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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  141,230 Ratings  ·  17,289 Reviews
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than 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
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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Viking - Pamela Dorman Books
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    lucky little cat Yes, Eleanor struggles with social skills and perspective taking, and these are hallmarks of autistic spectrum disorder.

    Anyone who believes Eleanor…more
    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 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)
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    Ashley Tambunga Ratcliff I LOVE THIS ENDING. It leaves you with a sense of discouragement and hope at the same time--discouragement that Eleanor's issues are so much deeper…moreI LOVE THIS ENDING. It leaves you with a sense of discouragement and hope at the same time--discouragement that Eleanor's issues are so much deeper than she could've imagined, and hope that she now has a friend and a counselor to get her though it. Gave me chills.(less)

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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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    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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    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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    Charlotte May
    4.5! What an incredible story!

    “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
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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
    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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    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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    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    5 STARS

    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
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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
    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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    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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    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
    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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    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
    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    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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    Jaline
    May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Eleanor Oliphant is one of the heroines of literature that I am sure I will remember always. She is brilliant, yet socially awkward. At the age of 10 she experienced a trauma that she never received any help with to sort through it. So, she repressed her memories and more importantly, she repressed her emotions. By the age of 30, she was so good at repression that it completely froze parts of her being and the underlying, unacknowledged fear of any of her repressions getting out were the root ca ...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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    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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    Tucker
    May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: my-favorites
    I’ve heard a lot of good things about “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, “ but I must admit I was somewhat reluctant to read it. I’ve recently read several novels about social misfits like Eleanor and felt like I needed a break from that type of character. Also, Gail Honeyman is a debut author whose work was only discovered through a writing competition. (How good could she be?) I decided to give Eleanor half an hour, but after only ten minutes of reading I was totally hooked and my reluctanc ...more
    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 - Traveling Sister
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fabulous.....
    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
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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!
    Brenda - Traveling Sister
    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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    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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    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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