Normal People

Normal People Summary

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “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).

TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson

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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 people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And 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.

Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
Praise for Normal People
“[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”The Washington Post

“Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”The New Yorker

Book Reviews


Wonderful5 star

This was wonderful. I love how deftly Ms. Rooney weaves back and forth between perspectives, how beautifully the story plays out over time, and the honest and authentic the characters feel.55

sua from san diego

This quote🥴5 star

“I’m not a religious person, but sometimes I think god made you for me”.55

Brisk branch

Break my heart again4 star

Heartbreaking but worth the emotional turmoil45


Not my favorite2 star

It was kind of hard for me to get through this one. Also the fact that the dialogue is written without quotes makes me crazy. I’ll be curious to watch the Hulu series after reading.25


Worst Ending Ever3 star

I loved this book and was totally invested in the characters. I read the last page not realizing it was the last page because there was so much still to be resolved. I turned the page to read the next chapter, but instead it was the Acknowledgments. Talk about a letdown.35


Raw5 star

Realistic in the sense of how woman can lost in their sexuality. Being an object and not having a real connection with most. Almost drifting through a relationship to the next. Trying to find that feeling you once had. Not sure if it’s you or them. Is love possible again? What does love mean? I wanted there to be a second sappy series but it’s okay not to get closure. It’s realistic and I love that!55

renee emory

I was left frustrated3 star

I read this in 2 days so yes I was drawn in and obsessed. I related to everything, the writing was beautifully done and I loved the characters. And everything was ruined at the very last page. Truly heartbreaking, yes. But not the way you’d want a book heartbreak.. maybe I just love happy endings :/35


Gutted3 star

This book has left me feeling empty, frustrated, and cheated. Rooney drew me in, had me crying in frustration for Marianne and Connell, and left me that way. I reached the end of the book and thought I must be missing pages..whole chapters even! I didn’t realize I would be left gutted without an ounce of hope.35


I get what it’s trying to do3 star

The book explores relationships in the form of the two main characters. It is well written and the dynamic between the two main characters makes the book work. However at times these same characters that are supposed to keep your interest act annoying and stupidly. So much for two characters that are supposed to be Uber intelligent. Regardless the book is serviceable it is well written and and easy page turner but could’ve used some character polish and more emphasis on its central theme of relationships.35


Great read5 star

Good book, enjoyed it very much55

Other Books by Sally Rooney

Beautiful World, Where Are You


Beautiful World, Where Are You
3.5     390
Conversations with Friends


Conversations with Friends
4     1076
Six Shorts 2017


Six Shorts 2017
3.5     22

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