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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman
Smart, warm, uplifting, the 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 her heart 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. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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. "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship and even love after all."
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Cazxxx
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#alphabetgame

The tagged book is my pick for the letter E. Such a great story which made me laugh and cry, one of my favourite reads from last year

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Ann_Reads
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? It becomes apparent relatively quickly that she isn't. Although a decent person, Eleanor is socially inept, very much alone & has blocked out much of her past, leaving deep physical & emotional scars. Told in great detail from Eleanor's pov, this is a fictional story of change, growth & healing. Great on audio!
#AlphabetGame #LetterE

Ann_Reads Honorable Mention:
Every Living Thing by James Herriot
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Ann_Reads After rereading my blurb, I realized I'd made Eleanor Oliphant sound like a downer type of story. Yes, there are some dark parts but much of it is humorous, inspirational and quirky. 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Eleanor 💙 5d
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melissajayne
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I read this for my library book club a number of years ago and I loved it. Whatever year I read it, it was one of my favourites. I think it was partly because I could identify with Eleanor in some ways, but I could also emphasize with her heart-breaking story. #alphabetgame #lettere

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Eleanor!! 5d
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Andrew65
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#LetterE #Thealphabetgame

Don‘t think I will be the only one to nominate this book by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a great book, and could do with a sequel to see how she is doing now!

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks @allylu @CBee @TheBookHippie @Pageshifter @cocoReads @Velvetfur

Allylu @Andrew65 That‘s a good one! 6d
CBee Loved this book ♥️ 6d
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EverydayImReading
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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. An incredible debut novel. Such a lovely strange character. I could not put this down. #alphabetgame

Cathythoughts I loved this one too ❤️ 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Loved this book too 👍 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 💙 6d
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BriannaT
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Pickpick

For me, this book went from “oh she‘s quirky and socially awkward” to “oh my gosh what happened?” It‘s a tough book to describe - Eleanor is trying to navigate her social life and plan a future romance, but it‘s her past that needs addressing. As she finds herself making real connections and friendships for the first time at age 30, she has to face the truth in order to move on. While she has a lot of trauma, she is still lovable and relatable.

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mbreichert19
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"In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder."
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Can't wait to dive into this one!

LoverOfLearning Hope you enjoy it!! I DNFd this. I don't t particularly like books that describe people's everyday lives no matter the overall plot 3w
LoverOfLearning But let me know your thoughts on it! 3w
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I loved this book so much! It was unexpectedly filled with themes of trauma, mental health, intimacy, and relationships. I wished we learned more about her mom and sister in the book before the ending- but I see how learning about it at the end was Eleanor gaining closure on what happened. Her and Raymond are too cute. 🥰🥰

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Louise
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Pickpick

My mom and I love this book, so we chose it as book #2 in our #readoutloud project. Everyday, we sit together; and I read aloud for us. It was fun to revisit Eleanor and her journey toward freedom from a traumatic past. Her way of seeing the world is quirky and humorous, even in a story filled with sadness. Eleanor is a survivor who learns to thrive.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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Pickpick

This odd duck pecked herself a home in my heart (not literally - FYI, this book has absolutely nothing to do with ducks 😆). This journey & character metamorphosis will always remain special to me. I became Eleanor's personal cheerleader from the very first page, despite all of her faults, but most importantly because of her quirks & eccentricities & social awkwardness (which we both share). A story with friendship and melancholy at its heart ♡ Xx

Cortg I loved this one! I just read the tagged book and the main character, Molly, reminded me a lot of Eleanor 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Cortg Oh, I really must read The Maid now 😍. I've just stacked it! I'll love any character like Eleanor 🥰 Xx 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Eleanor 💙 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too 🥰. Even now, she feels like a friend to me ❤️ Xx 1mo
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momx3nak
Mehso-so

Many people recommend this book to me.

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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 2mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure if I would like this at first, Eleanor is quite an odd character. With her mannerisms, I couldn't help but picture her as a young Miranda Hart. Nothing really earthshattering happens, it's a book about everyday life & about not prejudging the people you may meet. Just one thing though - I really would have liked to know where Eleanor booked for the Christmas party in the end & what her workmates thought! 5🌟

Andrew65 I loved this book. Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Not a mother, but a #lonely character with an awful mother…

#MayMoms

These lilies are from Hannah, William‘s daughter for Mother‘s Day 💗🌸

BiblioLitten Truly awful 😣 3mo
Susanita Those flowers are gorgeous! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BiblioLitten I could have used some worse words right?! 😡 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Susanita thank you so much 🌸 3mo
BiblioLitten @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Absolutely! My heart broke for Eleanor💔 3mo
Eggs Gorgeous flowers 💐 3mo
MyNamesParadise I love that book so much! 3mo
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erickahhh
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Bailedbailed

{Unpopular Opinion}

I did NOT enjoy this book! I know the point is that Eleanor is odd and quirky, I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention.

I generally love a quirky/ unrelatable main character, I just found it too difficult to get into her story line. Others love this book, I was just not one of them

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Loved this book and Eleanor, but her mom was #evil!!

#MayMoms

My lilies are coming along!! 🌱 🌼

jlhammar Yes, she was! Good one. 3mo
Eggs Yes!!!!! 3mo
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Conleyheather
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book, and parts of it I did. Yet, Eleanor Oliphant had a very slow start. Once I read a little more than half of the book, I couldn‘t seem to put it down. The book‘s plot and structure are very much like it‘s narrator. Eleanor is unsuspecting and even bland, but once the surface has been scratched another side the Eleanor, and ultimately the novel, is revealed. #reesesbookclub

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audreydmcgee
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Pickpick

I‘ve read a lot of books set in Great Britain lately. Is this a sign? 🤔 Anyway, this was a good one. I saw most the twists coming but found Eleanor is be a fascinating character. I had a few problems with some of the things Eleanor did at the end that didn‘t seem to fit her. I didn‘t want her to change in those ways.

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peacegypsy
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Pickpick

Finally finished this little delight! What an endearing character, and what a good lesson in using caution when we can choose family instead of merely being assigned them.

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MariettaSG

Lockdown seriously slowed down my reading, I did persist but this book, the voice of Eleanor - so good, so funny is doing the reading live trick for me.

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DcSunshine
Mehso-so

A quick and delicious fiction fix but alas the details of the book faded quickly. It‘s one of those worth reading, you know you read but, but the details are hazy.

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DanaManiac
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Hi LMPBC round #14 group! So sorry for the delay! My husband and I were postponed on a trip abroad and came back to squirrels in the attic and a leaky roof. Yikes! Anyway, here are the four books I‘m choosing from. I‘ll be starting this weekend, so just lmk if you‘re strongly opposed to any or have read any of them. I‘m excited to get back to reading and relaxing!! 📚

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BookishBelle These all sound interesting to me and I haven‘t read any of them. I hope you get plenty of time to relax soon! 5mo
Kdgordon88 That sounds awful... hope you had an amazing trip to make it not seem so bad. I've read the top two but can reread as I loved both. 5mo
HeathHof Wow, sorry you had to go through that! I'm good with any of these. 5mo
DanaManiac Okay! I‘m going to go with the tagged one. Happy reading everyone! 5mo
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BiblioLitten
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I can see that the book is quite popular. My friend wanted to do a buddy-read so I‘ll be hobnobbing with Eleanor for a while.
I‘m already cracking up at the bits where she whispers ‘I know where you live‘ to tele-marketeers, and the use of kitchen scales. 😁

#currentlyreading

sprainedbrain Oh how I ❤️ Eleanor! 6mo
BiblioLitten @sprainedbrain I wanted to give her one big hug 💕 5mo
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ATB
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Another 52 degree day in Feb in Michigan. Outside reading is the best.

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ATB
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Who of us hasn‘t either at 13, 23 or 52 had a hopeless crush on a musician only to crash down to earth and realize he would never know you existed. Ironically as much as Eleanor felt like she didn‘t belong this moment absolutely proves she belongs amongst us all. I‘m looking at you Harry Styles!

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ATB
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Reading and Curling… gotta get my last bit of Olympics in before closing ceremonies tomorrow.

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ATB
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Front porch reading on Feb 16 in Michigan!!! Best thing ever!!! I might make it to spring now.

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carolpharmd
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~ reminded me of an adult “Wonder” ~ Eleanor is a funny, yet tragic character. Enjoyable & heartwarming read!

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Madison91
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Pickpick

I only read psychological thrillers, but I fell in love with Eleanor oliphant! She even got a few giggles out of me

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LitStephanie
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I am late, and only 20 made the cut for a best of year list, but here are my favorites from 2021. @Graywacke @merelybookish thanks for the prods to do this! #top21of21 #top21in21

merelybookish This is quite an eclectic list! And always happy to see love for Normal People. 🙂 6mo
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Kelican17
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Pickpick

Eleanor made me roll my eyes and shake my head. She made me cringe. She made my heart ache for her.

The world needs more Raymonds.

What an unexpectedly good read.

💚

Cathythoughts Fab book 👍❤️ 7mo
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There are scars on my heart... I know they're there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.

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MissLiteraryAli

When the silence and the aloneness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.
... if a woman who's wholly alone occasionally talks to a potted plant, is she certifiable? I'm confident that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It's not as though I'm expecting a reply. I'm fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.

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MissLiteraryAli

I do exist, don't I? It often feels as if I'm not here, that I'm a figment of my own imagination. There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I'd lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock.

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monalyisha
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My favorite professor in college had a mellifluous voice. He often used “fine” as a descriptor: to refer to a passage or a student‘s careful and attentive interpretation of a text. He meant “fine” as “exquisite.” It was a quirk I loved. When I think about Honeyman‘s work, I hear him describing it as “fine” (though certainly, it wasn‘t as dense as our typical class fare). Eleanor Oliphant is funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful.👇🏻

Cortg I loved this book and Eleanor ❤️ 7mo
monalyisha 1/2: She‘s a character, to be sure: a little over the top, a little unbelievable. As Eleanor herself observes [of Sense & Sensibility], “It all ends happily, which is highly unrealistic, but, I must admit, narratively satisfying.” Still, the emotions she inhabits and elicits are absolutely real. 7mo
monalyisha 2/2: In “A Conversation with Gail Honeyman” she explains, “When loneliness is discussed, it‘s often in the context of the elderly, but I began to think about how it might manifest in younger people.” This is so poignant & so important, & Eleanor is a complex vessel for exploring these ideas (as we all are). A trifle sentimental, but I like that in a novel, sometimes. I couldn‘t put this one down. TW: abuse, self-harm. #NYWD22 @TheKidUpstairs 7mo
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BookBosomed1 I love this book. 7mo
BkClubCare Great review. 7mo
monalyisha Thanks, @BkClubCare! And me too, @BookBosomed1 & @Cortg 🧡 7mo
TheKidUpstairs This one I read off of @sprainedbrain 's #NewYearWhoDis list last year. I expected light and quirky, but was entranced by the emotional pull of Eleanor and her story 7mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I didn‘t anticipate her deep history of pain, either. There was one unexpected revelation that I didn‘t even know to expect or unexpect! A layered story. 💞 As far as the loneliness aspect goes, there was one Litten who put the Olivia Laing book, quoted in the epigraph to this one, on her #NYWD22 list. I recognized the title straight-off. I might have to pick it up! 7mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I also may have mentioned that my book club read this a few years ago & I skipped that month. I was glad to finally have an excuse to read it myself. Good for our collective, shared knowledge. 📚 7mo
marleed I‘m still waiting for the opportunity to use mellifluous in a conversation! It‘s such a great word! 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 7mo
monalyisha @sprainedbrain @TheKidUpstairs I‘m happy I got to read this domino read from you, Jenni! I always think about matching myself with you — & then don‘t because of your especial penchant for historical fiction (which there‘s never enough of on my list to satisfy you 😅). So, it‘s nice that I‘m sort-of reading your list by proxy. 😆 7mo
BiblioLitten My mom uses ‘fine‘ as a descriptor too (not sure if it‘s in a mellifluous voice though😋). 7mo
sprainedbrain @TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I just love a domino book, and I‘m so glad you both loved it. I still think about Eleanor. ❤️ 7mo
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monalyisha
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“There is no such thing as hell, of course, but if there was, then the sound track to the screaming, the pitchfork action and the infernal wailing of damned souls would be a looped medley of “show tunes” drawn from the annals of musical theater.”*

YES, ELEANOR. 🙌🏻💯

*Pictured: Exempt.

TheKidUpstairs Day Man! (Ah-ah-ah) Fighter of the Night Man! (Ah-ah-ah) Champion of the Sun! 7mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs It‘s just so catchy! 😂🌞🌚 7mo
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TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I just rewatched that episode the other day... and now the song is back stuck in my head 🤣🤣 7mo
Johanna414 Welp, I'm going to be signing this all day now... 7mo
sarahbellum My boyfriend and I randomly sing this to each other as a call and response while going about our day 😂 7mo
monalyisha @sarahbellum My husband & I definitely bust it out from time to time, too. Once you know it, how can you not? 😆 7mo
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monalyisha
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“Animals, birds, and insects can provide such useful insights. If I‘m ever unsure as to the correct course of action, I‘ll think, “What would a ferret do?” or, “How would a salamander respond to this situation?” Invariably, I find the right answer.”

#NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis @TheKidUpstairs

monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs “What would a ferret do?” made me laugh out loud. #WWAFD? #WWFD? 😆 7mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I think I‘d keep the article. You know, it‘s a real Thinker. 🤔 7mo
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ElizaMarie
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#April2021

Totally get why people have a “problem“ with this one. It was heavier than what I thought I was getting into, but I really did enjoy it! I gently recommend it to others.

#12BooksOf2021

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Ahw06
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Hands down, my #worstof21 is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. It really needed to come with a trigger warning.

Thanks for the tag @MaleficentBookDragon

megnews Oh wow. I‘ve contemplated reading this. What‘s the TW? 7mo
Crazeedi I really liked it, but I can see how it wouldn't be right for some. @megnews 7mo
Ahw06 @megnews child abuse, mental illness and domestic violence 7mo
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Ahw06 @Crazeedi I think if any of the highly rated reviews I read, or even the library description, had a TW I wouldn‘t have felt so strongly about not liking it. It was really not at all what I expected but I could see how someone could like it. Definitely not the book I was expecting 7mo
Crazeedi @Ahw06 I definitely understand that! I didnt pay attention to the blurbs about it. That's a shame because some people need to know that 7mo
Ahw06 @Crazeedi totally agree but I‘m glad you liked it. That‘s the best thing about books, there‘s something for everyone and everyone takes things differently 😊 7mo
Crazeedi @Ahw06 yes!!! 7mo
megnews @Ahw06 oh yes, I‘d want to know that too. 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon I loved this book but I understand why others would not. 7mo
Ahw06 @MaleficentBookDragon it‘s a popular one for sure, I just expected something a tiny bit lighter 7mo
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Cupcake12
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#12booksof2021
March Pick

Andrew65 A great book. 7mo
Scochrane26 I loved Eleanor, read it in 2020. 7mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#12Booksof2021 #1stBook #January

My favourite read of January 2021 came from @sprainedbrain's #NewYearWhoDis list. Witty and packed with unexpected emotions, I just loved Eleanor and her story.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 I loved this book. 7mo
youneverarrived Brilliant book 🧡 7mo
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LitStephanie
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This is the best book I have read in a couple of years. Eleanor is a lonely, depressed young woman who doesn't know she is lonely until she finally makes a friend. She is hilariously socially awkward due to terrible events in her childhood, but there is no self pity, and the violence in her past is neither gratuitous nor dwelt on. I love that this book is about the transformative power of friendship, not romantic love. It only takes one person ⬇️

LitStephanie to really see her and like her despite her faults to open up her mind to possibilities. Some people will always be rude to misfits, but Eleanor learns that she has something to offer in relationships with other people. A very funny book that gets more serious as she deals with repressed trauma in the last fourth of the book. 9mo
IuliaC Great review! I liked this novel very much 👍 9mo
LitStephanie @IuliaC thanks! 9mo
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LitStephanie

"I had no idea how to respond, and opted for a smile, which serves me well on most occasions (not if it's something to do with death or illness, though--I know that now)." This book keeps making me laugh. I have not laughed so much at a book about someone who has endured serious trauma since reading Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. It is wonderful and witty!

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LitStephanie

"My phone doesn't ring often--it makes me jump when it does--and it's usually people asking if I've been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper I know where you live to them, and hang up the phone very, very gently." Just started this book but it looks funny! ?

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Book 237/2021. Finished 5/10/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eleanor Oliphant is completely boring and underwhelming....sorry

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PoodleMama99
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Excellent. Stays with you a very long time.

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 11mo
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Mehso-so

unpopular opinion ! I dint like the book. It was not at all funny for me. Tragic & disturbing. I couldn‘t understand the MC. Not for me I guess.

#bookspinbingo

SamAnne I didn‘t like this one as much as other people as well. (edited) 11mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @SamAnne oh is it ! That‘s good to know ☺️ 11mo
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Mehso-so

While a lot of readers speak highly about this book, I really don't understand the hype for this rather clichéd, superficial, unrealistic book.

SamAnne While I have it a thumbs up here, I also did not love it like others do. I enjoyed it though 12mo
vlwelser I'm with you on this one for sure. 12mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @SamAnne It is an entertaining read, but I have a big problem with glamorization. And it honestly pains me to see the huge demand and liking for fake/unrealistic novels that look like self-help/motivational/inspirational books in disguise... This book is like a Hallmark movie. It is a good book in that category. 12mo
SamAnne @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader spot on assessment. 12mo
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Eggs
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Even though she longs to have connections with others; dear, quirky Eleanor is haunted by her secrets and #memories #conflictedworlds @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔🔥🙁 (edited) 12mo
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