Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

eleanor oliphant is completely fine by gail honeyman

liteary fiction, 352 PP

When I started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on Audible, read with a British accent (book is set in Glasgow, Scotland), I feared it would be a re-hash of Bridget Jones which I did not enjoy as a whiny, unlikeable character. As the book unfolded, Ms. Honeyman gave us a character that you want to reach out and hug tight. Eleanor is not completely fine, even though she tells us repeatedly she is, which is of course the irony of the book. She is a deeply damaged soul and loner who makes you laugh without her having any intention of wanting to make you laugh. The Mommy Dearest character is pure evil. The voiceover in the Audible version sends chills down your spine. I’m sure if I had read the words, it would have been the same. I also consider this a writing research book for Honeyman’s expertise in character development.

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