Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – A Review

My favourite book by far this year.

While it can take a little persistence to get into it and start connecting with the characters, it’s worth it because the story is so addicting. It’s a heartbreaking tale of loneliness, friendship and acceptance.

Despite having a rough childhood, Eleanor is indeed ‘completely fine’ …at least she thinks so. Eleanor is a bit…odd. What I liked most was because it’s told from Eleanor’s point of view, the reader is along for the ride as she navigates her life as an adult. You feel her pain and you’re as desperate to know about her past as she is to remember it.

Even though the book can be intense as times, it’s also has a lot of funny moments which gives it good balance. I really like how the author wrote these parts of the story. I never felt like I was laughing at Eleanor but rather the situations she ended up in. However, there are also many sad and painful moments. At times I felt terrible for Eleanor, I wanted to crawl through the pages and give her a hug.

It’s hard to believe this is the author’s debut Novell It’s so beautifully written and unique, heartwarming, inspiring and unforgettable.

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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