Normal People

Normal People

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Connell Waldron is one of the most popular boys in his small-town high school--he is a star of the football team, an excellent student, and never wanting for attention from girls. The one thing he doesn't have is money. Marianne Sheridan, a classmate of Connell's, has the opposite problem. Marianne is plain-looking, odd, and stubborn, and while her family is well-off, she has no friends to speak of. There is, however, a deep and undeniable connection between the two teenagers, one that develops into a secret relationship. Everything changes when both Connell and Marianne are accepted to Trinity College. Suddenly Marianne is well-liked and elegant, holding court with her intellectual friends while Connell hangs at the sidelines, not quite as fluent in language of the elite. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle each other, falling in and out of romance but never straying far from where they started. And as Marianne experiments with an increasingly dangerous string of boyfriends, Connell must decide how far he is willing to go to save his oldest friend. Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a novel that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the inescapable challenges of family and friendships. Normal people is a book that you will read in one sitting, and then immediately share with your friends."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735276475
0735276471
Branch Call Number: FIC ROONE
Characteristics: 273 pages

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OPL_BethS Jun 13, 2019

Many might find the two main characters self-absorbed, but overall, I was intrigued by their flawed and brooding awkwardness as they navigated friendships, family, and love interests throughout their teens and early twenties.

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trickbag22
Jun 09, 2019

Honestly, I didn’t like this book very much. It is a commentary on who is normal. Is anyone? Are we all just acting as a mirror of what others expect of us? Unfortunately, I played this game a long time ago with myself until it drove me to the brink of madness and despair. I would not recommend this to any of my friends. Mostly I just wanted to throttle the characters and say “Get over yourself already.”

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ColoReader
May 31, 2019

Terrible writing.

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becker
May 21, 2019

The appeal of this book comes from the well developed characters. We follow a couple throughout the years, starting from when they are in high school. They fall in and out of love and in and out of friendship several times over many years and we go along with them as they grow and change over time. This book has no compelling plot to speak of so if that is important to you, this won't be a good choice. But if character development is your thing, you should put this on hold right now. The characters are so fully formed and flawed and realistic and you will be pulling for them until the end. This is a great book for the right type of reader.

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Exlibris_1
May 06, 2019

A few flashes of glorious observation, but the flattened tone and the wilfully non-aesthetic approach left me confused.

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lukasevansherman
May 05, 2019

The young Irish writer Sally Rooney follows up her celebrated debut novel, "Conversations with Friends," with a story of Connell and Marianne, two millennials who meet in high school, go to college together in Dublin, and have a tumultuous on and off relationship. It's a deceptively simple story and perhaps self-consciously echoes the marriage plot of so many 19th century novels. I think criticisms of the protagonists "likability" or "narcissism" are entirely beside the point. They are complex, difficult people who struggle against the expectations of "normal people." As with "Conversations," Rooney's psychological understanding and insights are impressive. With only two novel, Rooney has become one of my favorite novelists, and I'll read anything she writes.

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Margush
May 04, 2019

Sorry, folks, I didn’t like the book and I didn’t force myself to finish it. I couldn’t engage with the book at all. If the book is aimed at teenagers, it should be marked as such. It’s also weirdly written - sentences are short and abrupt, hence it reeds like a telegram. And yes, it’s boring. Alas, I didn’t enjoy neither the writing style nor the characters.

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Wonderfully
May 04, 2019

The prose is excellent, but readers looking for wide sweeping character arcs or redemption will be disappointed by the book's end.

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cscarba
May 04, 2019

I had a very hard time finishing this book even though it was only 273 pages. It was so boring. I kept pushing myself to finish it because the reviews were good. Should have given up at page 50.

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Lady_Librarian
May 01, 2019

I can understand why this book wouldn't appeal to everyone but I enjoyed reading it. The two main characters, Connell and Marianne, aren't necessarily likable but they do come across as real. I could relate to both of them as they were struggling with growing up and trying to figure out life. I could relate to Connell in being depressed and feeling like my life was going nowhere during college. And I related with Marianne in feeling the need to please other people in relationships even if the end result was unhealthy for me. If I was younger and still in those same situations I might not like this as much but now that I'm older it's an interesting book to read and relate to.

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