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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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jess_vitale's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I can't articulate why this book didn't do it for me, and I'm left feeling slightly confused because everyone raves about it. It was enjoyable in parts, but mostly just when the story involved her interactions with Raymond or Sammy. I was bored for a lot of it (her observations of every mundane detail became tedious) though luckily it's a quick and easy read. It did get more interesting towards the last quarter of the book.

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julie0032's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense 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

4.25


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ashley_dreaming's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious reflective 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

3.5


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potassiumk's review against another edition

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

3.25

The only reason I finished this book was because I had to read it for school. It was so boring until a little more than half way. Then I finally started to care about Eleanor. Before that she was annoying for no reason. Atleast now she has a reason to be. 

Another thing is that somehow this woman knows nothing about modern society. Even the most tech deprived people I know, have phones and know what pop culture references are. 

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gabbyisbaking's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional 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


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anniekayobrien's review against another edition

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funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective relaxing tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I honestly felt like I’d become friends with Eleanor and while you had no idea what direction this book was taking you in, I wanted so badly for it to keep going. A feel good book despite themes of alcohol abuse, emotional abuse murder and suicide, because alongside this there was hope, kindness, love, friendship and self-growth. Despite such heavy themes, these topics were not delved into too deeply and this is not a heavy book - a slightly similar story to ‘Sally Diamond’ but with more hope and respite at the book’s end. I found myself wishing I was still reading this book days after I finished it, like wanting to see a friend again after some time apart.



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slytherinwa's review against another edition

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reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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chandranolynne's review against another edition

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

5.0

This book was the somber hug I didn't know I needed. It's dark and deep and funny in the saddest way possible. Eleanor is something, but RAYMOND! Och, I love Raymond. I've never had a fictional boyfriend, but if I did, I might choose Raymond. And this novel isn't even a romance!! I just really, really, want to be friends with him and go to lunch and hang out with his mother and her cats. SO much. 

Eleanor Oliphant is, at its core, a book about functional depression. So, it's sad. And some people don't like sad. But I truly feel that if you have ever dealt with depression and understand its nuances, this book will likely speak to you. It certainly did me. Yes, it's super sad and I cried a lot, but there is also a tremendous amount of beauty to take away from it. I just think that you should stop whatever it is that you're doing right now, and go read this book. It's definitely vying for my favorite book of 2023!

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rebeccaquinton's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional funny hopeful reflective 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

4.0


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