Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  1. I think your review is spot on. I don’t understand why so many people raved about this book – I thought it was OK but not convinced by the plot. And I was kind of disappointed that it turned out her mum wasn’t in prison at all… I’d anticipated some dramatic showdown where they both meet again. Glad I read it though 😉

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    1. I’m also glad I read it. I don’t think I’ve ever really regretted reading a book even if I’ve not been able to finish it or even if it gets one star. I may snark and be picky but I think there is always something to be taken from any book (even if that something is how *not* to do something or to reaffirm that a particular genre isn’t for you).

      I guess it was a case of me liking this but not loving it. I have luke-warm feelings towards it and I wonder sometimes if hype is what carries something through especially if something is done differently. Different in books doesn’t always mean it’s executed in the best way. Other times different is fabulous!

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  2. Oh yikes, I have this on my TBR, so I didn’t read this entire review, but it’s sad to hear you weren’t a fan of this one. I’ll obviously still be giving it a go, but I guess lowering my expectations would be a smart idea haha. Great review!

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    1. Ah no, definitely don’t lower your expectations. Objectively I can see why people would give it 4 or 5 stars. I accidently put 2 stars on when I meant to put 3 so I did still really enjoy it and it’s still worth a read. I just know that I am picky/ critical AF when it comes to books. I just didn’t ‘feel’ the connection with the book so actually I think this comes down to the emotionality on my part. Is emotionality even a word?! It is now!

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  3. Interesting take. I didn’t really get the vibe that the author was implying it only took friendship to overcome Eleanor’s problems. I really liked that Honeyman made a point to have Eleanor go through therapy and seek professional help. I’m not really a fan of the “healed by the power of friendship” trope, either, but I didn’t see that as what happened here.

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    1. I know that Eleanor’s issues were also helped with therapy but I think my mental blocker came down when she started randomly crying in front of Raymond and his mum in the kitchen. For someone who was so reserved and who had been successfully repressing their feelings for years it seemed very sudden for her to start opening up and having such a strong emotional response. The argument could be said that seeing the relationship between Raymond and his mum (and one of such warmth) was the trigger for the emotional response/ beginnings of her healing but for me I think I found it a bit much. I did enjoy this book (I am known for being picky in my reviews even with things I like) but I sadly think it just came down to an emotional connection between me and the book not happening. I have such praise for the voice of the character though, that was spot on.


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