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"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is a very strange young woman. She is living in her own little world, without friends, caring family, or excitement in her life. For years she wakes up, goes to work, and drinks vodka when she gets home. Her whole world is thrown out of sync when she meets Raymond. His bubbly personality and awkward charm sends Eleanor on a journey to figure out her past, and who she is as a human being.


The writing of this book was absolutely fantastic. Everything was clear, concise, and emphasized a strong voice from our main character, Eleanor. As a reader, you are beautifully shown the inside world of Eleanor's thoughts and feelings. Honeyman writes these thoughts and feelings in an original and unique way.


The character development of Eleanor was splendid. As the story develops the reader can feel Eleanor's character relax and develop as she goes through new experiences. After meeting Eleanor, even Raymond goes through some character development. Eleanor opens him up to new ways of thinking and gives him a different perspective on life.


The plot of the novel was beautiful. Nothing was rushed or out of place. Everything made sense and I never got bored with the story, characters, or writing style. There were moments where Eleanor's actions surprised me, yet those actions were not out of her character.


One thing is clear, Ms. Eleanor Oliphant was far from being fine. With the help of some unlikely friends, she just might be fine in the future. Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a happy feel-good story. It was beautifully written with incredibly interesting characters that made you keep turning the page.

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