A review by bigblackclock
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

dark emotional sad 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? Yes


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman is a profoundly moving and thought-provoking novel that grips your heart from the very first page. Honeyman's storytelling is nothing short of extraordinary, crafting a tale that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure.

In this captivating narrative, Honeyman introduces us to Eleanor Oliphant, a socially awkward and isolated woman whose unique perspective on life offers readers a glimpse into the depths of loneliness and human resilience. Through Honeyman's expertly crafted prose, Eleanor's voice comes alive, painting a vivid picture of her daily struggles and the walls she has built around her heart.

What makes this novel truly exceptional is its ability to seamlessly blend moments of humor and poignancy. Eleanor's quirks and observations provide comic relief, while the underlying themes of trauma, loneliness, and the power of human connection tug at your heartstrings. As the layers of Eleanor's past are gradually peeled away, the reader is taken on an emotional rollercoaster, experiencing her pain, growth, and eventual self-discovery alongside her.

Honeyman's characterization is masterful; Eleanor is a complex, multi-dimensional protagonist who elicits both sympathy and admiration. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, adding depth and authenticity to the story. The relationships that unfold, particularly Eleanor's unlikely friendship with Raymond, are portrayed with sensitivity and grace, highlighting the transformative power of genuine human connection.

Moreover, Honeyman tackles sensitive topics such as mental health, trauma, and the importance of empathy with a delicate touch. She navigates these themes with respect and compassion, offering a realistic portrayal of the challenges many individuals face while emphasizing the importance of kindness and understanding.

In conclusion, "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" is a triumph of storytelling. Gail Honeyman has created a masterpiece that resonates long after the final chapter. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, reminding us all that even in the face of unimaginable pain, healing, love, and redemption are possible. This novel is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeply emotional and uplifting journey through the complexities of the human experience.