Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely 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 E ...more
Anyone who believes Eleanor…moreYes, 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 is working with a very limited perspective on autism.
And yes, emotional (and physical) trauma, isolation, and deprivation could produce the same social skills deficits. (But won't always.)
It's a chicken-and-egg question, but an interesting one.
On edit: the range in responses in the following answers is fascinating. I never imagined people would casually take sides on this as if it were a sporting match. Thanks to all of you who based your informed answers on firsthand experience or professional training. (less)
I have a question about the mother and the ending of the book...
I am still surprised and want to make sure that I am reading it correctly, I just finished and am kind of in surprised.
Did her mother die in the fire? Was the woman on the phone just part of her imagination? Her coping? (hide spoiler)]
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“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.”
Eleanor’s story hit me so much harder than I expected it to. She is thirty years old, has worked at the same job since she left university, speaks on the phone to mummy once a week ...more
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 ...more
Thank you, Eleanor Oliphant. Thank you for picking me up out of my reading slump. Thank you for being so funny, so sad, so smart, so blunt. Thank you for being a literary character that will live forever in the hearts of (most) anyone that reads you.
Oh, and a big thank you for enriching my own personal vocab. My Kindle dictionary has never had such a workout. What a nice perk!! Effortless writing that flows naturally fast, even though Eleanor O prefers to use crossword type clues as actu ...more
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 ...more
I can get all an ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Initially, I could only manage a couple of pages at a t ...more
I couldn’t help but think that the above presumption somehow rings quite true in this day and age. If we look around and see so many interacti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I passed on this book when it first came out, but after seeing all the 4 and 5 star ratings from my Goodreads friends I decided to give it a go.
It took a while for me to connect with the story. The first 80-100 pages were slow, and I wasn’t sure if I was loving the rather off-putting protagonist enough to enjoy her tale. Eleanor is a young woman living in Glasgow who suffered a horrifically traumatic event at age 10 and spent the rest of her childhood in one foster ...more
What a remarkable book about an extremely interesting character Eleanor.... I would strongly recommend this book to anybody that likes a character driven story, this book was just filled with remarkable characters that were so extremely well developed.... Eleanor, motivated by an extremely one sided crush decides she's going to improve herself... along the way she makes a friend in Raymond, he and my opinion is the true hero of the story, without him E ...more
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!
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...more