Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Overrated

Amanda Bussman
3 min readMar 23, 2024
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine couldn’t have a more perfect title.

The book by Gail Honeyman is exactly that. It’s a fine book. There is nothing particularly spectacular about the novel. Let’s get that out of the way before we dig into it. It was not the most memorable book that will be read in 2024, it is also not the worst book.

It is, simply stated, a fine book.

Our story begins with the audience getting to know this very awkward 30-old who seems to not have many friends. She is hyper-critical of those around her. Her behavior is very odd.

Yet there is something behind Eleanor that feels both off and slightly sinister.

What I Expected

Going into this novel with nothing other than a note from a friend saying “It gets dark,” I expected a bizarre adventure.

You see, Eleanor begins this one-sided romance with a musician.

While I won’t say exactly where that goes, I will say that I’d expected a lot more to come from that.

Eleanor seemed as if she had the means to make her obsession something more akin to the likes of Joe from You.

If that is the type of novel you’re looking for, that’s not this.



Amanda Bussman

If you're looking for a writing coach and someone who is working through generational trauma, you've come to the right place. OH! I hope you like Taylor Swift!