I picked up this book as I’d heard some hype and thought the front cover looked nice but Eleanor Oliphante is Completely Fine was so much more than I was expecting.
Eleanor Oliphante has had a hard time but is ready to make some changes to her carefully routined life. Whilst trying to win the affections of one man, she softens unexpectedly to another. This sets Eleanor down a path of events that allows us to get to know the character and how she got to be who she is.
The author, Gail Honeyman, has constructed the character of Eleanor so well. She’s a greatly flawed character with which we can all empathise and identify with a part of her life. The writing is funny and original and deeply touching, sometimes heart breaking. This book takes you on such a rollercoaster of emotions, one minute I was laughing out loud and the next I wanted to cry for Eleanor.
Eleanor Oliphante is Completely Fine is an absolutely stunning book, delightfully funny and compassionate whilst containing a powerful and important message about the mental health problems so many people suffer with every day.
Content warning: This book contains descriptions of suicide
Kate, Membership Officer at Mind