Normal People - Sally Rooney Review ★★★☆☆

Great for: Reliving awkward youths and rainy day reads

Normal People is a quite a lonely love story, exploring a relationship defined by missed opportunities through a lack of communication. It’s a mixed bag of dark humour and harrowing events that will keep you engaged and a bit upset.

Coming to this book recommended by a friend, it appeared to be a template YA romance of a popular jock and social pariah without much more to it. Though I was compelled to carry on through there were moments I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed it. Although it has been received well by critics I don’t think it is for everyone.

Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything.’

Your concern for the Connell and Marrianne can sometimes be stressful and often overshadows the other story elements. The book touches upon self-worth, submission and power, privilege and wealth beautifully but you can also become consumed by the will-they-won’t-they and miss the point.

Normal People is definitely worth the read but be prepared that it might not be your cup of tea.

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