Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Book Rating : 3 stars

Eleanor is oddly a mix of likable and unlikable. Her character is at once arrogant, vulnerable, judgmental, unconfident. It almost makes her very human, and yet, beyond the norm of human behavior.

Her personality makes sense considering her abuse, and what’s valuable about her is her self-awareness. And yet, she’s not self-aware, and is clouded in a bubble not aligned with reality. She has this ability to cut through emotions and get to the matter-of-fact, and yet, can still feel and show emotion. 

I both liked and disliked Eleanor – which was probably the point. The one twist in the book I suspected but wasn’t sure of, until it was revealed. And though it was a cliche twist, I still wasn’t surprised the author would use it. It showed Eleanor’s growth, and also, her repressed emotions and fears, and how she’s started to overcome them.

At the end of the book, it’s a cliche story of abuse, and yet, I enjoyed reading about Eleanor’s journey into becoming more human and healthy. And what I like is that she is aware she needs to change, and then manages to start her journey. 

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