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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereAt 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. No one can be independent of other people completely so why not give up the attempt she thought go running in the other direction depend on people for everything allow them to depend on you why not This is going to be a polarizing book I mean I think I liked it And I say liked it in the sense that it made me very miserable It is a uiet character study almost a YA novel but not uite and it is a profoundly lonely and depressing love storyI didn t begin by liking it Normal People follows two characters Marianne and Connell through adolescence and into early adulthood and they begin by being the kind of uber precocious teenagers who read Proust and Marx for fun It took a while for me to settle into their story My initial impression was that this was going to be some kind of John Green for adults which is not something that floats my particular boatWithout fully realizing it though this book had crept uietly under my skin The relationship between Marianne and Connell is angsty sure but it felt painfully real They are so flawed marred by unlikable characteristics and yet I could not stop caring about them Not for the first time Marianne thinks cruelty does not only hurt the victim but the perpetrator also and maybe deeply and permanently You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget The story is really just about the two of them and their relationship In high school Marianne is a smart and wealthy girl but is socially ostracized and emotionally abused at home whereas Connell is working class but very popular Connell s mum works as a cleaner for Marianne s family They begin a secret sexual relationship that falls apart when Connell fears his friends will find out The compelling dynamic between them drives the story issues of class and social status cause much conflictIn college the two meet again This time Marianne is popular and Connell is feeling increasingly depressed The two of them lean on each other time and again as they move through a social world filled with social expectations There s a bit of a When Harry Met Sally vibe except that this book is soul destroying Nothing had meant to Rob than the approval of others to be thought well of to be a person of status He would have betrayed any confidence any kindness for the promise of social acceptance There s clear criticism of our constant need to impress and perform for others in a world that grows ever connected Much of the tragedy that befalls Marianne and Connell is caused by other people peer pressure and social expectations It is very sad to think that someone might give up who they love the most because they can t deal with how it makes them look to othersThe pair s inability to adeuately communicate is frustrating but feels realistic I was on the verge of tearing my hair out at all the things left unsaid in this book but I think it was a good kind of frustration The kind that comes from caring too much I feel like there are any number of reasons I could have hated Normal People but I didn t I actually kinda loved it It s a weird awkward depressing novel about a connection formed between two very different people who find exactly what they need and perhaps a lot that they don t in each other CW sexual assault domestic abuse drug use casual racism called out depression anxiety suicide suicidal ideationBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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Normal People

N 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 otherSally 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 friendsh. I picked up my cup of coffee and took a large gulp swishing the liuid around in my mouth a little before swallowing Two stars I think I touched my hand to my face and rubbed my nose I clicked the two star rating I closed my eyes and nodded breathing out slowly Yes two stars

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Two teenagers one they are determined to concealA 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 draw. Whoa guys I just finished Normal man I just I don t know what am I what am I uh missing This uh this this wasn t good Not good at all I m so confused This is um this is this book is everywhere right now being highly praised and all that Websites I trust are telling me this is this is one of the best one of the best books of the year so far But guys wow I ve never felt disconnected from a story I couldn t care less about either one of these characters and I definitely didn t care about anyone else in the book because man I don t think the author cared either This whole thing just felt lifeless to me like it wanted to be something huge and it sure is being pushed like it is but there is really nothing about this book I found redeeming I hung around until the end thinking something would resolve or the story would progress somehow but it just kind of fizzles out and it s done I wish it would have at least ended with an apology for taking up too much space in the crowded book world Seriously the whole back and forth of I love you let s have sex do whatever you want we re different I can t tell anyone about you I love you I m seeing someone else I m so sad life is hard being 20 is tough that is basically the book It just kind of bounces around those themes over and over again There s nothing in the book to make me care if these kids are in love or not and it really feels like this should be a YA novel but it pushed the characters ages up just a bit to say Nope no no no adults here We have adults coming through This is Adult Fiction folks It reads like Twilight without the vampires but someone give this bad boy a Man Booker prize Adult book here ladies and gentlemen Don t get it twisted I don t get it I didn t connect with this at all and I would recommend steering clear of this one and moving on to something else on your list As my old librarian used to say So little books so little time He s the only person who has ever said that I think he trademarked it He s right Skip this


10 thoughts on “Normal People

  1. says:

    No one can be independent of other people completely so why not give up the attempt she thought go running in the other direction depend on people for everything allow them to depend on you why not This is going to be a p

  2. says:

    Sally Rooney is the real deal Normal People has been lavished with praise from critics longlisted for the Man Booker prize and adapted for tele

  3. says:

    On the second page of Sally Rooney’s universally acclaimed Booker longlisted novel is the following paragraph‘He puts his hands in his pockets and suppresses an irritable sigh but suppresses it with an audible intake of breath so that it

  4. says:

    I am not sure how to write this review because I seem to be so far beyond the pale on my antipathy to this book I

  5. says:

    Whoa guys I just finished Normal man I just I don’t know what am I what am I uh missing? This uh this this wasn’t good

  6. says:

    Man booker prize long list nominee and Costa book awards nominee This is a book that has many admirers and sadly it didn't work for me and while I would love to agree with all the judges on this one I only struggled to the end because it was a bookclub read It is difficult to go against the grain on a book that is nominated for so many awa

  7. says:

    I picked up my cup of coffee and took a large gulp swishing the liuid around in my mouth a little before swallow

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    ★★✰✰✰ 2 grungy starsIf you believe that characters who dislike themselves shrug a lot and say I don't know 247 are very deep and realistic well this may be the perfect read for you Or if you enjoy readi

  9. says:

    wow one of the most frustrating but humanising books i have read in a long time for sure i feel so exhausted after reading t

  10. says:

    Goddamit Sally Rooney and now I'm crying