Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

fiction contemporary
emotional hopeful medium-paced

327 pages | first published 2017

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.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

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Moods

emotional 84%
hopeful 60%
funny 55%
sad 46%
reflective 41%
dark 34%
inspiring 26%
challenging 14%
mysterious 12%
lighthearted 11%
tense 6%
relaxing 2%
adventurous 1%
informative 1%

Pace

medium 72%
slow 15%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 86% | A mix: 12% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

No: 72% | Yes: 16% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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