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).

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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

Ramsey B.

Great book!5 star

Great all the way through, ending will stick with me.55


2 stars bcs i feel bad2 star

Please don't waste your time. I'm not convinced this many people love this book? Don't even know what the 2 stars im giving is for, probably just because I like the main characters. Other than that this was a total failure I had to force myself to finish it.. From the writing style first, it was giving i want to be creative but not sure how. Nothing interesting at all happens? Mental health is barely mentioned like what's even the point of the story? Why mention the main character's struggling while ignoring the important parts lile abuse? Depression? Talked abt in like 5 pages lol. Characters poorly described too , it's like the writer herself doesn't knw what their personalities are. The ending was so badly written and boring!25


This book touched my heart5 star

The author shows very expertly how hard it is to overcome childhood emotional abuse, even if you have money and seemingly everything else that you can wish for. You will enjoy the book if you feel that most humans are broken but sometimes we can heal.55


😭😭😭😭5 star

I loved it from start to finish. Had some dull moments but I think it still made me love the book more, weirdly. The story is really really relatable- at least for me. I found myself in both characters. The ending is ok, very ambiguous. Still touched and tugged me at the heart strings. Honestly did not want the story to end.55


Sally Rooney does it again5 star

Another book that took my heart and spit it up into pieces. I love her writing. I can understand it isn’t for everyone, but it’s truly my favorite.55


3.5/44 star

Normal People is a surprisingly emotional book. While the writing seems stiff at times what I loved about this book was how I felt while reading. Rooney succeeds at pulling me into the world of the novel and in a relatively short number of pages makes the characters feel very alive. Both of the main characters are deeply flawed and Rooney wastes no time revealing their painful limitations and exploring the effect they have on one another’s lives. It might not be an instant classic, but it’s an interesting story that moves forward at a startling pace. By the time I got to the end of this book I had a feeling the resolution that I was rooting for would not be the ending. I was still almost compelled to read because I just really loved both of these characters despite their flaws.45


No closure at all2 star

I can think of 1000 different ways that story could have gone that would have been more satisfying.25


not worth the money.1 star

absolutely hated the ending. there is literally no closure in any way in this book. so boring.15


Baffled1 star

I cannot understand for the life of me why this book has such great reviews. The only reason I powered through and finished it was because I thought somehow the experience would improve and because frankly I didn’t want the money I paid for it to be a waste. The dialogue was painful, the “he said” “she said” after every single sentence was actually painful to read. For two people who were so raw with each other, if they’re conversations would’ve lasted longer than a few sentences they might not have misconstrued every single thing the other felt and meant. I hate putting a writing down so badly because I know the author is a real person with real feelings but this was truly an awful read.15


Wow4 star

I loved this book, with all my heart. I dont think ive ever relateed to characters more about self identification and trying to find love. The ending pisses me off but still a good read.45

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