Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: Review

Today I’m doing a first for my blog. I’m writing my very first book review. I’ve wanted to write some book reviews ever since I started blogging about 18 months ago, but somehow I haven’t gotten around to it until now. Better late than never, right?

Reading has been a big part of my life, albeit, on and off over the years. I guess the best way to explain it is that I’ve always loved reading, but I haven’t always had the time to fully invest in my passion for the hobby. This year, however, I decided to make a change and pledged to read more. I set myself a reasonably small goal of reading 5 books this year, and I can say that it’s currently September and I’m up to book number 9. Proud to have smashed that goal!

One of the books I’ve finished reading this year was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. There was (and there probably still is) a lot of hype surrounding this book earlier this year, so I had to read it – I couldn’t miss out, could I?

On to the review…

Overview

Meet Eleanor. She’s in her early 30s and lives a fairly predictable life. She’s worked in the same job for many years, she eats the same meals every day and has the same plans every weekend. Eleanor believes she is ‘fine’, but eventually, her carefully concealed past unravels to those around her, and a little act of kindness changes her life forever…

My thoughts

I’m going to be honest, at first I wasn’t completely sure where this book was going at first. I liked it, I was just unsure of its direction and combined with the hype surrounding it, I had my expectations very high. But I kept going and tried to erase my previous expectations in order to give it the best chance possible.

I got about halfway through before I was completely hooked, feeling a connection to the protagonist. Like many, Eleanor held on to many demons from her past and although she probably didn’t realise it, allowed them to dictate her life. You see, I felt as though I could relate to Eleanor on some level. No, I haven’t experienced such devastating trauma as she had, but, similar to Eleanor, I find myself allowing negative past experiences to lead how I approach my life to this day.

I believe that this book was fantastic at raising awareness about mental health and reinforcing the fact that it’s okay to not be okay – there is no shame in asking for help.

While being a great catalyst to spark conversation about mental health, the book was also the perfect mix of heartwarming and hilarious. Eleanor has a uniquely adorable (or should I say, adorkable) personality and perception of the world around her that made me smile and laugh throughout the novel.

I’ve heard that Reece Witherspoon is set to produce the film adaption of this novel and although it’s probably a couple of years away, I can’t wait to see the story come to life on the big screen – I just hope it does the novel justice *fingers crossed*.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Have you read Eleanor Oliphant is Completly Fine? What were your thoughts?

– Karen xx

27 thoughts on “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: Review

  1. I’ve been wanting to give this a read since it came out! With uni and not getting into it straight away, I’ve delayed reading it for longer than I wanted to but, after reading this review, I’m tempted to give it a read (when I get the chance!).

    Loved this post though, you should definitely post more reviews!

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  2. I’ve seen this book being mentioned by some of my favourite bloggers. I really like that you said it brings up mental health it’s inclined me to read it even more now. I’m not an avid reader and it’s so hard for me to get into books, but I’m going to give this one a go if I can find it for cheap enough!

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  3. I also identified with Eleanor a bit, but I’ve got to say, the book wasn’t my absolute favorite. I thought it might have been a bit overhyped, but still glad I read it. Nice first review!

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  4. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and this post definitely made me want to add it to my reading list! I think anything that sparks a conversation about mental health is 100% a good thing

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  5. I read about half of the book and really struggled with it. I wanted to love it as I had read so many positive reviews but I just couldn’t. I thought she was on the ASD spectrum too.

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  6. Just picked up this book from the library today. I’ve had my eye on it for a while but it was always checked out! Can’t wait to read it 😄

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