A Very Quick Review: Normal People

This is my second Sally Rooney novel, reading Conversation with Friends a number of years ago, and I have to say I’m a big fan. I understand the polarizing views surrounding her work, but the way she writes characters entrances me. So human, somehow. Honestly, and maybe this won’t sound like a good thing, but the way she makes a seemingly directionless plot interesting and entertaining is remarkable. My one critique, and I’m sure this will come as no surprise to those of you have read her work, is her lack of quotation marks is somewhat maddening.

The story follows on and off again lovers, Connell and Marianne, as they go from high school opposites to university comrades. Rooney does an exceptional job at exploring the nuances of class, family dynamics, and the complexities of young love.

I gave this one: FOUR STARS

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