Book Review | Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publish Date: May 9, 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books
# of Pages: 327
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic 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 kinds 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 repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting 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 your heart.


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 5
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Eleanor Oliphant is fine, really. She’s a little socially inept, a little snobbish, but she’s fine–really. In Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, readers learn what “fine” looks like as Eleanor talks with Mummy, chugs vodka, and chases the man of her dreams.

I’m just going to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. Without a doubt, this will be one of my favorite books of the year. My only regret is leaving it on my TBR shelf for so long and not picking it up sooner.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is engaging and masterfully written. Honeyman has a gift with the written word, and by the end of the book, you feel like you know Eleanor about as well as you know yourself. Her prose sucks you in from the opening chapter, and it’s a spectacular book to get sucked into.

The pacing of the book is consistent throughout. There are no lulls of action as the plot unfolds. Eleanor is always up to something in the book, and it’s enjoyable to tag along with her as she practices her social skills and sheds light on her unorthodox childhood. I found myself surprised more than once in this book–and I love it when a book surprises me.

The characters absolutely make this book. It’s very character driven, heavy on character development and interaction. Eleanor is thoughtfully constructed. She’s funny, unintentionally rude, and houses a closet full of skeletons. Her personal story is heartbreaking but inspiring. You can’t help but fall in love with her. And then there’s Raymond. He’s kind of sloppy, kind of geeky, but has a heart of gold. Like Eleanor, Raymond’s character is laden with interesting quirks and details. He sticks by Eleanor through her worst–he’s the best friend you never knew you wanted. I loved him too! Eleanor’s mother also makes appearances throughout the book. If bad can look good, then Eleanor’s mother looks great. Her bite is just as bad as her bark, which makes her a great antagonist.

Overall, this book rocked. Honestly, if this book is collecting dust on your shelf, you need to brush it off and start reading it!


  • I have often noticed that people who routinely wear sportswear are the least likely to participate in athletic activity. 
  • I find lateless exceptionally rude; it’s so disrespectful, implying unambiguously that you consider yourself and your own time to be so much more valuable than the other person’s.
  • These days, loneliness is the new cancer–a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them. 

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