Normal People Book Review


Normal People - Sally Rooney

This is one of the best books that I’ve read in a very long time. It’s not often that people can write the mundane well and make it relatable, by Sally Rooney has managed to do just that.

Normal People follows the lives of Connell and Marianne as they navigate through their final year of school, their life at university and how they just can’t stay away from each other. I loved how real these characters were, both flawed in their own unique ways, they were very much ‘normal people’.

Even though I did enjoy reading about both characters, I favoured Marianne because I absolutely despised the way that Connell used her in the beginning of the book. I’m a pretty unforgiving person, and I certainly didn’t forgive him for that. His parts of the novel were a little tainted for me because of this. However, saying that, it didn’t stop me feeling sorry for him when he went through his depression. I really did feel for him and wanted him to get through it. And I actually did quite like him. That’s what was so special about this book, that these characters were so human and so imperfect. They were real people. I could see them being at my university!

Marianne was troubled, very troubled, but I adored her. I loved her artsy energy and the fact that she talks about things more deeper and more meaningful. She’s the kind of person that comes into your life and you never forget. Connell didn’t deserve her, in my opinion. But this book is complicated because you want them to end up together, even though you know that it’s not going to work out, as it has done many times before. Basically, this book plays with your emotions and you can’t decide how you feel about them or their relationship.

If you’re someone who likes to read books that are plot driven, then this really isn’t the book for you because nothing big or extraordinary happens. It follows normal people and their normal lives. This book is character driven and they are done so well. This book also has a lot of sex in which I wasn’t really expecting, so if that’s something that bothers you, I’d also stay away from this one.

Overall, I think this is an incredible book. The characters felt so, so real to me and I was completely invested in their normal lives, wanting them to succeed and be happy even if it wasn’t with each other. If you’re looking for a really quick read where you can get lost in the characters, then I highly recommend you pick this one up.

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