….it makes me so want to look for it and read it. I can so relate to Eleanor, and I agree, how quick we are to judge!

    1. Do read it, Shilpa. It is a lovely book:)

  3. Been wanting to read this book for long now,M…

    Your wonderful and positive review reaffirms my wish to read this as soon as possible.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, Meena:)

  4. Mayuri Nidigallu Hiral Amodia

    Sounds an interesting plot and book. I will mark it for my future read. Loved the review.

  5. I love reading Positive and helpful posts and your book review, excited me to read Eleanor soonest . Thanks Mayuri.

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