I just finished my first book of the year; ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ by author Gail Honeyman. And I couldn’t wait to write a blog post about it.
One of my new year’s resolutions in 2019 is to read more. I’m aiming to read 12 books this year. Now, I know that number isn’t impressive to most but as i’m new to the bookstagram world, I’m easing my way in with a (hopefully achievable) book a month.
‘Eleanor Oliphant is an accounts clerk at a graphic design office in Glasgow. To all appearances, her life is unremarkable. Her language is oddly antiquated with an impressive vocabulary; she has scars on her face; sees little point in doing her hair or wearing the latest clothes; and on weekends she finds herself in pure isolation, staying at home and downing bottles of vodka.
Eleanor is merely existing and not living, until one day everything changes when she and a new colleague, Raymond, witness an old man collapsing in the street and call an ambulance. Around the same time, thirty-year-old Eleanor develops an obsessive teenage-style crush on a handsome and arrogant singer in a band. She later buys a mobile and a laptop and takes up Twitter to follow him. These events lead to a crisis that forces Eleanor to truly examine her life.
The book explores various hard hitting themes, such as loneliness, anxiety, depression and loss. Eleanor is a complex character who struggles with even the smallest of human interactions.
I absolutely adored Honeyman’s writing style and the characters development throughout the book. Not one character interaction was in vain. Even the minor encounters Eleanor had throughout the book were beautifully written and though provoking; Each with their own lesson for the reader to learn.
I listened to this book on Audible and honestly hung on every word. I found the representation excellent and the general premise to be incredibly refreshing and unlike anything else I have read before.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realises that the only way to survive is to open your heart.Goodreads 2018
If you want to pick up or listen to a book that explores hard hitting issues, with a strong emphasis on character development; Then I cannot recommend this book enough.