Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Normal People

Author: Sally Rooney

Reviewed by : Aoife, Leixlip library


This tells the story of Connell and Marianne, from their secondary school days, right through their time in Trinity College. While in secondary school, Connell is popular and into sports, while Marianne looks in from the outside. In college, their roles are reversed. Marianne is with the popular crowd, while Connell is on the outside.

Both circle around the other. But then Marianne starts to veer into self-destruction, while Connell begins to find meaning elsewhere. They both must discover how far
they will go to save the other.

So this is one of those books with which I have mixed feelings on. I can see why there is a hype about this book, but it is an unusual book. For starters, when they have a conversion the author doesn’t use quotation marks when they say something. Which is the first time that I’ve seen that in a book. I am also not sure I like the characters. Don’t get me wrong, it is an …. interesting book but, I think it was the writing that got me through it and the fact I wanted to know what happened next. It is a book that I am glad I read, but it is one
that I am not going to reread. I think I would recommend it, mainly to see what others think of the book but that’s about it.

Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox in ebook format.

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