Review: Sally Rooney – Normal People

Posted February 20, 2020 by Laurie in Reviews / 0 Comments

Another mini-review, I just have little energy and less to say. This book was really hyped, but could I enjoy the hype?

Review: Sally Rooney – Normal PeopleNormal people by Sally Rooney
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 266
Genres: General Fiction, Literatuur
Published by Faber & Faber on August 28, 2018
ISBN: 9780571334643

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping 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 in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, 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.

It was okay, but not worth the hype. I wanted to keep reading, but can’t remember much.


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