Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,987 Ratings)



A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, 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 realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart. 


  • I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it.

    By Sudiniup
    I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it. The author, Gail Honeyman said, “It's a story of the - transformational power - of small acts of kindness.” Gail wrote Eleanor’s life, as a person: "that has been knocked off kilter by an unnamed childhood horror which she can only recall from her sense of , “before” and “after”, and “although she’s had a fairly catastrophic start in life, Eleanor is still the agent of her own life." She didn’t want to write her as a victim, and didn’t want her to be self-pitying either. She tried to leave space in the narrative, so the reader could feel those feelings on her behalf. It’s written in first person and begins with Eleanor’s day to day life and her unfiltered description of herself and everyone she meets. Eleanor is 29, has no friends or social contacts, is eccentric, opinionated, lives in Glasgow, Scotland, works as a finance clerk for a graphic design company, and every weekend consumes two bottles of vodka. She is academically intelligent, loves crossword puzzles, is socially awkward and leads a solitary lifestyle. She does some really, ill-advised things in the early chapters and she's oblivious to the way her shortcomings appear to those around her. She blames any awkwardness on the other person's "underdeveloped social skills.” Her private thoughts are witty, semi-harsh judgements about everything and everyone but sometimes she says these thoughts out loud, and it alienates people. She also has an odd formality in her conversational speech, which pushes most people away. Through out the book, clues gradually emerge to Eleanor's troubled past, and eventually her full childhood story emerges. Eleanor’s unravelling – and redemption – begins when an old man collapses in the street. Eleanor’s partner in the, "transformational power of small acts of kindness," is her co-worker Raymond. After reading about 25 pages of this book, I loved Eleanor, felt protective of her and wanted good things to happen to her.
  • This book is completely fine

    By Kirathekid
    I found Elenor to be very entertaining however the plot, not so much. I wouldn’t recommend.
  • The book you didn’t know you needed

    By cotyy_pink
    This book changed my life. I have never related to anything more else in my life. Written in such a beautiful, quirky, and fun way. I read it in 3 days.
  • I love Eleanor Oliphant

    By jever
    This book is a treasure. Getting to know these characters and following the arc of their story was a gift, and I couldn’t put the book down. I just loved it from start to finish. Beautifully written and beautifully told.
  • Really liked this book

    By יעןטיכ
    Definitely a favorite. Made me laugh at loud in public. I could identify with way too much...
  • This book grew on me

    By Daynaplease
    I was ok with this book until it ended and now I find myself missing Eleanor and wanting more! I hope this becomes a movie. The main character was a little hard for me to like at first but then I started recognizing some of my behaviors. Her growth was well done.
  • Lovely

    By Jumsmuj
    This a funny and special book. Highly recommend it.
  • Didn’t pull me in

    By Barbym1224
    This book took me so long to finish. It had such a slow start, then started to get a bit more interesting, but I felt the ending was a bit anticlimactic. I wanted to love it, but it was just okay.

    By LauraKitis
    Really great read. Laughed out loud several times, but there was also a good balance of mystery and seriousness as well. Selfishly, I wish we knew more about Eleanor and Raymond’s future. I’ll definitely read again.
  • Loved loved loved it

    By pink dreams
    A great read. Eleanor will stay with me for a very long time. Splendid plot.