“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman // Book Review

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Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?


“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”


I saw this book everywhere on bookstagram and on the internet in general (especially because I follow a lot of sites/blog about books!). So inevitably I wanted to see why everyone talked about it as much.

This is not necessarily the literaryy genre I usually choose, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. A contemporary reading, with a main character really unusual.

Eleanor is special, it is very difficult for me to describe her, a language apart, a non-existent social life outside of her working hours, a penchant for alcohol (especially vodka), in short a life very very little thrilling.

I must confess that her way of being, to express herself, to act, was really annoying to me. The problem is even after hundreds of pages, she was still annoying to me… Certainly, I felt pity for her, a pretty horrible story, but this character didn’t touch me.

I saw that many laughed, cried, … with this novel. Me, it depressed me… a lot…

The positive point I think is the end of the story, which I had not necessarily considered.

I can only advise this book if you want to make your own opinion! Many loved it, but again it was not a book for me …





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