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Normal People

By Sally Rooney
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Publisher Description

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).

TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson

AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—The New York TimesThe New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
Praise for Normal People
“[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”The Washington Post

“Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”The New Yorker

3063 Reviews

Expressionless Face“I really did not think i would dislike this book so much since ive heard such good things. For me, the writing style was very different and personally i didnt enjoy it. I didnt like the characters either. I couldnt feel connected to them, especially with all the junpung around. Another thing is the ending, it wss so open ended, and almost like a cliffhanger. I guess it just wasn't the style of book for me.”
UnpredictableRealistic settingComing of ageAbuseSelf-harmViolenceUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Loudly Crying Face“Annual re-read complete, my heart hurts so good”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingHeartbreaking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I really enjoyed this, I can’t tell you why I like it so much. It just feels so real.”
Believable characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Sally Rooney's writing is simply extraordinary! I'm wondering if there's something in Ireland's soil that develops geniuses!! Although the plot of this book is a straightforward love story, Rooney's writing elevates it to a whole new level. I found myself constantly in awe of her talent and there were tons of moments in this book that I thought: Damn! I wish I had written this sentence! Will most definitely devour all of her books.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readOriginal writingRealistic setting
Loudly Crying Face“This is the book that made me fall in love with Sally Rooney. I felt her words everywhere. I related to her characters in ways I wish I hadn’t. I wished for experiences I never had and to feel the type of heartbreaking pain that comes with loving someone as hard as Connell and Marianne. The reality behind their typical, everyday, normal lives made me feel more hopeful about the likelihood of one day feeling happy in my own.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenAddictiveBeautiful settingComing of ageHeartbreaking

About Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesGranta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, she is the author of Conversations with Friends. In 2019, she was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list.

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