Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
A Penguin Book Club Pick

Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart.

No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Eleanor Oliphant is, well, a bit of an oddball--albeit a loveable one. She 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 for Eleanor, nothing really important is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding perplexing social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, Glen'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. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repairing her own damaged one.
Smart, warm, and uplifting , Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever--if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship--and even love--after all, if only she can learn to open her heart.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2017
ISBN: 9780143199113
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB SETS - H
Characteristics: 10 copies + 1 research guide


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Twenty-something misfit, Eleanor Oliphant, navigates the worlds of pop culture and consumerism with her own, quirky take on life. This prize-winning, heartwarming novel grows on the reader like its unusual heroine. Gradually, we see past her awkwardness and recognize her wit and essential kindnes... Read More »

This prize-winning, heartwarming novel grows on the reader like its unusual heroine. At first we are amused by Eleanor's attempts to navigate popular culture, but we gradually see past her awkwardness and recognize her wit and essential kindness. Try this book if you enjoy quirky fiction.

This prize-winning, heartwarming novel grows on the reader like its unusual heroine. At first we are amused by Eleanor's attempts to navigate popular culture, but we gradually see past her awkwardness and recognize her wit and essential kindness.

This prize-winning, heartwarming novel grows on the reader like its unusual heroine. At first we are amused by Eleanor's attempts to navigate popular culture, but we gradually see past her awkwardness and recognize her wit and essential kindness.


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Jul 19, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine. This novel is an excellent description of the gradual revelation of repressed memories and how abused humans find ways to reproduce abuse to master it or because they know nothing different. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

IndyPL_CarriG Jul 16, 2019

Darker than it looks but still often laugh out loud funny, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine brings us a rare protagonist - a truly awkward and unapologetically socially inept female main character. She is not cute in her awkwardness, Eleanor Oliphant is no manic pixie dream girl. Those of us who had an unconventional upbringing and have wondered what to do in social situations when it seems like everyone else already knows the conventions will sympathize with her struggles. The novel is a lot like a coming-of-age story for someone who had such extreme trauma that they don't come-of-age until their thirties.
The one criticism I have is Raymond - he's a bit too good to be true. But it is fiction, and he is nice and sweet, and I want to believe that there are people out there who would be that kind to a strange, rude, and scarred co-worker.

Jul 12, 2019

An excellent summer read!

Jul 11, 2019

At times funny and other times tragic, this is a captivating read filled with well-developed characters and a very interesting plot. I would recommend reading this before the planned movie comes out next year because too often we end up skipping the novel for the big screen. I loved, loved, loved this book and my jaw dropped when reading the ending. I look forward to reading more of Gail Honeyman's work.

Jul 04, 2019

Before I really get into this review I have to say that this is one book that I'm glad that I read all the way to the end. I can definitely understand why some readers would have stopped early on because I seriously considered it. The writing was so.... well, different that it took me a long time to get into it. But since I was already invested in Eleanor's story I wanted to find out what would happen. The beginning drags and I mean REALLY drags but somewhere around page 100 or so it becomes hysterically funny (to the point that I was laughing out loud at work and in a restaurant, which I rarely do) and suddenly I couldn't stop reading.
Eleanor reminded me so much of Britt-Marie from the Frederick Bachman book "Britt Marie Was Here", which I loved.
I loved how she changed so much in the course of the book thanks to Raymond. I really liked him. He wasn't at all her type but they were really cute together. I loved their friendship.
That being said, this isn't a romance and for that I was glad. I don't think it would have worked, otherwise.
There is a huge twist toward the end that left me confused but reading some of the spoilers on Goodreads cleared it up and although I found it unnecessary to include it, after I thought about it, it made sense.
It wasn't as great as people said it was but I enjoyed it and now I'm curious about the upcoming movie.

Jun 26, 2019

An absolute page turner and like Life of Pi, the ending hit me like a brick! It had me thinking about it for days.

Jun 24, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is not only Completely Fine, she is endearing. I love the way the author developed the characters and the relationships. I wasn’t sure I’d like the book since it was recommended by someone whose literary tastes are so different from mine, so I was pleasantly surprised. 5 stars - Reese Witherspoon was right!

Jun 19, 2019


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Jun 07, 2019

Loved it 5 stars

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Oct 29, 2018

pg 300 .... was wearing a strange, oversized woolen hat that I hadn't seen before. It looked like the kind of hat that a German goblin might wear in an illustration from a nineteenth-century fairy tale, possibly one about a baker who was unkind to children and got his comeuppance via an elfin horde, ......

Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

Nov 27, 2017

p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.

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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Oct 15, 2018

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.


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