Sixth Form Book Club

‘Sixth Form Book Club’ was launched at the start of this year as one of our Enrichment options on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Wilson and eight Year 12 students have really enjoyed reading the first book (recommended by Miss Grey). Here are a few of their reviews to whet your appetite. Who knows, after reading them you may decide to put it on your Christmas wish list or buy a copy for a friend!

This from Helen Kennaugh:

“‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is both an emotional and heart-warming book that leaves the reader with a new perspective on the significance of selfless actions. With beautiful writing, Gail Honeyman captures the importance of helping others and the positive impact that seemingly small actions can have. Following the life of Eleanor after a difficult childhood, it highlights the loneliness that some people struggle with and the duty of others to help. Honeyman fleshes out the characters, allowing readers to become attached to them and their development. An ambiguous ending shows the uncertainty of the future yet also hope for happiness and growth. It is a worthwhile read that has a thought provoking impact on the reader. A fantastic style of writing alongside a unique storyline make it a very enjoyable book.”

Erica Morris and Grace Byrne had this to say:

“‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is, overall, a book about an extraordinary person who battles and overcomes great hardships from her life as a young child; her road to recovery is the main theme of the book. Eleanor as a character is unique and far from ordinary which is what makes the book such a pleasure to read. Some of the ways she reacts and goes about life are, at times, humorous and a stark contrast to the dark turn the story takes towards the end. We would say Raymond is our favourite character due to his kindness without expecting anything in return. We think he is Eleanor’s first genuine friend and their relationship flourishes into a great friendship. By the end, we were happy Eleanor was making a recovery and doing so with a real friend by her side. We were desperate for Eleanor and Raymond to get together romantically but we’re not going to give the ending away here, you’ll have to read the book to find out for yourself!”

Luke Patton’s thoughts:

“The novel had excellent characters who developed well over the course of the story. My personal favourite was Raymond. The dynamic between Raymond and Eleanor was very comedic at times but also very touching. Raymond is a kind soul who cares for others. He accepts Eleanor for who she is and is her only real friend. The protagonist, Eleanor, is an incredibly interesting character and you cannot help but enjoy the commentary she gives on her daily experiences which can be incredibly funny. There is a brilliant twist at the end of the story. I would definitely recommend this book as it is a delight to read and gripping.”

Joe Atkinson’s review:

“‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is a book by Gail Honeyman. The book follows our protagonist and namesake, Eleanor Oliphant. She is a mysterious woman scarred by her mysterious past. Eleanor isn’t like most people. She lives a very isolated and self-sufficient life. The only person she has to look after is herself and that’s the way she likes it. Her troubled past was filled with twists and turns that have created the person she is today. Throughout the book we meet a colourful cast of characters. It is a great book which I would highly recommend to anyone ages 16+ (as there are some adult themes and inappropriate language). It is a solid 8/10 due to the varied and interesting characters, fascinating plot lines and, of course, the very funny Eleanor.”

And finally from Matt Cunliffe:

“‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is one of the most interesting and compelling books that I have read in the last few years. Every character (aside from Eleanor’s mother of course) is instantaneously lovable and unique, and I fail to see how anybody who reads this book could not grow to adore the characters in it, Eleanor herself especially so. We, as the reader, follow Eleanor throughout her struggles to integrate into society and watch her gradually overcome all of them with the help of the people she meets. It is a very open-ended book with many different possible interpretations as to why Eleanor is the way she is. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a book too but significantly optimistic. It makes you very aware of some of the difficulties and traumas people have to face and live with and some people, like Eleanor, just need a helping hand sometimes. I would absolutely recommend this book; it’s definitely not a story you’ll forget.”