Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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I finally got my hands on this one – it’s been talked about all over the place!

Eleanor is a 30 year old woman who is on the spectrum. She is a quirky lady who works in an office setting. She keeps the same schedule each week, up until she meets Raymond from the IT department. Things seem to change for her – together they come across an elderly man named Sam who falls on the street. They start to care for him in the hospital and it’s the most interaction Eleanor has had in awhile. These new interactions start to bring up Eleanor’s deep dark past of her family history, why she’s jumped from house to house as a child, why she has the scar on her face, and why her relationship with her mother is the way it is.

I feel terrible to say this, but I just couldn’t get into the story. I usually love mental illness books, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around this one. It’s a dark book, and most people seem to pour out all their emotions because of it, but I was bored. I really wasn’t entertained by the side humor throughout and stopped reading it a couple of the times throughout. The ending was beautiful, but I could’ve DNF’d this one multiple times.

2/5 Stars

8 thoughts on “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  1. The plot does stagnate at times.
    I am interested to know why you think Eleanor is on the spectrum? I at first thought she was too but when I found out about what happened, it made more sense that perhaps PTSD increased her anxiety and this combination made it difficult for her to interact appropriately with others.

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      • Wow… I actually didn’t realise that. She is a little bit, isn’t she! Now I feel a little more sympathetic towards Sheldon. I think the creators also noted that Sheldon’s mother didn’t get a diagnosis, so he could possibly be on the spectrum.

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  2. She reminded me a lot of Sheldon, too (of course, we know he’s not on the Spectrum, his mother had him tested). I’m still working on my blog post about this, but I think it’ll be slightly more favorable than yours, but I won’t be joining the love-fest for it. Mostly, I didn’t find anything funny. I just felt pity for this poor woman from page one through the end.

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