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Normal People

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/05/2019
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Normal People
A Millenial Classic
A story about a millennial boy-girl relationship like no other; Rooney has you rooting for young love in this up to date love story.
Olena Pfirsch
Normal People
Exceptional
I was shocked by how much I loved this book, I picked it up one Sunday afternoon and didn’t stop reading until I finished it at 1am. I saw so much of mysel... READ MORE
Autumn Spayne
Normal People
You will be rooting for these characters
Having enjoyed Rooney’s Conversations With Friends, I had high expectations of this one - and she managed to exceed my expectations. I found myself rooting... READ MORE
Angela Silverburn
Normal People
Get Lost in the World of Marianne and Connell
This was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so glad I was introduced to it. Sally Rooney's "Normal People" explores intimacy like few other books, cap... READ MORE
Daisy at Leeds
Normal People
A beautifully written look at life
I read this recently and really enjoyed it. I can see why some people say that nothing much happens but to me it wasn't that simple. Seeing the two charact... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
Normal People
Book of the decade
I'm an avid reader, always have been, and normal people is seriously my favourite book of the past decade. Its a story of how having a history with someone... READ MORE
megan johnson
Normal People
Infuriating but insightful
Something about this book is enjoyable, even if the main characters' lack of communication with each other is absolutely rage-inducing at times. Yet there ... READ MORE
Katie Reid

Synopsis

Marianne is the young, affluent, intellectual wallflower; Connell is the boy everyone likes, shadowed by his family’s reputation and poverty. Unlikely friends, and later lovers, their small town beginnings in rural Ireland are swiftly eclipsed by the heady worlds of student Dublin. Gradually their intense, mismatched love becomes a battleground of power, class, and the falsehoods they choose to believe. Normal People is a tale of deceptive simplicity, a very accessible narrative of two seemingly mismatched young people who share a profound, inescapable understanding. Beyond that however is something properly universal, a study of how one person can forever shape and impact another. Marianne and Connell emerge almost shockingly real and deeply vulnerable in their different ways. Sally Rooney has evolved into perhaps the most nuanced contemporary observer we have. Brimming with longing, regret and intimacy, Normal People is everything, as a culture, we need from our fiction. It is a story that is absolutely universal to us all, and it is brilliant.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571334650
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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Normal People
Worst read of the year
Empty characters without personality, zero story, the disappointment of the year for me. Would like to send it back and ask my money (and wasted time) back... READ MORE
Eva Katai
Normal People
Does anything happen?!
Really didn’t enjoy. Abandoned at chapter 10.
Natalie Mekloufi
Normal People
Unimpressed
I thought after reading the reviews that I would really enjoy this book. But I don't. Sooo boring, I care nothing for the characters (except possibly Lorra... READ MORE
Kay M
Normal People
interesting, but a bit overrated
I would give a 6.7/10, but interesting and bold book
Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Normal People
Frustrating from start to finish
Normal People is a well written book that does draw the reader in, but the plot goes nowhere and there’s a lack of characters with redeeming qualities. As ... READ MORE
Kate Menzies
Normal People
Bluebell
The first chapters seemed to concentrate on sex and after that it was all about mental health and suicide. This book did left me wishing I had never bought... READ MORE
Bluebell
Normal People
A book about today's lost generation
A story mostly about two young people with different backgrounds - Marianne and Connel. It is about their relationship over the years - at school and at un... READ MORE
Lyubie
Normal People
A good read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book-such amazing powers of observation in such a young author.
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Normal People
Shame about the binding
Gift for my daughter on our hols. She enjoyed it. Less so however that in the three days it took to read the paperback had utterly fallen apart. Bit shoddy
Robert Lea
Normal People
loved it
Quick easy read
shanice hughes
Normal People
Very enjoyable!
I actually quite enjoyed it, being a young adult myself. I thought it was a good representation of modern relationships. The personal struggles that these ... READ MORE
Miss Louise Cocker
Normal People
Sloppy, half-baked and at best mediocre
This is the sort of novel that would inevitably be lapped up by The Guardian. Speech marks are discarded in a feat of failed, self-indulgent avant-gardism.... READ MORE
Matthew Barrowes
Normal People
Absolutely wonderful
A universal story of first love, simply heart breaking and perfect.
Molly Jamshidian
Normal People
Genuinely terrible, incredibly shallow, dull, poorly written, and I hated every character
Incredibly boring book with hugely unlikeable protagonists. Poorly written, akin to some terrible tumblr fiction written by a teenager. Genuinely have neve... READ MORE
M J-W
Normal People
Disappointing!
With all the hype, I had great expectations from this book. It was such a big disappointment. I’ve seen lots of 5* reviews. Not sure why. Perhaps it’s a ... READ MORE
Brenda
Normal People
Empty
After hearing such good things about Normal People I was left disappointed. It is an easy read, however nothing happens. I wish there was more to the story... READ MORE
Catherine Jones
Normal People
You shape you're own perception
I read this book last summer and revisited it again after the BBC Drama was aired. The book explores love, and friendship. How even the most popular peopl... READ MORE
Nicola Molyneux
Normal People
:(
Well, it wasn’t for me..
Younwoo Kim
Normal People
Normal People - not my cup of tea
I wouldn't generally write a review of a book that I couldn't be bothered to finish, I read all the gushing reviews and about the awards that it had won, s... READ MORE
Pamela Ward
Normal People
Easy holiday read
Read this one on a beach holiday in a few days. Just a nice, easy read, with characters we can all relate too. I hadn’t watched the TV series, so now it’s ... READ MORE
Jacqui
Normal People
Amazing
A raw and real story of a millennial relationship. I couldn't put this down and love Rooney's writing style. It's simplistic but superb. Hoping for a seq... READ MORE
Abi Wren
Normal People
Couldn't finish it
I could tell straight away it was written by a really young person. The story itself is everything that's wrong with modern 'relationships'. I personally c... READ MORE
Jen
Normal People
Not Worth The Hype
The story follows the relationship of Marianne and Connell through high school and college which is complicated by their social and economic differences. ... READ MORE
Maria  Glencross
Normal People
Amazing read!
This book is so good! I really didn't expect much from it because it didn't use speech marks (which really bugged me) and it was about a 'different', 'quir... READ MORE
Tamara Mihssin
Normal People
You Can't Hurry Love
There are some books that you can read without paying them much thought or attention, whilst still getting a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment and a basic ... READ MORE
Hayley Metcalfe
Normal People
lovely book - would definitely recommend
i really enjoyed this book, i don't know why people wouldn't! each to their own i suppose
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Normal People
A special story about love
I read this book back in April but I've waited until now to review it because I wanted to watch the television adaptation and contrast and compare. This ... READ MORE
Nicola
Normal People
Utterly sublime writing!
There are some writers who are simply in a league of their own, and Sally Rooney is certainly one of them. The characters of Marianne and Connell feel so ... READ MORE
Kim
Normal People
Must read!
Such a lovely book to read, I wish I had read the book before the series though! I enjoyed ‘Conversations with Friends’ more I think as I was more excited ... READ MORE
Charlotte  Thompson
Normal People
Love love love
I felt as though I was in this relationship and it’s painful but beautiful to read
Paisley turner
Normal People
I think I missed something.
Not for me. I didn’t really get it. Sorry.
Lizzie Bennett
Normal People
Can't stop thinking about it
I read Normal People by Sally Rooney after my mother couldn't stop gushing about it, and I fell in love. The excellent writing, the masterful portrayals of... READ MORE
Maud Haugland
Normal People
I think I loved it, but I don’t know why...
I know I’m a bit late to the party with this one but after the beast that was ‘The Institute’, I needed something a little more bite-sized and I could not ... READ MORE
Bookish Blonde
Normal People
This is not love
I didn't like the book. I thought it would be a modern love story. Love is mistaken by the author with dependency, sex, submission, low self-esteem, toxic ... READ MORE
Leticia Martinez
Normal People
4 stars
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Hannah Guthrie
Normal People
Pleased that I picked this up!
Just like everyone else I got lost in this book during the first national lockdown. This is not the normal type of book that I would pick up but I am so pl... READ MORE
Grace
Normal People
Thought provoking love story
This was the first of my Christmas present books that I read, and my last book of 2019, and I closed the year with a brilliant read. It is a subtle love st... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Normal People
Amazing!
I could not stop reading this book! Great story, relatable, human and touching.
Emily  Richardson
Normal People
Normal people
An exceptional book to read, because sally rooney is a gifted writer.
Alison carroll
Normal People
Loved it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I think the author does a great job of exploring how our relationships, new and old, shape the way we view ourselves and... READ MORE
Chloe
Normal People
An honest opinion
Many people seem to love it, so maybe it’s just me that doesn’t see it as a literary masterpiece. First off, I found the story pretty dull; I didn’t develo... READ MORE
Rachel Jones
Normal People
I loved it!
Such a great book that got me hooked on from the moment I read the first page. It is not your average teen love story but it is so much more. This book sho... READ MORE
Amber Hessels
Normal People
A must read
Raw, emotional, realistic, touching, vivid - this book is everything. Beautifully written. Perfection.
Eleanor
Normal People
BEAUTIFUL
this has to be one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I’ve never been so attached to characters and their lives. It is a moving read and a journ... READ MORE
Eleanor Norcombe
Normal People
Phenomenal
Sally Rooney's "Normal People" is a brilliant and complex coming-of-age love story. Stylistically unusual, it's written in short staccato sentences. This l... READ MORE
Laura Besley
Normal People
Brilliant read
I really enjoyed this novel even though it's many years since I was at school as a pupil at least. The characters are well drawn and believable. I am lovin... READ MORE
Christine Rampley
Normal People
Normal People
I have watched the TV series twice and now reading the book. The book explains Connells background more , that he is illegitimate and doesn't know his fath... READ MORE
Dennis Osborne
Normal People
Amazing
I was gripped by the book and then gripped by the tv series. Each section had me laughing and crying. Excellent read!!
Fay Walker
Normal People
Don’t be fooled into reading this because of the series
So I watched the Normal People series on BBC iPlayer and I absolutely loved it to pieces I was addicted to the plot and the characters, and so I decided to... READ MORE
Maddie Murray
Normal People
Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book, the story flowed very well. I didn’t think the two main characters were very attractive, rather too precocious and sexualised. However... READ MORE
stephen Conlon
Normal People
Brilliant!
Proves you can really love your soul mate, the person everyone wants you to be with and let them go to pursue bigger and better things. A very moving book ... READ MORE
Melissa Rhule
Normal People
Disappointing
With all the fantastic reviews I read about this book, I had such great expectations! But I was highly disappointed and struggled to stay interested in the... READ MORE
Erin Gibson
Normal People
Enjoyable
This was a good book and an easy read I found. Although I don't feel it lives up to all the hype it has had. I got through this book very quickly but no... READ MORE
Alice Chan
Normal People
Normal People
Quirky , took a bit of getting into & didn’t have the most satisfactory ending . None the less a good read & worth while.
Deborah Homes
Normal People
Amazing book
Loved this book and read it along with watching it on Television. Both were excellent and didn’t want the story to end.
Karen  Isted
Normal People
Enthralling
It is a testament to the brilliance of the writing style and storytelling that you are able to believe that you are the only person in the world who truly ... READ MORE
Oscar Robins
Normal People
Underwhelming
A good example of hype outweighing the reality. The characters were interesting enough, if a bit shallow. The plot is flimsy. I didn’t really feel like I w... READ MORE
Tony Jackson
Normal People
Loved it
Loved the book, now looking forward to watching the television series!
Gemma Wilkinson
Normal People
amazing book
love the way she rights.
Niamh  Gallagher
Normal People
So relatable
I loved this book! It has got me back into reading as i fell in love with the story and the characters. Sally rooneys writing is very good and recomend her... READ MORE
Charlotte Hoole
Normal People
Interesting storyline
Initially it was difficult to get into this story, as no speech marks are used. However, once you get into it, the story really hooks you! There is a few t... READ MORE
Georgia Parsisson
Normal People
A compelling, easy read
As a couple, Marianne and Connell shouldn’t work. They are polar opposites. And they don’t always work. Theirs is a story of teenage attraction Into adulth... READ MORE
Sian Rickers
Normal People
beautiful story
I absolutely loved this book. Me and my friends discussed the book after reading and it was fascinating how we all were conflicted as we took away somethin... READ MORE
roohika johal
Normal People
TV show better than the book
I enjoyed the book because it allowed me to have a deeper understanding of the characters, but I felt the TV show was better than the novel.
Felicity Clegg
Normal People
A modern classic
"Normal People" deserves all the hype it has received. It's an easy read but also a highly insightful novel which makes you rethink the university experien... READ MORE
Victoria Herring
Normal People
Normal People
Bought as gift. Excellent service, fast delivery.
Maureen Blake
Normal People
Amazing Book
I enjoyed this book very much & had already watched the drama on TV & was pleased that they were the same as it's often the case that having watched someth... READ MORE
Anna Sutton
Normal People
Brilliant read
I watched the recent TV series like millions of others but always like to read the book beforehand, unfortunately I hadn't managed to so read it after. Ra... READ MORE
Tish McKie
Normal People
Loved this book
Book was a lovely read.
Lesley Hammond
Normal People
Makes you feel something.
Subtle and powerful; a relationship you want to watch, or want for yourself. Completely deserving of a second read, I'm sure at some point there'll be a th... READ MORE
RebeccaReads
Normal People
Believe the hype
I had heard so much about how good this book was but only came to read it after I had watched the BBC TV adaptation. Without hesitation, although the serie... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
Normal People
Beautifully written if rather boring
I must have totally missed the point when reading this book. I read all the book and really gave it a chance. I was full of expectation! Sadly the booked... READ MORE
Jacqueline Robinson
Normal People
Heartfelt Love Story
A thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish. An episodic account of a love affair between two Irish teenagers from different backgrounds who move fro... READ MORE
Brian Dotson
Normal People
Could not put it down!
Amazing.
Aimee Sproull
Normal People
Loved this book
Really good book. Took me a few chapters to get into it and then I read it in a day. Ending isn't very good though!
Sophie Clifford
Normal People
I couldn’t put it down!
I love this book so much! I finished it in a day and honestly couldn’t put it down. I became so invested in Connell and Mariannes story, and their developm... READ MORE
Chloe Hinton
Normal People
Class
Subtle study of two imperfect humas and their relationship over the course of 5 years. I loved how the characters, their personalities and motivations, cou... READ MORE
Patrycja Rojek
Normal People
Not a typical, predictable romantic novel
Not at all a typical, predictable romantic novel but a beautiful expression of two ordinary people trying to fit in with the world. Through their undeniabl... READ MORE
Ella McCabe
Normal People
Modern classic
One of the best books I have read ever. Truly captured the ups and downs of your one true love. It almost makes me want to re-live my youth again to feel t... READ MORE
Andrew Robinson
Normal People
Such a great read!
Read it in 4 days and loved every bit of it!
Scarlet-rose Mccaffrey
Normal People
Amazing
I had to read this before watching the show. Such a good read!
Mila Puede
Normal People
Normal People
This may be among the only romance novels I've read that truly encapsulates the undefinable love that transcends both romance and friendship.
Madison Girdler
Normal People
Trash
Hi. I bought this book after two or three sales assistants at Waterstones insisted that I should buy it as it was such a great book. I did and then recomme... READ MORE
Barbara  Ibsen
Normal People
One of my favourites
I bought the book after the hype for it died down. I wasn’t expecting much as it’s not normally the type of book I go for. I must say that I thoroughly enj... READ MORE
Paulina Lewandowska
Normal People
A true classic
All the clichés and accolades are right. I came to the novel after the TV show and I was staggered both at how amazing the adaptation had been and also how... READ MORE
Clare Wallace
Normal People
Normal but complex
I’d watched the BBC series a while back before reading the book. Although I would have enjoyed reading the book without seeing the TV series, having seen ... READ MORE
Bookworm
Normal People
Good
I enjoyed this although I found the writing style quite flat.
Mrs E. Jones
Normal People
Beautiful
Heartbreaking yet unique and individual. Highly recommend.
Lily Wells
Normal People
Thoroughly enjoy Sally Rooney's works
This was an amazing insight into modern day relationships and communication. I could not stop reading this.
Hannah Giaramita
Normal People
Overrated and predictable
Written in a very frustrating reported speech style, rather than speech in "quotation marks" (like so). The story is nothing special. I read this before th... READ MORE
Elizabeth Mimnagh
Normal People
Underwhelming
Underwhelming. I do not understand all the hype around this book. The lack of quotation marks was confusing and the emotional plot of the story was frustra... READ MORE
Ariane Horn
Normal People
100% recommend!!
i genuinely could not put this book down. a great love story by Rooney which has you rooting for teen love completely!