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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant’s perfectly timetabled life is turned upside down when she and the office IT guy, Raymond, save the life of Sammy, a elderly man who falls in the street. She finds her life disrupted by social expectations and engagements, and longs to return to her weekly routine of vodka binges and frozen food, though one thing she does wish she could cut from her week is her Wednesday phone call with her mother. With the help of Raymond, Sammy, and a host of other new acquaintances, Eleanor begins to learn that her life can be different, happier, if she is willing to open up.

In the end, what matters is this: I survived.

I really didn’t have high hopes for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I wanted to read it because it had been so hyped up by so many people but I expected it to fall a little flat for me, and just be an okay read. Instead, I absolutely loved it.

It took me a while to connect with Eleanor but once I did, I felt so attached to her and her growth, and devastated at her lows. I loved to see her relationships with the different characters develop. My favourite part of the book was the ending. That ending!!! I loved it so much and it took Eleanor Oliphant from a high three-star rating to a solid four for me. It might have been a five had it not taken me so long to really get into the book, but it is still one of my favourites of the year so far. I’m glad I finally got around to reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and the hype is well deserved.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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