Normal People - Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney

  • Release Date: 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,389 Ratings


NOW A 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).

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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


  • Good Read

    By Necie South
    It was a good read. I enjoyed the book. It kept me anticipating something around the corner. I felt like some big secret was still hidden, but never revealed.
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  • the ending is a bit upsetting

    By AneeshaSartorius
    i finished the book in just two days i couldn’t put it down i enjoyed it much more than the show! just i would’ve expected the ending to be a bit more reassuring if you know what i mean. i like the book more in all just i enjoyed the ending in the tv series more. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE A SEASON 2
  • Totally Enrapturing, but Disappointing End

    By heartisanite
    I have to give Rooney credit in that I read this all in one sitting and couldn’t put it down for a second. The way she writes the main characters makes you feel as though you’re learning some secret gossip about the popular kids at your school, and it is addicting the whole way through. My problem is that the ending of the book feels without conclusion. It almost seems like Marianne and Connell’s story concludes years and years down the line, leading us to some greater lesson about love and friendship that happens long after the last page. Perhaps the author wanted us to fill in the conclusion ourselves, or perhaps that is just the way intensely passionate relationships end sometimes, but either way, it’s unsatisfying.
  • Hard to put down

    By DansReadingBooks
    Not one for love stories but this one showed the complexities that come with an relationship
  • Couldn’t Put It Down!

    By 56696767
    Accurate portrayal of young people in contemporary society and the affects romantic relationships can have. Characters so realistic you can completely understand their thought processes and feelings. Instant classic!
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  • Absolutely beautiful

    By tiffea
    This novel sent me through a whirlwind of emotions. It was all such a roller coaster, but the author ties everything together so beautifully. I love how real it all is
  • The impossible yet predictable ending

    By Y-D-K-M;/
    This book was so incredibly perfect. With all the romantic novels, this one just left me speechless. I got to hate and love the characters so many times that I thought the ending was just such a love gesture.
  • Vile: the only word to describe this book.

    By mbh139
    I cannot fathom that any human being would enjoy this book after the ending. Credit where credit is due, the writing draws you in and leaves you breathless and has filled me with so many emotions that I have to acknowledge is widely accepted as “successful writing”, but the number one emotion I feel is rage. The ending leaves the reader here with no possibility otherwise: Within the next three years of her life, Marianne will either kill herself or be strangled to death by a man in the bedroom with little or no objection from herself. Connell, will continue to become yet another man in her life who emotionally uses and abuses Marianne until her said death, where he will then kill himself as a reaction. This was a perverse hijacking of mental health issues to write a book. Normal People was written by Sally Rooney to see how deeply down the chasm of abuse, despair, self loathing, and hopelessness she could exploit two characters to sell books. It is repulsive. Do not read it.