Book Review- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Recently a book I have heard a lot about is Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.  This is one which I have seen in a number of people’s favourites. I saw it in my friend Hayley’s June favourites.  When Joe wanted to order a book off amazon which I noticed was in the 2 books for £7 offer. I knew it was fate and I had to purchase this book. For sure I do not regret purchasing this book at all.  I actually managed to complete this book in about 6 hours for sure it was a page-turner.


Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

She leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

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 – whilst 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?


Well as  I stated this is a book which I really could not put down.  This did mean that I read it pretty quickly. It had me gripped I needed to know what happened to Eleanor this was not a typical book which I would read. Usually, I read a lot of romance kind of stories however, this is a book to some element which I could actually relate to. Since this, I have passed this on to my mum who took it on holiday. I seem to remember she said she finished it in a few days. She said that she enjoyed it but it even though it was very strange but she was glad she had read it. I know this is not something which she would have typically read either.  Usually, she is more of a Danielle Steel reader when she is on her holidays.

The main character of the story is Eleanor who is a 30-year-old who has been working the same job since finishing university. She also speaks to Mummy on the phone once a week and drinks two liters of vodka every weekend.  We soon realize that she is awkward when it comes to social encounters. She has a reliance on alcohol because this is the way in which she buries her feelings and past grievances. This book for sure highlights the fact that there are people who are struggling with loneliness, alcoholism, and depression. This is something which a number of books fail to mention.

Eleanor has never been loved we find out that she has received third-degree burns as a child which has resulted in a scar on her face. Since the age of 10 years old she has been in the foster care system.  Society has kept her fed, clothed and educated but she has never fully loved.  Even the relationship which she has with her mum is hurtful and abusive.

This makes you think about the relationships in your life, it shows you the highs, the bad and the medium. This story really makes you realize how valuable one friend can be. Eleanor had been stuck in ways she didn’t even have the eyes to see how abusive her mum has been to her . This means that she has not been able to do anything about it.

For sure this is a book which I would recommend people reading this summer. I could not put it down and it is rare for me to actually be able to finish a book on the same day as I start reading it.  Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine is scheduled to come out as a film I can not wait to see how this book gets portrayed as a film. I am unsure when the film is due to come out but for sure this is going to be something I will go and see at the cinema.


Have you read this book? If so what did you think?


Charlotte xxx


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