Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Review

Hi, beauties, 
How are you!?
Sorry, it's been a little while since I last posted. I've been having one of those months when everything just happens at all once - isn't it funny how life is like that sometimes. 
Thanks so much for sticking with me! Now, grab a cup of tea, and snuggle in. My review for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is coming in 3, 2, 1.

"No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one."

I have to admit, I hadn't of this book until Reese Witherspoon posted about it in her monthly book club. Then I kept seeing it EVERYWHERE. And to be honest, if it's good enough for Reese, then it is good enough for me! I ended up reading this while in Hawaii, I devoured it in about a day - I could not put it down. It's definitely one of those books that is best read in one sitting as you really escape into Eleanor's world. She's a bit of a strange character and I think I would have lost interest if I'd read this over a few weeks. 

Eleanor is thirty years old, she's worked at the same job since she left university, she speaks on the phone to 'mummy' once a week and drinks two litres of vodka every weekend. She lives in her own world and struggles with any human emotion and connection. 

One day, Eleanor and her colleague, Raymond help assist an elderly man who'd fallen over on the street. From there, Eleanor starts to move out of her comfort zone, and it's then that we realise how 'not fine' Eleanor really is. 

I don't want to go into too much detail as it was a real joy going on the journey with Eleanor as we slowly discovered more about her and why she acts the way she does. She truly is one of the oddest characters, but from the first page, I was rooting for her. She's painfully relatable and I think we could use a reminder about how one simple act of kindness can really change someone's life. 

I'll definitely be checking out more of Gail Honeyman's work and I'll be recommending this book to everyone. 

Some of my favourite Eleanor quotes:
“No thank you,” I said. “I don’t want to accept a drink from you, because then I would be obliged to purchase one for you in return, and I’m afraid I’m simply not interested in spending two drinks’ worth of time with you.”

“But, by careful observation from the sidelines, I’d worked out that social success is often built on pretending just a little. Popular people sometimes have to laugh at things they don’t find very funny, do things they don’t particularly want to, with people whose company they don’t particularly enjoy. Not me. I had decided, years ago, that if the choice was between that or flying solo, then I’d fly solo. It was safer that way.”

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is available at all good books stores nationwide. RRP from $26.99

*Special thanks to Harpercollins for sending me this to review 
xxx Hayley 

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