Book Review: Normal People

Book Reviews

by Sally Rooney

5 out of 5 stars

I seem to be giving lots of 5 out of 5 stars out for books I read. Maybe I'm good at choosing my books I don't know. But yet again I've found another author I love and will be reading more of. My book obsession is gradually going to bankrupt me for sure.

Anyway to the review of this wonderful book. Obviously I loved it. Normal People tells the story of Connell and Marianne. First they pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well adjusted while she is awkward, lonely and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne's house, an indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal. As life follows them onwards to Trinity college, Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Marianne and Connell's lives circle one another, but always magnetically they are drawn back together.

So what did I love so much about a book about rather normal people? Quite frankly I loved all of it. I loved its characters Connell and Marianne, I loved the story of two people discovering life and love for the first time, but most of all I loved how its wonderful simple storyline just ambled along. I'm sure most people will identify with something from Connell and Marianne's lives- the intricacies of social standing and class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship. It is just as the title suggests a story of normal people with normal lives. Nothing to see here you might think. In fact quite the opposite. It is awash with all the complexities that make up this wonderful thing we call life.

It's won lots of awards. It deserves to. Go read it.


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