I avoided this one for a while because the title lead me to believe it would be quite twee. When a friend, not known for her love of fluffy, recommended it I wondered if I’d made a mistake. Maybe I’d sat on this for no good reason and it turns out – I bloody loved it.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than…. fine?
Eleanor is a fantastically flawed protagonist who made me laugh out loud. She’s not one to mince words and although it’s not immediately clear, as we unravel her story we learn more about what makes her tick. She’s very complex, wickedly wry and quite adorable – I love her.
There’s a darkness to the story too and it’s incredibly sad – and while Eleanor enjoys her voyage of discovery, she’s also forced to face her traumatic past head on if she ever wants to have a happy life.
If you don’t know – and without spoilers – Eleanor is almost thirty and has lived alone since the age of 17. She doesn’t have many friends or a love life to speak of but when she sets her sights on a local rock star, she embarks on a mission to better herself. Though the reality of this looks a whole lot different to what she expects…
Can Eleanor open her heart and enjoy the normal things that make a life – like friendship, socialising and maybe more…?
Honestly, I was sad to finish this. I wanted to inhabit Eleanor’s world forever and find out what is next for our plucky heroine. I cheered at every step of her recovery and I’d do anything for more. There’s a rumour the rights to the film have already been picked up by Reece Witherspoon’s production company so maybe that will happen sooner than I think.