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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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alexsartifacts's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad slow-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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lola1229's review

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4.0

Oh, Eleanor.  How did you manage to break my heart worse the second time?!  ❤️‍🩹💔

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annoyedhumanoid's review

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emotional hopeful 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

4.75

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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ecjl's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny hopeful sad medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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fionafsw's review against another edition

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

3.25

This book is over-hyped. It's not the worst novel ever, but as a NYT bestseller and multi-award winning book, it's disappointing. 

I liked the main character quite a bit; some aspects of her loneliness really resonated with my own situation. And the story is entertaining enough. But the writing struck me as juvenile, as if the author was completing an assignment for a creative writing class. Her portrayal of the protagonist was inconsistent (how can someone so lacking in knowledge about the world be good at crosswords?) and superficial. She tries to make every sentence funny by making poor Eleanor react obliviously, ignorantly to everything, just to get a cheap laugh out of the reader, at Eleanor's expense. I'm not okay with that. The themes that the book introduces are heavy: child abuse and neglect, loneliness, depression, suicide, death... but the presentation of these themes feels trite, as if the author didn't do any research. 

It's (very) easy reading and I finished it in a few days. If you need a novel for a long flight or a lazy weekend at a cabin/on the beach, this could be a contender. But if you want to read something that doesn't feel like the author sat down and thought, "Okay! How do I make this funny? How many sniggers can I squeeze out of the reader on this page? How do I make this edgy?" then you may want to look elsewhere.

Reese Witherspoon's book club recommends it. If I'd known that, I probably would have passed on it 

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hazelsnoot's review against another edition

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

4.5


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madisongturner's review against another edition

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3.0

Overall, the start and general content of the book felt slow to me, a little boring even. However, for the last 30% or so, it felt exceedingly familiar as well as a welcome twist at the end. A great glimpse, however, into the true issues of loneliness and judgement we see in society. 

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ashley_dreaming's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
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  • 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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enoemo's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense 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

5.0


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vvaanneessssaa's review against another edition

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

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