Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Conversations with Friends
Conversations with Friends: A Novel | Sally Rooney
A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nicks flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Francess friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
guidosophia
Panpan

sally rooney is the modern day john green (derogatory). pretentious and dry and not a single character is like-able.

blurb
ReadingEnvy
post image

Many of you may not know that this is our first holiday season with two boys we hope to adopt next year so of course today was crazy in good ways.

But I wouldn't want to go without thanking @Blerdgal_Fenix for sending me a book I've wanted to read for forever and a fun assortment of chocolates for #jolabokaflodswap21 - thank you so much! And how I loved the darker skin Santas!

Thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing everyone.

Prairiegirl_reading Wow! Good luck with the adoption! 💜 Merry Christmas!!! 3w
Leftcoastzen Good for you! Hope adoption goes well! 3w
BarbaraBB Merry Christmas 💚 May it be the first of many with the boys! 3w
See All 7 Comments
Bookzombie I hope everything works out! Merry Christmas! 🎄 3w
Reggie Merry Christmas, Jenny. And as much as Normal People destroyed me, Conversation is my favorite of hers. Hope you like it. 3w
andrew61 Have a wonderful break jenny and I hope Chris goes well for you and that it is very special with the boys . 3w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 thanks Andrew.. it was a bit overstimulating for them at times but we managed overall. 3w
58 likes7 comments
blurb
Andrea313
post image

I treated myself to an early-birthday book haul today, sucked in purely by the setting of each- Glasgow, Madrid, Dublin, London...can you tell I'm longing for a big trip? Damn this pandemic (and my finances!)! #BookHaul #NewIn

LiteraryinLawrence What a great way to travel during this time! 1mo
BarbaraBB I know the feeling. Stuck in one place. 1mo
Andrea313 @BarbaraBB I've been feeling it deeply lately. But I'm striving for positive thinking like yours, @LiteraryinLawrence- books will take us where we want to go! ❤️ 1mo
37 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
BookishTrish
post image
Pickpick

To say I devoured this audiobook would be an understatement. I love Rooney‘s flawed character-driven writing. #audiostitching

DrexEdit This is lovely! You are a very neat stitcher! 😍 1mo
BookishTrish @DrexEdit Thank you! 1mo
52 likes2 comments
blurb
BookishTrish
post image

I was very excited to learn there‘s a Sally Rooney novel I havent read yet!

46 likes1 stack add
review
Rachel.Rencher
post image
Pickpick

This was one of the most honest and compelling novels I've read in a long time. I loved the mood, the flawed characters, the writing style, just everything. I'll he thinking about this one for a while, I'm sure.

BarbaraBB Great review. I felt the same. 1mo
76 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
post image

Okay, now that I've had time to read more of this book, I TOTALLY think it heavily inspired Taylor Swift's Folklore album. The love triangle, all the beach references, Florence's cardigan, the heat of the romance having to end after a wine-filled August...and the fact that Taylor wrote a blurb about this book for a magazine in 2019 aaaand Joe Alwyn is playing Nick in the Hulu adaptation. 👀 I'm loving this.

blurb
Rachel.Rencher
post image

Happy Saturday! I just started this one last night and I really like it. The writing feels hazy and a little rushed, kind of like when you're trying to recount what you did when you were drunk. I mean, there's a lot of wine flowing so it makes sense. 🥴

Lol, ignore my coffee. I got a milk frother and stirred the foam in and it looks really weird now. 😂☕

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm At first I thought it was one of those mug cakes. 🤣 Still looks delicious! 2mo
kspenmoll Enjoying your description of reading this book! (edited) 2mo
Rachel.Rencher @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol it does look like that! 😂 2mo
86 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
EmmaMae
post image
Pickpick

The book was filled with compelling characters, that continued to evolve through the story. The characters were the driving force of the story. #bookclubreads

review
itsyvetperez
post image
Pickpick

Out of three books I've read from Sally Rooney this one is stupidly my favorite lol

-- 5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Mine too! 2mo
13 likes1 comment
review
La_Cori
post image
Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐1/2
I like Rooney's writing style, it's so "casual" but never obvious.. the characters aren't very likeable so I didn't warm to them, but over all it was a good reading for me (and i still think Normal People is a better novel).

This was my #bookspin for October @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
54 likes1 comment
review
Pinta
post image
Mehso-so

Ferrante does the juicy gossipy possessive frenemies story so much better. But Rooney‘s little observational asides, cinematic deflections to dry leaves in the corner or ladybug creeping towards the sugar bowl, create a vivid & intimate sense of place & being. Some “conversations”=gratuitous & threw off pacing. Opening sets up strong sense of discomfort & foreboding. Monogamy, sex, friendship, class, age, deception, ambition, art, alliances. 2017

blurb
bbackes
post image

“Things matter to me more than they do to normal people, I thought. I need to relax and let things go. I should experiment with drugs.”

6 likes1 stack add
review
WellReadCatLady
post image
Pickpick

Been meaning to read this ever since I read Normal People and finished it before her next book comes out today! Great book!

review
Dalaine
post image
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I must say, I felt many things when reading this. I can't quite articulate them. I can say that the characters are not particularly likeable but I've come to expect that from these types of books. Rooney is great. Depressing, but great.

7 likes1 stack add
review
Karmapen
Pickpick

I mean, I liked this, but it‘s really depression lit.

review
jbooks
post image
Pickpick

I‘m obsessed with Rooney‘s casual writing style that oozes unique takes of everyday life. While admittedly the romanticization of such an age-gapped relationship that falls under the category of affair was a tad too much for me, the general message of the book still stands strong. At the end of the day, no one really knows what they‘re doing or the direction they‘re going, and sometimes it‘s okay to just listen to your heart a bit.

review
merelybookish
post image
Pickpick

This book did nothing to quell my Sally Rooney crush and cemented the peculiar ache I've come to associate with reading her writing. All to say, I loved it!
(In contrast, this photo is called Naps Amongst Nemeses.)

booksandsympathy Adorable! 😍 7mo
Ruthiella Glad to hear that Sally didn‘t let you down! 😀 7mo
See All 17 Comments
Suet624 Perfect description. The ache that she produces ... 7mo
Leftcoastzen Cute!😻I get what you mean about Rooney 7mo
sprainedbrain Well said! Sally does that to me, too! ❤️ 7mo
Reggie I put this on everyone‘s review of this. I love the last sentence- it‘s very the heart wants what the heart wants! 7mo
batsy Ha! Love the photo 😻 7mo
Cathythoughts Great pic AND she has a new one out 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
LeahBergen Love the photo. 😆 7mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @booksandsympathy Hard not to love them when they're that cute. 😸 7mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella She did not!! Girlcrush reaffirmed. 😁 7mo
merelybookish @Suet624 @sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen Reading her is such an emotional experience. 7mo
merelybookish @Reggie Well said! And there no way to know what that means or where it will lead. 7mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! They are like kitty commas. 7mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I know! Can't wait to read it and be devastated by her again. 😭 7mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thanks. They are not friends but occasionally come close. 7mo
65 likes17 comments
blurb
merelybookish
post image

I absolutely love Normal People but put off reading Conversations with Friends. I think I wanted to know I still had a Sally Rooney book to read. But I can read it now that her new novel has been announced. 🙂

batsy Same! 😆 It's about time for me to read this one. 8mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Same! 8mo
49 likes3 comments
review
rmaclean4
post image
Pickpick

She writes such complex and full characters. At times uncomfortable to read but so worth it. Looming forward to Rooney's next novel. 4 🌟

review
ssoward
Mehso-so

6/10. I don‘t think I really understood it. Quick and entertaining read though!

review
ItsAnotherJen
post image
Mehso-so

This was an okay read. What was interesting to me was also reading 'Three Women' by Lisa Tedder at the same time...and that book is about women's sex lives and sexual desires. 'Coversations with Friends' centers around a young woman and her relationships. Reading both books shed a different light on the main character's thoughts, experiences, and feelings. Still, at the end I wasn't impressed with this book. 🤷‍♀️
2 1/2 stars

cornfedwellread I tried to read this one awhile ago when I saw it on the library's new releases shelf. I couldn't get in to it, but I see so many articles about how amazing Sally Rooney is. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't love her books. 9mo
ItsAnotherJen @cornfedwellread Have you read 'Normal People' yet? I really don't get the hype about that one either. 9mo
cornfedwellread @ItsAnotherJen Since this one was a DNF for me, I've been hesitant to try Normal People. A friend who has similar reading tastes as mine read it and said she didn't think it was anything special. I've considered trying it on audio since I find books that don't use quotation marks difficult to read, but I'm not very motivated to start it. 9mo
ItsAnotherJen @cornfedwellread yes, there are too many other books to read to choose one that you're pretty sure you won't enjoy!! Too many books, too little time 😅 9mo
mija333 I hated this and loved NP so no please do try NP! 7mo
90 likes5 comments
review
Megabooks
post image
Pickpick

So I finally got around to reading this, #mounttbr, and I have no clue how I feel about it. Is it a bit navel-gazingly pretentious? Absolutely. Is it a beautiful piece of writing? Absolutely. Did I have strong feelings while reading it? You bet. Can I articulate those strong feelings? Nope. Am I going to pay Sally to f*ck with my feelings again this fall? You know it!

Am I too lazy to take a picture of my book? 💯😂

Reggie Lol, I always put this on all the reviews but that last sentence- it‘s very the heart wants what the heart wants!!!! 10mo
Reggie Great review! 10mo
marleed Such a great review! 10mo
See All 24 Comments
mdemanatee Love this! We read this in book club last year and it became evident that everyone‘s favorite Rooney was the first they read. 10mo
Megabooks @mdemanatee I think that‘s true because I read Normal People first (and twice so far), and I think I like it better, but I‘m so excited to see what she does next! 10mo
Megabooks @marleed thanks! 10mo
Megabooks @Reggie thanks! I think heart is behind both her books. Despite the trials and angst of her protagonists, they do follow their hearts. 10mo
mdemanatee @Megabooks I was the same! But had people in book club who read Conversations (book club book) first. And then tell me after they read Normal People they preferred Conversations. I found it so interesting. 10mo
Kimberlone I love this review! I really need to get to reading this. Really loved Normal People. 10mo
BarbaraBB Fab review. I loved this book! (After I read Normal People which I didn‘t enjoy as much) and yes @Reggie that last sentence ❤️ 10mo
Kalalalatja Perfect review!!! 🙌🙌🙌 10mo
Megabooks @Kimberlone thanks! I definitely recommend reading it. 10mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! And yes, I loved the ending. 💕 10mo
Megabooks @Kalalalatja thank you!! 💜 10mo
tpixie Lol fun review! 10mo
Megabooks @tpixie thanks!! 10mo
tpixie @Megabooks 🙂 10mo
allureofbeauty I have this but I haven‘t read it yet. 10mo
Megabooks @allureofbeauty definitely pick it up at some point! 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I forgot to tag you and this is one of my favorite reviews! 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s a brilliant review 😍Thanks for remembering to tag me xx 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! It started out as trying to work out my feelings on Instagram, but I rather liked it, so I posted here. 😜 10mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is fantastic! 😆 10mo
123 likes1 stack add24 comments
review
keys_on_fire
post image
Mehso-so

This book was challenging to me. The main conflict of the MC was something that makes me uncomfortable, because I experienced it from a different perspective. Oddly, the story was still compelling enough to keep me reading and yet, it‘s one that doesn‘t really seem to have an obvious point. Except maybe that it‘s a waste of time to try and figure out anyone else when we can‘t even figure ourselves out first?

46 likes1 stack add
blurb
keys_on_fire
post image

Now that my bookspin selections are done, I‘m trying to get my last bookclub book done and get a #bookspinbingo! Tagged book is for bookclub and the others are for bingo. This weekend will definitely help make it a possibility, but I‘ve also been suffering from a pretty severe head cold so rest may have to come first! Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting!
#20in4Readathon

Andrew65 Looks a good weekend ahead. 10mo
32 likes1 comment
review
Buechersuechtling
post image
Mehso-so

Slowly trying to “catch up”.
I must say I hardly remember that one, only that there was a bit of a plot during the last 2 hours. And it‘s that alone that leads to a “So-So”-rating. I already forgot so much about it and only remember how dragging and boring and blank it was, that the book comes off unscathed by not being a “Pan”.

In there the people are only described to have so strong attitudes and opinions but they lack them. Completely.

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

Can you believe it⁉️😵 I am at hour 7:30 of 9:51, so about 2 hours and scarcely a half to go – and: since about 30 to 40 minutes or so there is something that I would call _a_plot_‼️ And none too bad.

But what do you think, shall I send the manuscript back to Sally Rooney to make her edit it again and delete this passage so that it fits the content-free rest❓😂

#SorryNotSorry

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

Seems: “Oh please” is the phrase to best describe my experience with this novel. I mean, the database entry says the book is

“an enchanting, wise answer to the question of what it‘s like to be young and female today.”

Well, if this is so – what I doubt – why has this allegedly so intellectual, socially interested and “educated” female generation obviously never heard of endometriosis❓ ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Buechersuechtling (Continued, 1/1) Come on, Francis, it‘s the second time you report really bad pain in connection with your monthly bleeding. Haven‘t you never had the faint thought of that it could be endometriosis❓🙄 I mean, I am more than double your age and already when your pain was first mentioned I immediately thought in that direction. So much for your generation being so sophisticated. 🙄 (edited) 11mo
17 likes1 comment
blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

Still not impressed, but maybe I got used to its style.

I‘m almost halfway through and very surprised that there is a scene where Francis expresses an attitude. But please, if Melissa also doesn‘t like Valerie why are she and Nick spending the summer in her house❓ If I don‘t like my “landlord” I decline the offer. They don‘t seem to be so poor that they can‘t afford summer vacation on their own.

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

I‘m really short before bailing.
Is there „a big revelation“ in the end that it might be worth waiting for and fighting through❓

Seemingly, it‘s not my book. I thought: “Gosh, have sex, then you know how it is and everything‘s alright.” Well, they did and still nothing is alright.

All this introspective waffle about nothing. 🙄 Additionally, it doesn‘t make sense to me why the relationships develop. There is no sparkling, just dullness.

null000 Honestly, not really. Nothing happens in this book. I didn't really enjoy it. 11mo
AnneCecilie I kinda think that is the point. There are no big reveals in life. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as Normal People which I loved. 11mo
Buechersuechtling @laurenashley Glad, others haven‘t been sucked in, either. 11mo
Buechersuechtling @AnneCecilie (1/2) Thanks for your comment. It gave me something to think – because usually I love those novels where I watch how people are living. Elizabeth Strout for example. But I just can‘t relate to this one. Francis is so larmoyant and in general all characters have the oscillation amplitude of a sleeping sloth. It‘s just … I don‘t know. It even isn‘t „Still waters run deep.“ It‘s not even real Engagement in navel-gazing. 11mo
Buechersuechtling @AnneCecilie (2/2) They‘re so young and yet so old. They seem to burn for nothing but their engagement in armchair reasoning. – But anyway, you gave me a nudge towards the other side. I will stay with it and see where it leads me. Thank you for that. 🤗 11mo
17 likes5 comments
blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

I‘m not sure if the book and me are going to be friends, let alone have a conversation. I can‘t really put my finger on it but I have issues with how it‘s written.

And even though I recognise certain of Francis‘ traits and behaviour from my own college-years, I can‘t fully relate. Almost everybody is so pale and constantly “pretending”. Public image and “intellectuality” is everything. But no one and nothing is really undergirded.

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

I just had to check if Virginia Woolf from “Who‘s afraid of Virginia Woolf” is written with an“e” at the end or not, and noticed that Edward Albee was still alive when we read this play in 1996/7 in our Advanced English course. Did you know that❓I don‘t even remember if we even discussed this at that time.

In any case, I am completely fascinated by the fact that you sometimes read something in school from people who are really contemporary.

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

“Maybe” I need to rewind the last 10 chapters (each 2-3 minutes long) 🙃 because suddenly my power nap grew out to a quite heaped snatch of sleep. 😴

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

Reminds me of a lot faster version of “Who‘s afraid of Virginia Woolf”. Because: I‘m not far in but I already feel like everything, every relationship, every connection and bond between the people, will go down the drain in a very offending way.

blurb
Buechersuechtling
post image

Look 👀, which audiobook-hold dropped in from the library the night before yesterday.

I don‘t know how long I needed to wait. I‘d say 4-6 months. Now that it‘s finally my turn I‘m looking forward to this #BlameItOnLitsy-find.

Audiobook 2 for #FabulousFebruary. 😊

review
Powered_By_Plants
post image
Mehso-so

An ‘OK‘ portrayal of early 20s, Love, complicated relationships, jealousy , an affair , self harm , disease , bad parenting, but personally lacked a bit more depth.
Definitely felt the frustrations of no one speaking their truth . None of the characters I warmed to but I think that was the point.
Felt it ended quite abruptly , I must admit I was expecting a bit more but glad Iv read it.

3rd square for my #bookspinbingo and my #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
33 likes1 comment
blurb
GidgetsTreasures75
post image

12-9-20: My 104th finished book of 2020! Told from the point of view of Frances, this is a story about friendships and relationships and how she handles them and herself in the process. While none of the characters are very likable they feel very real. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #conversationswithfriends #sallyrooney 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣4️⃣

16 likes1 stack add
review
KVanRead
post image
Pickpick

Finished my November #doublespin!! Yes, I‘m aware it‘s December—still celebrating😊

This is chiefly a pick because Rooney‘s writing is so very, very good. There‘s a spare precision to her writing that gets under my skin in a good way. I had a hard time with these characters but must credit her ability to evince a visceral reaction and make you forget these aren‘t real people leading you to have “conversations with characters”😂

sarahbarnes Yes! She‘s so good!! 13mo
vivastory Excellent review! Hmm, I'm now seriously contemplating sneaking in the following before the end of the year 13mo
KVanRead @vivastory thanks! this was good but I really did like Normal People more. I think it exhibits a lot more character growth and the tone is a lot more hopeful. 13mo
KVanRead @sarahbarnes yes she is — will definitely want to read her next one 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great review!! 13mo
52 likes5 comments
review
OriginalCyn620
post image
Pickpick

I love Rooney‘s writing style and her characters may not always be likable but they‘re interesting. I enjoyed this one and will probably watch the Hulu adaptation when it comes out. The one thing that throws me in Rooney‘s books is the lack of quotation marks. I assume there‘s a reason for that, though I can‘t fathom what the argument is against it! Thinking I‘ll try the audio version for any of her future books.
#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Ruthiella I‘ve always thought the no quotation marks thing was an author “forcing” the reader to engage with the text. That said, it irks me too WHEN I notice it, but often I don‘t. 1y
49 likes2 comments
blurb
OriginalCyn620
post image

Going to finish this book whilst sipping my second cup of coffee, my #cozybeverage of choice!
#forevernovember

review
ErikasMindfulShelf
post image
Pickpick

I really liked this one. Loved Normal People as well so Sally Rooney is now officially on my must buy list.

DrexEdit Sally Rooney is an author I‘ve yet to try, but want to. 1y
LeahBergen Someone‘s in your personal space. 😂 1y
ErikasMindfulShelf @DrexEdit You should. She‘s great! 1y
46 likes4 comments
blurb
Annie1215
post image

Cute idea! @KVanRead

The first book that came to mind when I read this fortune was Conversations With Friends. I immediately think of the relationship between Frances and Nick. Just because you can, doesn‘t mean you should 🤷🏼‍♀️

What book does this make you think of? @BookwormAHN @raeintheworld @Sargar114

KVanRead This one‘s still TBR for me but now I‘m even more intrigued. Thanks for playing! #LitFortuneCookie 1y
vivastory Excellent choice. I loved this book 1y
45 likes2 comments
blurb
JenDR
post image

Stumbled across this stall at the farmers market. I bought a few to add to the never ending TBR stacks.

review
rachaich
post image
Mehso-so

I didn't like as much as Normal People.
Maybe I'm a little out of the audience age group...

blurb
rachaich
post image

I loved Normal People so hope this has some similarities.

BarbaraBB It‘s better 😀 1y
12 likes1 comment
blurb
rachaich
post image

10p in a charity shop!!

blurb
KarenUK
post image

#3books #thatgavemeabookhangover

- The Hearts invisible furies was just soooooooo good!!!!! Period.
- Writers & Lovers spoke to me so much about loss and grief and creativity and love....
- Conversations with friends is just my perfect book. So many complicated people and messy love affairs and friction in friendships and bad decisions! I just love that stuff (in fiction, not in life obviously!)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I picked up conversations on a whim!!! 1y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
BarbaraBB Three fantastic books ❤️ 1y
52 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
britt_brooke
post image
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sally Rooney can write her ass off, but her stories are so slow that I often end up losing interest. Her characters are layered, but pretty unlikeable. I suppose that makes them feel more real, though. I liked this more than Normal People, but only slightly. Her writing is so solid, though, I‘ll still probably read whatever she does next.

Cathythoughts I definitely preferred Normal People to this one. I‘ll read her next one too👍🏻❤️ (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola Normal People practically bored me to tears so I‘ll probably skip this one. 1y
111 likes2 comments
review
kellock
post image
Pickpick

Agreed that it's not as good as normal people but I still like her writing style. Also agree with other reviews that none of the characters were likeable but think they were reasonably interesting. Think she may have been added to my 'Will always read their books' list.
Also totally imagined Nick and Melissa's house precisely how I imagined Connell's house in Normal people. Does that make me weird?!?!?