31 January 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Review

Read more, that's what I always tell people. Take every opportunity to read, encourage your littles to bury their heads in books and get lost in worlds that are interesting, magical, exciting. Books feed my soul, they are a place to escape, a place to explore, stories to become a part of, I call myself a bookworm with pride and I adore seeing Willow show such love and excitement over her books, just like I did when I was a little girl.

A review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Throughout 2018 I will be working alongside some wonderful bloggers with the Mumsnet team, as part of the 2018 Mumsnet Book Club. Now in its 11th year, the book club is a wonderful place for bookworms to unite online, reading a book together each month before joining in a discussion about the book, the characters, the story, your feelings on all those pages filled with words of another world. If you love reading like me, you can find out more here.

The first book on the reading list for 2018 is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a debut novel by Gail Honeyman winner of a Costa Book Awards for 2017 and a book which I simply could not put down!

Eleanor Oliphant likes to keep her life simple, keeping herself to herself, with the same routine day in day out, a routine which to her seems entirely normal, but to others, leaves her living in the shadows, someone who is there, but never really there. She works in the same office job she started when she completed her degree, with every day of the week going by like clockwork; the same outfits, the same journies, the same routine and the same two bottles of vodka, consumed alone at home, every weekend.

Eleanor doesn't find socialising easy, in fact, she finds other people quite bothersome, so comfortable in her ways, keeping her world small and private. Her interaction with others is few and far between, delegated to her work colleagues, who she isn't so keen on and Eleanor's mother, who calls once a week and is quite the toxic influence. Eleanor is anything but ordinary, though; with a prominent scar on her face and a past which haunts her every day, Eleanor is quite an extraordinary character, with extraordinary thoughts and feelings.

Eleanor's life starts to change when she embarks on a project, a project that will finally give her happiness and help her get rid of her horrible mother. Someone who will make her feel safe and happy, who will fix her and help her move on from her past, but things never quite work out as you planned. She thinks she has everything under control, but soon her usual routine gets interrupted, she is forced into social situations she is unsure how to handle and the dark truth about her past can't be ignored for much longer.

I found the character of Eleanor endearing, at times frustrating but mostly, a character I rooted for. I wanted Eleanor to find happiness, I wanted her to get out into the world more and I really wanted to find out what happened all those years ago, to make Eleanor the person she is today. It's easy to find yourself willing Eleanor to do certain things, to engage more with certain characters and to face her demons (not just because you're so invested, you can barely keep up with the suspense of finding out what happened when she was vulnerable little girl!) and mostly, to start living her life the way we all should; full of happiness, love and excitement.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a book I devoured with gusto, not wanting to put it down, reading until the early hours of the morning. The ending, specifically the last chapter, left me shocked, with an unexpected twist which really makes an impact and finishes this book off perfectly. It's one I won't forget about for a while, that's for sure!

You can purchase Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine online from Amazon (£4.49), The Book People (£6.99) and Waterstones (£6.99)


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