Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking...and that, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, a tendency to wear the same clothes year after year), means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner. But she thinks that nothing really important is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding perplexing social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, Glenn's Vodka, and phone chats with "Mummy." But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and sweet 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 kind of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2017
ISBN: 9780143199090
0143199099
Characteristics: 327 pages

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Phalissa
Oct 22, 2017

Hurrah for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Wonderful characters who I will never forget. Although I thought about renewing so I could reread it, I am returning today because there are 169 people waiting to read this gem for the first time. Enjoy!

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cynthia94066
Oct 16, 2017

The story isn't super original. A young(ish) odd woman lives in Glasgow and doesn't fit in well. But the narrator has a strong point of view and the Glasgow setting is fun. Reminded me a bit of Where'd You Go Bernadette but not quite as funny. Probably good for a book club that wants a younger lead character.

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lizmo21
Oct 08, 2017

It's not often that you find a book about a 'quirky' lady who isn't quirky because she wants to be. Eleanor is socially awkward and she doesn't understand why. Social queues fly far over her head and only an unexpected crush can push her out of her comfort zone. As she starts to experience the world for the first time with a fresh point of view her quirks start to unearth a lifetime of unhealthy relationships and mental health problems. Eleanor is a character that you want to care for, and as you watch her growth you root for her with all your heart. Eleanor is a truly lovely character, and her story is just the right amount of heartbreak and success.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 28, 2017

Oh Eleanor! You just want to help nudge her along. Very much along the lines of The Rosie Project, but with a feminine protagonist. So glad there are many more novels out there raising awareness of those who live with social difficulties; they are endearing and there is much to be learned and appreciated about these special people who see and experience life just a bit differently from the majority. Bravo!

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glennside
Sep 22, 2017

I totally enjoyed this book. It's been awhile since I looked forward to reading a book as much as this one and I was happy with the way the author unfolded the story and reached a satisfying conclusion.

VaughanPLUrszula Sep 11, 2017

A quick, breezy read that deals with more serious, thought-provoking themes of loneliness, victims of trauma, and socialization. Eleanor has a caustic way with words, yet her voice rings endearingly true. Also satisfying is the depth granted tothe bit characters supporting the story. Some aspects of the novel come across a bit pat, but still highly recommended, especially for book clubs.

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pajiko
Sep 07, 2017

I completely loved this book, especially Eleanor's sense of humor and vocabulary. Best book I have read in a very, very long time.

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tstadheim
Sep 05, 2017

I thought this book was incredible! Great ending as well.

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jeanie123
Aug 06, 2017

I lost my breath in a few places when the story was feeling a little close to home. This is an amazing debut novel and I loved getting to know Eleanor as she came to terms with herself and her past in both heartbreaking and humorous turns. I highly recommend this book.

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queensgirl1963
Jul 17, 2017

I loved this book! I highly recommend reading it.

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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.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

It's both good and bad, how humans can learn to tolerate pretty much anything, if they have to.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

I did not own any Tupperware. I could go to a department store to purchase some. That seemed to be the sort of thing that a woman of my age and social circumstances might do. Exciting!

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

You can't have too much dog in a book.

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