Review: Normal People

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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (Hogarth Books).

I was so excited to read this book because Sally Rooney’s other book, Conversations with Friends, is one of my all time favorite books. Because of that, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, this book didn’t quite live up to them. 

There were a lot of things that I did like about this book. One being that I loved the writing style. It’s very beautiful in an understated way. I also have no issues whatsoever with the no quotation mark format that Rooney utilizes. I think it fits in well with her style.

I also loved how the story delves deep into the characters and the psychology of Marianne and Connell’s relationship. It felt very intimate. 

Additionally, there were some passages that I really loved. On pages 71-72, I loved the paragraph describing Connell’s love of literature. Then on page 100-101, I loved the paragraph about Marianne and Connell’s discussions after sex. These two paragraphs are just some of the many examples of the beauty of her writing. 

On the flip side, what I didn’t like was that the story wasn’t that interesting. In Conversations with Friends, I loved the premise and things actually happened. In this book, there was just a lot of going back and forth between the characters. They would get together, then they would split, then they would get back together. It just didn’t interest me as much. I also wasn’t satisfied by the ending. It fell flat for me.  

Overall, this book didn’t live up to my expectations, but don’t let that stop you from reading it for yourself. 

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3 thoughts on “Review: Normal People

  1. dinipandareads says:

    Great review! I actually felt opposite to you about CwF and NP. When I read CwF last year, I found strongly disliking the book that I didn’t think I’d read another Rooney 😅 But I couldn’t stop myself from picking up NP when it received all the hype, and I’m so glad I did because I loved it. I think the main difference for me were the characters — I enjoyed and identified with Marianne and Connell so much more than I did Frances! Wonder what her next book will be like 🙂

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    • oddandbookish says:

      That’s so funny. I was the exact opposite. I related more with Frances than I did Marianne. Although I will admit I did relate quite a bit to Connell.

      I’m also curious to see what her next book will be. She has a very interesting point of view.


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