“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”
I had seen this book EVERYWHERE – in bookshops, on bookstagram, on Goodreads – so when both my brother and bestie recommended it to me within a day of each other I figured it was probably time to give it a go.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine follows the day-to-day of the eponymous Eleanor, who leads a simple (if repetitive) life. Wearing the same clothes to work every day, eating the same meal and doing the same crossword every day at lunch, and spending every weekend alone in her flat drinking 2 bottles of vodka. One day, something happens that has a butterfly effect on her life…slowly plucking out one part of her same-same life and changing it.
I absolutely adored this book. I was, I admit, worried that it had been too overhyped so I read the first ten pages with trepidation. But, spoiler alert, the hype didn’t ruin the book AT ALL.
Eleanor is a gorgeously portrayed character, allowing Honeyman to explore themes of loneliness and friendship in subtle ways while avoiding making us feel sorry for Eleanor. An incredibly hard task given some of the backstory Eleanor has with a terrifyingly emotionally manipulative mother (not a spoiler, you find out very early!), among other things that come to light through the book.
Raymond is also such a sweet and gentle character, and while he is far from perfect you really get to the end of the book either wishing you had a friend like Raymond, or appreciating your Raymond-friends even more 💞
EOICF explores friendships, loneliness, workplace relationships, child-like crushes, and feels like catching up with an old friend. The storyline moves along at a nice pace without rushing any characterisation or relationship-building.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can already tell it’s a book I will come back to again and again.
Rating: Recommended to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction, or anyone who has ever felt a little bit lost or lonely. I adored this novel.
Finally, a little quote that made my heart nod in agreement: “Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.”
If you’ve read this book please let me know what you thought in the comments, I’d love to chat 🌟