Normal People by Sally Rooney

I love all sorts of books which you might be able to tell from my blog overall and the times I very much gush over books and some authors.  I can’t help it; I love books and love stories so much. There is a special place in my reading heart for books about people.  I do agree, lots of books are about people but I mean great books and great stories that are about interesting people who could also be every day people.  Normal People, as the title might suggest, was that for me.  This great love story about two teens that form an unlikely friendship and go from there!

Normal People is about Marianne and Connell, two high school students who couldn’t be more different from each other.  Connell the popular athlete and Marianne, somewhat a loner people don’t understand (but she loves to read).  They form a friendship that they don’t share with their friends for some time but it’s a special one and at times, more than friendly.  They both go to Trinity College to study after high school and their lives stay intertwined – romantically at some points and as friends at others.  It’s a fascinating look at two people who are so connected and can’t always make it work but seem to find their way back to each other.  They date other people at times and miss each other at others.

The story continues into their early adulthood and I found myself hooked on it. Almost in a delightful way, rooting for them to either find each other or decide to not find each other, if you know what I mean.  They aren’t perfect people, no one is, but to me, they were perfect characters in a really interesting story.  This was the first Sally Rooney novel I’ve read but saw it on so many “What To Read Lists” and a love story is always appealing in the summer for some reason! Plus, it takes place in Ireland, which I always find fascinating (bucket list).  It is a love story but it’s so much more than that and I really enjoyed Rooney’s writing.  I won’t say more than that, as I want you to be able to discover it.  I’m so glad I picked it up and I have a feeling I’ll find my way back to it some day when I’m not reading to dive into my TBR pile despite always having a few books unread on my shelf.

If you like great stories about people, check out Normal People!  I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.


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