I fell utterly head over heels for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. The story follows the titular character as she navigates her comfortable life: she goes to work, talks to her Mummy once a week, and drinks plenty of vodka on the weekends. Her predictable life is upended when a new IT guy and an elderly gentleman enter her life, though. What I really appreciated about this novel was the fact that Eleanor is relatable. She could have been annoying, but I felt myself drawn to her throughout the whole story. As I continued reading, my heart broke even more for her, but I still rooted for her.
This novel does explore heavy themes such as abuse and mental health, but it’s done respectfully. There’s also an air of hope throughout the book, and it’s made abundantly clear that the only person that can help Eleanor is Eleanor herself. The writing is funny, beautiful, and heart-breaking, and I highly recommend this novel to everyone. Gail Honeyman, you’ve gained a new fan.