Normal People - Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney

  • Release Date: 2018-08-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 535 Ratings


THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BBC ONE DRAMA ADAPTATION CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018 WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In 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. Normal People is a 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 they can't. SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019 LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019


  • Misrepresented and disappointing

    By Barnez & Noble
    This book received such major acclaim, but it did not live up to the hype at all. The main characters, relationship was disturbing and frustrating to read. It felt manufactured. It also normalised violence/ aggression in relationships and intimacy. The book was sold as a love story of 2 people continuing to be drawn to one another - that is not what the book is about- I didn’t see any love between the protagonists. Would not recommend
  • Amazing

    By DTS1970
    A truly astonishing book, beautiful writing, such an intelligent well crafted novel. I’ve read both this and conversations with friends, which I also enjoyed, but this was a level or two better. I truly felt like a knew the protagonists so well by the end of the book that I felt their emotions with every twist and turn of the plot. It’s as good a book as I have read for many years.
  • Not great

    By Cyprus read
    I agree with another . I found this book pretty boring and was disappointed I packed it for a holiday read. It’s like teenage angst personified. Most young ppl are not like this in my view and are pretty certain and decisive! This was a complete waste of my time. Thank god I didn’t buy it!!
  • Not my type of book I think!

    By 7272716-
    Not sure why there are so many rave reviews about this book! The writing is long winded yet simple, confused and muddled storyline. Both characters are infuriating and their problems stem from simply not telling each other how they feel yet the author portrays them as being very close and being able to tell each other everything! Other characters are not developed properly and seem irrelevant yet important to the main characters somehow?! Overall just a disappointing read considering the hype. Maybe I need to read more YA as I couldn’t relate to the characters even though I am under 30 myself!
  • Great read

    By Amaksy
    I got to read this in my bookclub and it was a good pick. Very modern and truly relatable bringing to mind the effects and importance of mental health. Love is good but needs to be healthy. Great living through the months and years of Connell and Marianne though I must admit I was picturing a much different location to Ireland. It’s a page turner but I found the ending a bit rushed although all good things must come to an end....looking forward to reading her other book “conversations with friends”
  • A bit flat

    By Wendydarling89
    Took me ages to get into it and was not the page turner I was hoping for.
  • Okay

    By Sophroxs2
    It never peaked, the feeling of ‘was that it’ when you read the last sentence. Would recommend other reads over this one.
  • Nothing like I’ve ever read before

    By maddyashton
    A completely modern and enthralling book. Loved it so much I rushed out to buy Conversations with Friends. Although ending wasn’t the best
  • Normal People

    By ?RBM
    A beautiful tale of love, respect and growing up. I couldn’t put this book down.