Clare’s Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“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.”


When Reese Witherspoon recommends a book it’s usually worth checking out, so this book was on my wishlist for the past while. I avoided all the reviews and spoilers because I wanted to discover the story myself.


And I loved it! This amazing book is a story about the difference between existing and living, and how a simple everyday event can turn your world upside down.


As Eleanor’s story unfolds I found myself beginning to really care about her in a way that surprised me, and what at first appeared to be another story of a girl looking for love and ‘happily ever after’ actually turned into a tale of loss, mental health and trauma.


Eleanor is different, quirky, a little crazy… but I never got the feeling that we were meant to be laughing at her or judging her. She was never unbelievable in her wackiness, and I loved her for her oddities.


You may not like this book at first, but trust me, you’ll learn to love Miss Oliphant as she learns to love herself.


If you haven’t already read this book, get yourself to the bookshop or the library right now… I mean it. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s honest, and very well written.


I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.




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