Conversations with Friends Review
I really struggled to put it down
Sally Rooney sure does have a knack for creating really annoying characters, but ones you can’t help but be invested in.
It’s for this reason that Sally Rooney is one of my favourite writers. She has an incredible ability to create very real, flawed characters. She creates normal people (shameless pun) and manages to make quite normal situations so compelling that you’re unable to put the book down.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but Conversations with Friends definitely surpassed what I thought it was going to be. It’s much more engaging than the blurb makes it out to be.
Conversations with Friends is about best friends and ex-girlfriends Frances and Bobbi and the married couple Melissa and Nick. And no one is ever really happy in this book. And they’re all quite annoying in their own special ways, but I enjoyed reading about them nonetheless. The story is told from Frances’ perspective, and I actually saw a lot of myself in her, as I strangely do with Sally Rooney’s characters. I did find myself yelling at her and her decisions in my head, though. And telling her over and over again to stay away from Nick. Who definitely isn’t as interesting as Frances thinks he is. You can do better, girl.
I really did enjoy this book though. It’s an effortless read and one that I really struggled to put down. I was so sucked into their world that when I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book and once I finished it, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. These are the types of characters that leave a mark on you.
If I had to compare it to Normal People, I would say that Normal People is slightly better because I liked those characters a bit more. But Conversations with Friends is definitely still worth a read.