Normal People Delves into the Uncertainty of Youth

Feels like the right time to reshare my thoughts on Normal People (the book!) – check it out, give it some love, let me know what you thought!

Normal People | Sally Rooney


Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy by example.

Normal People follows two Irish teenagers, Marianne and Connell, who belong to different worlds. Marianne is the rich, intelligent outcast who no one speaks to and Connell, whose mother cleans Marianne’s home, is the nice, popular boy who has turned out well despite being raised by a single mother. The book begins with a conversation between the pair that leads to a relationship that is many things – one of friendship, one of lust, one of love – and one they keep coming back to.

This is not a book I would normally pick up; it is a contemporary romance wrapped around a bildungsroman and pretty much none of that is my jam. But this was a birthday present and apparently if you literally put a…

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