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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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annoyedhumanoid's review

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emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Raymond is the only good man

on a serious note, it was nice to see someone get better.

I took one of my hands in the other, tried to imagine what it would feel like if it was another person’s hand holding mine. There have been times when I felt that I might die of loneliness. People sometimes say they might die of boredom, that they’re dying for a cup of tea, but for me, dying of loneliness is not hyperbole. When I feel like that, my head drops and my shoulders slump and I ache, I physically ache, for human contact—I truly feel that I might tumble to the ground and pass away if someone doesn’t hold me, touch me.

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kdotli's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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locajohanna's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny hopeful sad
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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rebeccaquinton's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional funny hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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pauloleary's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

This is a brilliant mixture of genuinely laugh-out-loud humour and desperate sadness and trauma. 

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a_l_reads's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

+ parts of the storyline & characteristics were relatable for me personally

- the wrap text describes a mere slice of what the story is actually about
- sometimes the main character reads social cues perfecrly fine and somethimes she doesn’t get them at all. big inconsistency there.
- too long

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slucchesi06's review

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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daybreakreads's review

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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cait_coll's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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brianneh's review

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dark emotional funny sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I honestly did not think I would like this book that much, but I ended up loving it. It definitely does not get enough hype.
When I first started this book, I was a bit worried about not liking the main character as I found Eleanor to be quite rude. When she didn’t tip any of the service people she came into contact with, I was very annoyed with her.
However, as I kept reading and learned more about Eleanor, she grew on me. Her literal way of interpreting things, while still rude in some cases, was refreshing in others.
SpoilerThen of course, as we find out more about Eleanor’s past, her oddities begin to make more sense. Her traumatic upbringing and college years are haunting, and made me tear up in a few spots. I kept wondering why did no one get her into therapy when she was young?
I ended up finding Eleanor to be very funny, even if she did not mean to be at times. When she discusses getting ready as a woman or muses about being fed to zoo animals when she dies, I found myself smiling or laughing out loud.
On the other hand, there were many extremely sad parts some of her lines broke my heart. The writing here is so heartbreakingly good and some of the quotes absolutely destroyed me:
Spoiler“This was an all too familiar social scenario for me; standing alone, staring into the middle of distance. It was absolutely fine. It was absolutely normal. After the fire, at each new school, I'd tried so hard, but something about me just didn't fit. There was, it seemed, no Eleanor-shaped social hole for me to slot into.”

The character development is top-notch. This book broke my heart and put it back together in all the right ways.



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