Book Alert: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Release Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Hogarth / Crown Publishing
Photo and Summary taken from Amazon

You ever find a cover that you instantly fall in love with? The moment I saw Normal People by Sally Rooney, I knew I had to read it.

I do want to start reading more fiction books. Throw some in between my thriller books. Just to open my horizon to more stories.

Has anyone read Sally’s previous book, Conversations with Friends? I heard it’s good. I’ll pick that one up since Normal People doesn’t come out until April 2019.

Book Summary:

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

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.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

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7 thoughts on “Book Alert: Normal People by Sally Rooney”

  1. Also, I’ve read Conversations with Friends & it’s better imo. They’re kinda similar tbf. You could say Conversations is basically Normal People but written only from Marianne’s perspective. I think that’s nicer because it gives you more space to speculate about what the other person really thinks. But maybe you’d rather hear both sides of the story & not have to guess. But yeah, definitely recommend if you’re into unreliable narrative /generally more ambivalent stuff.

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  2. I’ve read Conversations with Friends & I have think it’s BETTER than Normal People! They’re kinda similar actually. In a way you could say that Conversations is basically Normal People but told only from Marianne’s perspective. I feel like this leaves you more space to speculate about what the other character really thinks, which I like more. But maybe you’d rather hear both sides of the story, in which case Normal People would be much better for you. But yeah, if you’re into unreliable narratives /ambivalent storytelling I think you’d enjoy Conversations waay more

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