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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  77,647 Ratings  ·  10,600 Reviews
Smart, warm, uplifting, the 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 her heart

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 a
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Viking - Pamela Dorman Books
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Yes, Eleanor struggles with social skills and perspective taking, and these are hallmarks of autistic spectrum disorder.

Anyone who believes Eleanor can't be ASD because she improves are working with a very limited perspective on autism.

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Emily May
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Oliphant is completely 100% fine. She goes to her office job five days a week and then treats herself to a frozen pizza and a bottle of vodka on a weekend. She lives alone and doesn't have any friends, but that's okay. She's doing real well, thank you very much.

Except maybe she isn't.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine caught me completely unawares. I'll be honest - I picked it up because it got some buzz and the author is British, but it actually turned out to be one of those perfectl
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Susanne Strong
5 Stars.
“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” but after finishing this novel, I am not.

I was completely unprepared for the life of Eleanor Oliphant and that of her ‘Mummy.” To be frank, I was ill-equipped to deal with it, much like Eleanor. And it wrecked me.


At thirty years-old, Eleanor Oliphant is alone in this world. She always has been, actually. In and out of foster care since she was a little girl, she has never been touched by anyone in a loving way and doesn’t even know what that would
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Deanna
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ALL THE STARS !!!

I won an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you!

To be honest, I'm not sure if this book would have been on my radar if I hadn't won it. Although the great reviews may have pulled me in. At any rate, I am so happy I read it.

I LOVED THIS BOOK !!

Just like it says in the title of the book, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine....well she thinks she is. She is honestly not worried that
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Pouting Always
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Oliphant lives a fairly secluded life due to her lack of social graces and crippling self esteem and anxiety issues. She works at a graphic design firm in the finance department and spends the rest of her time at home, usually drinking. Her social life consists of a phone call with her mummy every week. Then one day she goes to a concert, for which she won tickets in a raffle, and falls in love at first sight with a musician. Eleanor decides to make some changes to herself as part of a p ...more
Larry H
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

I'll admit, when I started reading Gail Honeyman's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine , I thought about issuing a moratorium on quirky characters who can't seem to pick up social cues or are oblivious to how people usually behave when interacting with peers, coworkers, those who provide service, and others. Obviously these are colorful characters to write about—it seems as if the literary world is full of them.

But the more time I spent with Eleanor Oliphant
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Diane S ☔
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely fantastic character Eleanor is, a character that grew on me the more I read. She has had a scarred childhood, though we don't learn exactly what happened until later in the story, she wears the evidence on her face. She remembers little from that time only knows she was burned in a fire. Raised in a series of group homes, given an apartment by social services who still check on her though she is now thirty. She has few social skills, is very matter of fact, has no friends, few ...more
Julie
No. No. No. No. No. No.

All apologies to my lovely Goodreads friends who have liked (or loved) this book, but it's not for me.

And it's sad. . . because I wanted it, I waited for it, and I was finally able to start it. It's Mother's Day, and my family handed me bath salts and my new book and told me to go for it. They know I'm just crazy enough to read an entire book in one bath, and I was ready to do it.

And I prepared my bath, and I began reading, and I was (very quickly) almost in physical pain
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Debbie
I dare you not to think Elephant when you hear this title. This writer is so clever! We've got the first part of elephant at the beginning of her first name, and the rest of the elephant in the last name. No, of course this book is not about elephants, but the writer sometimes plays with words--and that alone is a selling point for me. Maybe it's sort of like subliminal advertising, except the author isn't trying to sell us elephants. Eleanor Oliphant. Elephant elephant elephant!

I can get all an
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Elyse
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Update.....I found a copy in my notes from last year ---

Here is the review I wrote right after I read it. I realize - almost a year later I can still remember so much about this story: ELEANOR is a terrific character ... and this book is great!!! Even GROWS on you!!!


Eleanor Oliphant, almost 30 years old, is one of those odd characters we think we may have seen before in our books --- lonely - awkward - lacking social skills. She doesn't have filters when it comes to saying what she's thinking. Y
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Angela M
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first it’s easy to think that Eleanor is just a quirky social misfit with no friends and no social life and she is, but I soon found out that there is so much more to Eleanor and so much more to learn about her. It’s a lonely life she leads and she says everything is fine but we learn eventually that it isn’t, and that life hasn’t ever been fine. While hints of what happened to her are slowly divulged, we never really find out everything until the end . It’s heartbreaking to learn why she dro ...more
Cheri
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4.5 Stars

Eleanor Oliphant is lacking the social awareness that would have her filter her comments, or even consider for a moment that she needs to do so. She’s a unique individual with a unique view on the world and how it works – especially as it relates to people.

”Animals, birds and insects can provide such useful insights. If I’m ever unsure as to the correct course of action, I’ll think, ‘What would a ferret do?’ or ‘How would a salamander respond to this situation?’ Inva
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❄️Nani❄️
I'm starting to get a little concerned here because so far, 2018 has bestowed upon me nothing but amazing books and I fear I'm going to have to pay for this streak of good luck at a later date.
But for now, I'm going to revel in it until it comes to an end. Here's to hoping that never happens.🥂


My heart, without a doubt, has been hijacked by Eleanor and is nowhere to be found.
But you know what, Eleanor, take it. Take whatever’s left of it. It’s all yours because you've given me a blissful (and
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Justin
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an emotional roller coaster, this book! I laughed. I thought about crying. I was angry. I was delighted. I was empathetic. I was completely fine, sometimes.

What started out as a book that could have easily been called A Woman Called Eleanor ended up being far superior to that Ove stuff. There were legit moments that made me laugh, and the book turned in directions that were hard to get through, assuming you have a heart inside your chest that beats about 65bpm as mine does. A heart that fe
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Fran
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Oliphant is a thirty year old accounts receivable clerk who has a humdrum existence. She calls herself a self contained entity, eating lunch alone while doing crossword puzzles and spending every weekend alone with bottles of vodka. She feels freakish and ugly since she has scar tissue across her right cheek, a result of third degree burns suffered during childhood. She speaks to Mummy by phone every Wednesday. Eleanor lives with the only item to have survived her childhood, her parrot p ...more
Svetlana
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
When I first picked this book up, I was battling with some mental health issues of my very own. I only quite recently realised I had any when a friend pointed it out; and all the years of struggling - my thoughts, emotions and behaviour started to make sense. Funny thing is, I had decided to read this one thinking it was going to be a fun, light read and it will cheer me up. Little did I know how deep and relatable it was going to turn out.

Initially, I could only manage a couple of pages at a t
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Mary Beth
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I just loved Eleanor! She is a loner and avoids social interactions and lives in isolation. She speaks out without thinking, to whatever pops in her mind. She has never received hugs, or held hands and has never felt loved, she never received anything when she was sad to cheer her up. Never received balloons and received a balloon from Raymond with Sponge Bob on it and it was so special to her. She never heard of Sponge Bob.

She had an awful childhood with a scar on her face and bruise
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Annet
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live...
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything...


This is a sad and at the same time, strangely enough a fun story. I read a quote on the cover "A story about the very worst and very best that humans are capable of... Funny, brave and utterly devastating". That about sums it up. It's a pretty tragic story about Eleanor Oliphant, a lonely peculiar lady with a severel
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Lindsay
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Oh Eleanor, I desperately wanted to reach into this story and hug you (even though a hug would be extremely awkward for you) and welcome your quirky self into my life!

Eleanor’s journey took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Eleanor is obliviously socially awkward. She had me laughing out loud on one page and then holding back tears while breaking my heart on the next. Eleanor Oliphant is one of the most remarkable characters I have ever ‘met’! Eleanor’s inner thoughts (and ofte
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paulie
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 for the writing 5 for the intense, emotive, evocative results.

a few months back i purchased a bag of cripsy puff veggie sticks, i believe they were tomato basil flavoured. they caught my eye so i thought i'd give them a go. i remember during the first few bites i felt like they tasted off, i wasn't expecting them to taste like they had. at the same time i felt i had swung and missed at a new snack, i felt the need to grab another small handful. as i began acclimating to their taste i realise
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Luffy
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My typical review is 3 paragraphs, and if the book is overly long, there's a lot that I don't report in my review. So, when I come across the title 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine', I wonder how much of this statement is true, and how much of the evidence for or against this statement I'll notice in one single reading.

Eleanor is odd, and nobody is completely fine in this world, cruelty oblige. Eleanor doesn't notice everything in her life. This is crucial and tragic at the same time. Eleano
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Margitte
There was a big green poof, a giant beanie frog on the floor since time immemorial. A charity furniture donation when she moved in. She drew a Musca domestica on his tongue with a pilfered Sharpie. Hungry. Froggie was always hungry...

Froggie and two pints of Vodka every Friday after work, were her only flatmates. Polly, the Australian parrot-plant her only friend since forever. All through the good, bad and better days, Froggie knew it all. Eleanor did not. She could not remember. The scars were
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Brenda
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the title Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine it intrigued me right away and had me asking myself is she really fine. I have learned when people say they are fine they usually are not. So when I found this one on the fast read shelf at the library I grabbed it and started reading it right away to find out why Eleanor Oliphant was not completely fine.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a brilliant, witty, uplifting and hopefull story that explores the deep unspoken sadness caused b
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Carol
Wish-It-Wasn't-Over!

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE...YEP!...and this FINE DEBUT is going on my favorites shelf for 2017!

There are many...many laughs to be had here...but there is also evil doing.. As you come to know Eleanor and her tedious, but entertaining routines of the day, you will methodically find out about her haunted past, love for vodka AND her forthright personality....to tell it like it is....no matter what the situation!

Without giving anything away, I'll just say that Eleano

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Crumb
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Oh, Eleanor! How delightfully quirky you are! This book..well..let's just say was one of the most unusual and gratifying journeys that I have ever been taken on in the literary world. Thank you, Gail Honeyman for creating such a wonderfully, unique character that is Ms. Eleanor Oliphant. And that name? I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E.

I'm not going to attempt a summary of this book because that would seem slightly gratuitous. Therefore, I will simply say, that this novel is a character study of a woman, that
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Karen❄️
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5.
Oh, Eleanor Oliphant is quite the character! Eleanor is 30, single, and troubled by her abusive past, her way of speaking is very blunt. Eleanor lives a solitary life..she likes crossword puzzles and vodka!
You can't help but fall for her and root for her to find happiness. I can't say much more, I don't want to give anything away about the story.
I definitely recommend this book!
Phrynne
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
At first I was not sure about this book. Eleanor was so odd and so abrasive and I could not imagine where it was going to lead. The author however could imagine and she did it so well. As the novel progressed I grew to understand and to like Eleanor more and more and eventually I wanted to invite her round to my house for some biscuits and tea.
Due to her terrible child hood Eleanor lacks social skills and an understanding of popular culture. She is aware she is different from the norm and withdr
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Eleanor Oliphant..I love you.

Eleanor lives a pretty solitary life. She really doesn't understand people. She spends most of her time alone in her apartment, reading interesting books and having her Wednesday afternoon phone calls with "Mummy."


She is fine with that. Along with her little treat.
Vodka is, for me, merely a household necessity, like a loaf of bread or a packet of tea.

One day she sees the man that is going to change her life and starts changing things in order to be ready when he re
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Dem
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audible, 5-star
I think this book's title should be changed to
Eleanor Oliphant is a hard act to follow.

Because I for one am having a difficult time parting company with Eleanor.

I loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and her quirky ways, humorous, sometimes dark and heartbreaking but an all round wonderful page turner that I did not want to end. I loved the authors use of empathy and humor. Something about this book reminded me of Me Before You another wonderful novel which I would have passed by witho
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Linda
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine," and so is this wonderfully written debut novel by author Gail Honeyman.

Off and on, while reading this book, my mind would go back to my younger years and hear the lyrics from The Beatles famous song "Eleanor Rigby":

"All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?"

Eleanor doesn't dwell on being lonely, however. I don't think she realizes she has a reason to be lonely. She finds comfort in her everyday routine.
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Liz
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor makes a great pretense of being fine. She manages her days with the help of vodka and by not engaging with others. Then, a chance event with a co-worker helping a man that has fallen in the street leads to the beginning of social engagement. At the same time, she thinks she has found the love of her life; a good looking rock musician that she doesn't actually know.

This books reads like a mystery. I kept turning pages to see how things would evolve. And to find out what about her past ha
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Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
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“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.” 102 likes
“A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who's wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It's not as though I'm expecting a reply. I'm fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.” 92 likes
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