Todays review is of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
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? (Thanks Netgalley)
Firstly, I am late to the party. Everyone is reading or has read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Everyone. I have had this recommended to me so many times, and I still didn’t manage to pick it up until now. It’s won awards, and it has still take me this long to read it. I can only apologise.
Secondly, I am giving this novel 5 stars. That’s right, this is my second 5 star review in a matter of weeks. I don’t know what is happening! I feel it is important that you know this is a 5 star novel from the outset, rather than waiting until the end of this review to find out!
So, I loved this book. Eleanor is a beautifully crafted, complicated character who really gets inside your head and stays with you. Her matter of fact statements, the shocking way she’ll sometimes impart information makes you feel for her all the more. Despite her tough, somewhat lonely life, she has come through it all (albeit with a quite serious drinking problem). You can’t help but want her to connect with other people to build the life you know she deserves.
I am often put off reading award winning books – I know this is a little controversial – because critics (in my opinion) do not always represent the wider audience. For example, how many Best Picture Oscar winning films do you actually like? But I am happy to confirm that this novel thoroughly deserved to win its awards. It is an amazing debut from Gail Honeyman, and I look forward to seeing what else she brings us. I also cannot wait to see what Reese Witherspoon does with the book now that she owns the films rights – exciting times ahead!
So, to round up – if you haven’t already read this book, go out and get yourself a copy. You will not regret it!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.