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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

2904 Reviews

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
Red Angry Face“i don’t think i can ever fully explain how much i appreciate this book .. what i feel for it is beyond just love .. it’s not a happy story .. so why do i feel this way about a book that does not make the reader happy ? It’s a question i ask myself too . Two young people caught between love, hurt, family, society….but in the end they are just normal people who are struggling, and for some reason in the end they always turn up for each other and be there for each other .”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic settingComing of ageAbuse
Expressionless Face“Meh”
Believable charactersRealistic setting
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This is a romance and coming of age story that I think is ubiquitously relatable for young adults in today’s society. I like how Rooney portrays the characters as sharing something so special without it feeling unrealistic or unattainable.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of ageRomanticAbuse

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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