Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old, and she has fallen in love. With the front man of a band.
This is the beginning of what turns out to be a very poignant story about finding friends, exploring yourself and dealing with the past. Eleanor is at first viewed as an outsider, someone who nobody talks to and nobody wants to talk to, until she meets Raymond and they begin to form a friendship.
If I’m being very honest, I did not like the book at first. I’d seen all the hype and honestly began to wonder what all the fuss was about, but something made me want to keep going.
This was my slow descent into exploring Eleanor and her life. I’m now glad to say I stuck with it until the end, as it won me over. I felt for a while that I would stick with second-lead syndrome and Raymond would be the most likeable character, but then Eleanor began to unravel, and I began to really like the way she spoke and the way she viewed the world. She challenged my own view of the world, and the way she approaches life.
Overall, I rather enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Honeyman writes simply, but effectively, and definitely knows how to draw the reader in. My advice to the new reader would be, if you’re only just starting out and not enjoying, definitely stick with it. It’s definitely worth it to get to the end and discover that the pay-off is worth it.
Or at least it had been for me.
Have you read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine? Let me know in the comments what you thought!