Normal People by Sally Rooney
What is it with all the authors whose names begin with S this month???
Anywho, let’s talk about Normal People. I try not to read other people’s reviews until I’ve read a book so that their judgment doesn’t cloud my own, however I noticed that a lot booksagrammers had very polarized views of this one. There’s the camp that read it in its entirety and loved it, and the camp that politely said “this wasn’t for me” and didn’t finish it. Now that I’ve read Normal People I can say both sides are right.
When I started Normal People, I hated it. The way the story is written, the interesting tale of Connell and Marianne’s on-and-off-again friends-with-benefits situation was uncomfortable to read at times. Several times I wanted to stop reading - but I couldn’t. Something about Rooney’s writing made me want to keep reading. As strange as the story got at times (and as disgusted as I was with the story at times), I still wanted to know how this twisted love story would turn out.
Normal People definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you do decide to pick it up and start reading, my best piece of advice is this: keep going. You’ll probably want to stop reading many times. Don’t. The outcomes are satisfying (not always likeable, but satisfying nonetheless). Despite being such an uncomfortable read at times, there’s still something about Normal People that makes you want to stay. Kudos to Rooney for that.
Huge thank you to NetGalley and Hogarth Publishing for gifting me with an advance review copy of Normal People in exchange for my honest review!
Rating: 4 out of 5
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