Normal People - Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney

  • Release Date: 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Normal People book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 1,525 Ratings)

Normal People Sally Rooney Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars


“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).

NAMED ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly People • The New York Public Library • Slate Harvard Crimson AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, The New York Times • The New York TImes Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • The Washington Post Vogue • Esquire Glamour Elle Marie Claire • VoxThe Paris Review • Good HousekeepingTown & Country • Kirkus Reviews BookPage BookRiot 

“Absolutely engrossing and surprisingly heartbreaking with more depth, subtlety, and insight than any one novel deserves.”—Stephanie Danler

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

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User reviews about this book

  • Complex love story

    By Chanelle_G_7289
    I am giving this book 4 stars because I am a sucker for love story novels. It follows two characters from high school to after college intermixed with politics, social class, etc. sometimes felt a little random when author throws in political references which don’t necessarily have anything to do with the plot which interrupted the flow of the story. But it was an interesting read and would recommend.
  • Normal People

    By Asha belle
    The worst part of this book is that the writer seems to believe that it is a story about deep character development and relationship investigation. When in reality it is a repetitive story of abuse and mental dysfunction. A meaningful use of time might have been a window into the development of self awareness and healing of the two main characters. Sadly this is a pretentious story about the dark world of depression and physical and emotional abuse. Waste of time.
  • Waste of time

    By Dirsten
    I kept waiting for this book to get interesting. I’m still waiting......
  • Normal People

    By beverlyelee
    I find this to be a very interesting book but I also think it took a left turn when she became submissive :actually she was all along but started acting on it with Jamie- I felt unfinished at the end- I wanted more! I liked the two characters and her writing
  • Solidly Average

    By WilkeJD24
    Solidly average read. Liked the premise of it and found it to be thought provoking but found the ending to be lacking.
  • Quick read

    By mcgheek1214
    Loved the 2 characters but the plot got repetitive and then the ending was just disappointing. On another note, how is this book listed under “Need a Laugh” category? Did anyone read it first? Definitely not a book that brings laughter.
  • Incredibly Moving

    By aj.meetsworld
    Normal People by Sally Rooney is an exquisite dive into the dynamics of a romantic relationship. Rooney’s writing is smooth and the plot moves at a fast clip. For anyone who loves social commentary on the complicated lives of contemporary romantics, this is for you.
  • Unique

    By metamush
    I liked this book a lot. The plot isn’t incredibly exciting, yet it was a real pager turner. You care for both the characters and root for them, even when they disappoint you.
  • Absolutely loved this book.

    By Col in ny
    I was so devastated when it ended I kept rereading the last chapters. Highly recommend !
  • An easy read

    By henrycupcake .3.
    Not bad I like it

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