Book Review – Normal People

I am back with a new book review for you all! I kept seeing this book EVERYWHERE and had been contemplating buying it for a while, then I finally gave in. Sadly, I wish I hadn’t though… today’s book is..

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People | Rakuten Kobo

“At 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 two teenagers – one they are determined to conceal.

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 in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn 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 other.

Sally 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 friendship.”

I don’t like to use this word… but I hated this book. I absolutely could not wait to finish it. The thing that bugged me the most, is that there were no talking marks when characters were speaking… this made it SO difficult to read. Did I have a dud copy? I don’t even know. I also feel like it suddenly chopped & changed around from the different characters and locations, which made it hard to get into and follow. I found it really hard to read, but I wanted to finish it so I could write an honest review.

I couldn’t get into this book at all. I am SO glad I am not the only one, as there are many 1-star reviews on Goodreads. That makes me feel a little better. Though I do hate doing negative reviews. I almost quit reading at halfway, but decided to go on, for the blog! What a waste of time that was though…haha.

The main thought that was in my head while reading this was ‘WTF is going on..?’ Such an awful read. I personally would not recommend at all. I don’t have anything positive to say about this one, I’m sorry!

If you’ve read this one, I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts in the comments. I am only a few pages into my new read and am enjoying it 100% more than this one. So hopefully the next book review will be a happy one.

The genres of this one are fiction & contemporary.

About the Author
“Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin, where she graduated from Trinity College. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Dublin Review, The White Review, The Stinging Fly, and the Winter Pages anthology.”

I rate this one a stinky 1/10.

Thanks for reading my review!

Chelsea x


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