Recently, I was having a bad day and what else do you do when you’re having a bad day than walk around Waterstones. I went in with no intentions to buy anything but instead to just look at some books and give me that happy feeling that a walk around Waterstones tends to give a girl. Of course, my trip didn’t go to plan and I ended up walking out with two books. One of those books happened to be Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman.
I had heard a lot about the book and so I thought I might as well give it a go. When I went to the till, the lady serving me told me what an excellent choice I had made and began to tell me all about the amazing book which further cemented my decision to read the book.
I started it on the bus home that day and was pretty much instantly hooked. It’s rare that I will read a book which I’m invested in from the first page, but this one did it. I absolutely loved following Eleanor Oliphant on her journey for self improvement as she works out how to make the boy, who she has never properly met, that she has decided to fall in love with also fall in love with her. It’s fascinating to follow her as she develops her relationships with others as well as her relationship with herself. I love how the author wrote in a deliberately awkward way to make you feel the things that Eleanor would have felt.
The turns this book took are things that I would never have expected and the ending was a complete shock which is something that I love because it’s a rare feature of a book. I felt such genuine feelings for each character in the book and, despite my personal despise of physical contact with anyone, I really wanted to give Eleanor a cuddle and just spend time with her.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in falling into the world of a fictional character or someone who just likes a good and thoughtful read.
Have you read Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine? What did you think about it?