Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Summary

Gail Honeyman
- 2017
Mental Health
This book is good to read when you feel sad, lonely, tired.

Key Takeaways

  1. Loneliness can be pervasive but isn't permanent; reaching out to others is the first step toward healing.
  2. The power of kindness can have transformative effects on both the giver and receiver.
  3. Mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed of and seeking help is a sign of strength.
  4. Routine and comfort zones can be limiting—it’s often when we push beyond them that we find true happiness.
  5. Friendship and human connection are essential for personal growth and happiness.


The novel introduces Eleanor Oliphant, a socially isolated woman with a routine life that keeps her at a safe distance from the pains of her past. Her life changes when she develops a crush on a musician, which prompts her to confront her deeply ingrained habits and painful memories.

As Eleanor opens up to new experiences, she forms a friendship with Raymond, an IT guy from her office. This relationship becomes the catalyst for significant emotional development and healing.

Through Eleanor’s interactions and budding relationships, Honeyman explores themes of social isolation, the stigma of mental health, and the transformative power of small gestures and kindness.

The story culminates in Eleanor confronting her painful past, which has been haunting her mental and emotional well-being. This confrontation, along with the support of new friends, leads her towards a path of healing and acceptance.

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