I chose to read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine because my niece gave it a positive rating on Good Reads and I trust her instincts about books. I was quite taken with the story and finished it quickly.
As an author hoping to get a book published for the first time I will admit that the ‘dreams do come true’ story of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine author Gail Honeyman probably influenced my appreciation of the book. This is Gail Honeyman’s first novel and she wrote it as an assignment for a writing course she took while working full-time as a university administrator. She would write her novel on her lunch breaks. She entered the manuscript in a writing contest and one of the judges, who happened to be a literary agent, liked it and decided to take her on as a client. Gail’s book was just named Book of the Year in Britain and Reese Witherspoon is turning it into a movie.
I liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine because the heroine perseveres despite the fact that she leads a very lonely existence and has been dealt a horrible hand in the game of life. I liked the story because it shows how a little kindness and personal interest can go a long way towards making a difference in someone’s life. I liked the book because Eleanor is so straight forward and honest that many of her observations had me laughing out loud like……….
“I have often noticed that people who routinely wear sportswear are the least likely sort to participate in athletic activity.”
Some critics say the transformation that takes place in Eleanor Oliphant’s life in this book is unrealistic. That may be, but I was charmed by Eleanor and intrigued by the way she manages to finally open herself to other people. This is a sad story that turns out better than one could have imagined. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is ultimately a hopeful book and I think right now many people are looking for just that kind of story.