Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Normally when there is buzz around a book and I go to read it, i end up thinking it’s a lot of old rubbish. I think sub consciously I don’t want to conform to the general opinion. However, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is an incredible book. I cannot remember many times that once finishing a book, wanting to read it all over again. I would quite happily have done so with this book.

Eleanor spends her days working as an administrator, keeps her head down and doesn’t speak to anyone. She spends evenings on her own and her weekends drinking herself into oblivion. She speaks to her mother on a Wednesday evening, without fail.

Her life is pretty unremarkable and slightly sad, until she witnesses a man collapse in the middle of the street with her colleague Raymond. She is forced to deal with things outside of her comfort zone. She takes a liking to a rockstar who sounds like an absolute ass, however not having much contact with other people she thinks he’s wonderful even though she’s never met him.

Raymond and Eleanor strike up a close friendship and he makes he realise that she needs to change and try new things. He helps her to forget her past with her abusive mother and violent boyfriend.

I think what makes the novel so great is the fact that Eleanor is not your typical protagonist – she’s not super pretty, isn’t hugely ambitious or successful, she’s a woman with Asperger’s trying to get on with life the only way she knows how. The novel made me laugh and want to cry. I would throughly recommend this novel and can easily say this is the best book I’ve read so far this year.

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