ISBN: 1984822187
EAN13: 9781984822185
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.56" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
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NOW AN EMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER - 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).

ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE--Entertainment Weekly

TEN BEST BOKS OF THE YEAR--People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson

AND BEST BOKS OF THE YEAR--The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country

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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   one of my favorite reads
i love this book so much
 
4
   solid literary fiction pick
very unique writing style from one of the most promising current authors. better than conversations with friends, and ties in Rooney’s anti-capitalist views more seamlessly. would recommend for those who are looking for literary fiction recs
 
5
   i love sally rooney
omg there’s not a book of this author i haven’t liked. seriously so good. the writing is beautiful
 
5
   TOP 5
This book was amazing it’s 100% in my top 5 favorite books ever!
 
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   Normal People Review
This book is great, but not for everyone. I loved it! It’s good if you’re the type of person that can appreciate and find the beauty in what could appear to be mundane to some. If you were to ask me what this book is about I would first respond with: “nothing” because it is truly just following the lives of the two main characters who aren’t living under any extreme circumstances. But I would also tell you about the beauty in Marianne and Connell’s intimate connection and how it makes for an amazingly raw story. If you’re an untraditional romantic, this book is for you :)
 
5
   Normal People
I love this book. I have seen the mini series many times. I decided to read it. I read the first three chapters while cooking dinner. It's not a hard read, it's enjoyable. If you like the mini series, you will like the book. As the reader, you have more insight into the aspects of Connell and Marianne that have more depth. Books are usually better than movies. I think they are both equal. I have more to digest. I haven't arrived in Sweden yet. The plan is to not watch the show until I have read all the books and then watch again. I would like to see more of Connell and Marianne. Sally Rooney will give me more.
 
3
   Punctuation Needed
I wanted to read a lot, but the lack of punctuation makes it hard to read. It's hard to follow someone who is saying what without quotes. I know it is the writer's perogative to take "poetic license" but for me it has gone too far. I prefer Page numbers over location numbers when reading on a device. When I read it on my iPad, the page numbers are there but not on the device. It was very strange.
 
3
   Well...
The book was hard to read. It went back and forth too much. I might not have finished the tv series if I hadn't seen it. It was difficult to figure out if it was an observation or an inner thought when someone was talking to another person. It is very confusing. I liked the storyline but felt that it wasn't written in a way that flowed or that it was easy to follow.
 
2
   Shallow or rocky, take your pick
It's awful. The book did not appeal to me. I'm pretty sure that isn't a criterion the author or her writing friends would accept. It has to appeal. I didn't find a lot to be redeemed in the book's character development because of the two main issues: unwanted sex and the disappointment of a sexual relationship having to be one in which someone gets hurt. The book's jejeune qualities are no more likeable now that the author is in her twenties. Yuck.
 
4
   A good millennial read
I was drawn to this story early on. The main criticism of this novel was that the main characters were not very deep and were flat. This is a novel about a guy and a girl coming of age in Ireland through the end of high school and into college, and they are ages 17-22 throughout the book. These people only care about sex and what other people think of them, if you have ever talked to someone this age or remember being this age yourself. Rooney does a great job of capturing the slice of life story of two individuals, because they are both incredibly two-dimensional. It made me realize how dumb I was while also making me nostalgic for that time in my life. The biggest stretch of imagination for this book was an Irish guy going to counseling and talking about his feelings. It is worth the read.
 
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