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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 • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • “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).
 
“[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”—The Washington Post

ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE

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

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.
 
WINNER: The British Book Award, The Costa Book Award, The An Post Irish Novel of the Year, Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

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

15441 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedRealistic settingHeartbreakingRomanticAbuse
Slightly Smiling Face“I had high (maybe unfair) expectations of this. A genre I’m not well-versed in but still I enjoyed it for what it is. Very easy read and may be one I revisit.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readComing of ageRomantic
Loudly Crying Face“This was a pretty good book - Rooney’s realistic portrayal of human emotions, youth, and love really carries the entire novel. However, in between these brilliant moments lies some problems - one was the author’s refusal to use quotations which detracted from the book a bit and served as a mild distraction. Another slight problem I had with this book was the filler - there are some parts where nothing was really happening at all, though I can mostly excuse this - it seems Rooney intended Normal People to be read not as a novel but almost as if you’re in the room with Connell and Marianne. But alas, it is a novel, so it would have been nice to have something a bit more substantial in between the more dramatic events. Overall, I really enjoyed this and finished it quite quickly. I found myself relating a great deal to Connell, so naturally this book was very introspective and will certainly be one I return to in the future.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingComing of ageThought-provokingAbuse

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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