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Normal People
Normal People | Sally Rooney
'Sally Rooney is a writer going all the way to the top.' Colin Barrett
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Bec_lectic
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This book kind of irritated me. It started out as a pretty good love story and I was really enjoying it but then it starts to drag and the main characters complete lack of competent communication made me wanted to slap them at some points. The ending…really? Almost considered this book a waste of time. 😕

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erickahhh
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I really need to check out the TV show. Boy, do I wish I knew a love like the one in Normal People. I could not get enough of this book! I finished it in 1 day! The character development was wonderful. I wanted to be best friends with Mary Ann. I am interested to see how this book is adapted to TV

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TashaLeigh
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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nathandrake1997
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There is something about NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney that reminds me about a few things at once. One of them is the "in the moment" writing in the screenplay of Greta Gerwig's LADY BIRD where each scene felt like a moment in the protagonist's life instead of a result of potential build-up...(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....Similarly, every chapter in NORMAL PEOPLE opens directly amidst a moment, as if the world Rooney has crafted continues to exist beyond the reach of her pen.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....At first glance, while glossing through the promotional material of the book, one can easily misinterpret NORMAL PEOPLE as a love story. After all, everything about the promotional material, from the cover art to the blurb to the various snippets found all over the internet to the trailer of the Tv Series adaptation screams "star-crossed lovers", when in reality, the book is anything but that.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Yes, it is about two people. Yes, it is about them sharing experiences together that are usually interpreted in a romantic context. Yes, sex plays an integral part in the narrative. Yes, love, or rather the fragility of love as an emotion is one of the key thematic and emotional undercurrents of the book.... 1mo
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nathandrake1997 ....But the book is anything but a love story, or rather, anything but a love story in a conventional sense.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....The two protagonists, Connell and Marianne, drift in and out of each other's lives over a period of four years, from 2011 to 2015. The relationship that the two of them share is quite emotionally impulsive in nature. There are times when they awkwardly exchange a nod while there are also times when they end up sleeping together.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....But both of them, in their own subjective ways, refuse to ground the connection they share into something definite. This at times causes a source of frustration for the people around them, but in a way, one cant help but empathize with the existential ambiguity of the relationship shared by the protagonists because they are in a juncture of life where they can barely make sense of the life they individually want to lead.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....let alone the life they probably want to share with someone else.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....This impulsive existential ambiguity in a way becomes the defining trait of the narrative timeline Rooney chooses to frame the protagonists' lives in. Each chapter starts at a particular moment in the protagonists' lives.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....At times, it is multiple months from the previous chapter, at times it is a few weeks from the previous chapter and during one instance it is barely five minutes from the previous chapter. Time also operates at an impulsive rhythm in Rooney's prose.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Another interesting narrative device Rooney uses in the book is in the way she chooses to flesh out the protagonists' lives and the relationship they share. Throughout the book, Conell and Marianne meet other people and it is through their relationship with these "other" people that both Connell and Marianne and the relationship they share are fleshed out.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....What Connell and Marianne mean to each other is conveyed when they are apart from each other, or rather when they are emotionally invested in someone else. At first glance, this might sound cliched and generic. But Rooney's refreshingly anecdotal writing prevents the prose from slipping into a quagmire of saccharine.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....At turns witty, at turns heartbreaking, but the kind that never loses its sharpness, Rooney's prose is like one of those knives that manages to slice effortlessly through both butter and meat, leaving glorious layers open for display in its wake.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Connell and Marianne's relationship is one that is an uphill climb to get invested in and in a way that makes sense, because that is how not only romantic, but human relationships in general are.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....A lot of times, one can't really make sense of why does a certain person mean the world to them, even though the relationship they share with said person probably isn't positive in a conventional sense. It is this existential dilemma about human relationships that Rooney attempts to explore in NORMAL PEOPLE.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....This write-up feels like it is going nowhere, rambling on and on about something or the other, at times talking in circles about the same point, at times meandering on tangents embarked randomly upon. But, in a way, that's what reading this novel feels like..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....In fact I am kind of hesitant to call this a novel. Or maybe what the "novel" as an artform means from a literary gatekeeper's perspective..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Just like some of my favourite literature in recent years, the writing is fragmented, intentionally rough around the edges, akin to shards unafraid to pierce one's skin at moments and leave an indelible impression. It has its rough edges, but the sharpness nevertheless is intact, hence I am rather hesitant to dismiss them as flaws. On the contrary, if nothing, they add to the reading experience. 1mo
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Mehso-so

I know alot of people really love this book. I had very high expectations but I just didn't love it. I just didn't believe the relationship, why couldn't he get over this weird anxiety about being with her?? Didn't make sense to me, I felt like he took what HE wanted from her. He kept telling her that he loved her, but his actions said otherwise.

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unreal
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I know this book gets mixed reviews and I can definitely see why it wouldn't work for everyone, but I really enjoyed reading it. The writing style was different from what I'm used to but I found it really interesting. I would definitely read another Sally Rooney book. I would have liked if the side characters were a bit more fleshed out but all in all a good read.

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paytanmal
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misconception is that this book doesn‘t have any character development & it‘s just a book of two people in constant emotional circles. it‘s much more, it depicts the true outcome of miscommunication & misunderstanding decaying a relationship between two people that obviously love each other. these two flaws can drive any two apart but Connell & Marianne have a bound that will always magnetize each other back together. it‘s hauntingly beautiful

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tharpal
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This book was a quick read! It‘s a little all over the place but it was very enjoyable.

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lanecannon
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I couldn't put this book down but the ending made me want to throw it!! Such a roller coaster!

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Pms
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“They‘ve done a lot of good for each other. Really, she thinks, really. People can really change one another.”

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Pms
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Perceptive observation of how sometimes literary events can be stiff, noncontributary and filled with “people who want to be the type of people that attend them”

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CaliforniaCay
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I watched the show 1st then read the book and I like them both equally which is rare! The show was quiet and slow, not a lot of dialogue, focused more on character development, which I love. Reading the book afterwards, I was surprised at how close the adaption was, and was happy to see more of the characters thoughts, which filled in a few blanks left out in the show. Not for everyone but it's worth the hype in my opinion. Glad I finally read it!

UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re doing well, Cayla, and staying warm during this crazy California cold front! 🥶 3mo
CaliforniaCay @UwannaPublishme same to you Donna! I've barely noticed the weather since I'm still being a hermit 🙈 but feeling ready to start venturing out again. You'll read all about it in my very long catch up letter, on its way to you soon 😉 3mo
UwannaPublishme We‘ve been hermits here too. 🤪But when the sun peeks its head out, I run to the beach for a little walk and some fresh air. Take good care! 🤗💌 3mo
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damselsgotballs
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Book 34

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zezeki
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Mehso-so

This is very well written and the main characters are well fleshed out, but overall I didn't particulary like them. I think it's topic itself that misses the mark for me. I don't usually enjoy reading about on-again and off-again relationship where the main cause of break up is lack of communication. I can see why this book is loved and how people may have found it relatable, but it's just not my cup of tea. 📚📚📚

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GatheringBooks
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#ItHadToBeYou day 4: #SecretAdmirer will probably fit with this book. Here‘s my review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-khf

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻📚👍🏻 4mo
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notreallyelaine
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It was culture as class performance, literature fetishized for its ability to take educated people on false emotional journeys, so that they might afterward feel superior to the uneducated people whose emotional journeys they liked to read about. Even if the writer himself was a good person, and even if his book really was insightful, all books were ultimately marked as status symbols, and all writers participated to some degree in this marketing

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Rachel.Rencher
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January is half way gone, and I haven't finished one book yet. 🙃 Thankfully this one has been hard to put down so far because I fear I may be in a slump.

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sailu112
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I never thought a book so normal would move me so much. I was just with them all through their journey

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BethHagey
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****

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ohhkatie86
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I feel like this is a love or hate it book. I usually read books pretty quickly, but this one took me longer because I wanted so badly to love it. It is still a pick for me as I like Sally Rooney's writing.
I also like that TV show stayed pretty true to the story.

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shirinj123
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Panpan

couldn‘t connect to the characters at all! super hard to continue reading

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strangexlonely
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Mehso-so

I didn't really connect much with the characters and nothing actually happens. Also the lack of quotation marks when there's dialogue was a little annoying.

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vlwelser
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This book is beautifully written. Basically 2 insecure teenagers become fairly insecure young adults. And it's about their long on and off relationship. There's something very real about this book. I kept wanting to tell the characters they were idiots. So I was pretty engaged.

#BookSpin done!
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Reagan This is the best review of this book I‘ve ever read. 100% on point. 6mo
merelybookish I loved this book so much! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 5mo
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kera_11
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big sigh. this book was tuuuuff. Connell and Marianne are 2 people who are always drawn back together no matter how their relationship cracks over the years, it never breaks for good. the hardships of growing up, figuring yourself out, letting go of toxic family dynamics, mental health struggles. they go through it all together. I understand why the ending had to be what it was but…

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TheLit-ories
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After ages , going to step ahead with the journey where I always want to revive and thrive, this is my pick on Black a Friday sale . #TBR #Ontario #spoilers dive in I won‘t mind if anyone has read this before. Recommendations most welcome !!!

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LitStephanie
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I had a hard time putting this novel, about a relationship between two people from high school through college, down whenever I picked it up. I still can't decide if the on again, off again sometimes sexual relationship between Marianne and Connell is healthy, or if the ending is sad or happy. Maybe that's the point. They have a deep connection despite miscommunications but can't seem to stop abandoning each other. The writing is powerful, ⬇️

LitStephanie exploring how people often work out their demons through sexual relationships and how hard it is for young people to let go of horrible family dynamics, which they carry into sometimes poisonous interactions with lovers and friends. 6mo
merelybookish I loved this book and the miniseries based on it is good too. 6mo
LitStephanie @merelybookish good to know. I was worried the miniseries would just be gratuitous and focus only on the S&M stuff because it's TV. 6mo
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IselaKay
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I saw the Hulu adaptation first, loved it. The book was great, loved it. And now I‘m off to watch the show through one more time!

I recommend both!

📖 📺

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leah152
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I didn't know what to make of this book at first. Third person perspective is a bit harder for me to get into but by the first couple of chapters I was sucked in! I identified so much with both Connell & Marianne at different stages (I mean, who hasn't been an awkward teenager? Lol!) Took Connell long enough to get his act together & figure out what he wanted! Looking very much forward to reading Sally Rooney's next book 😊
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themonaisa
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I am undone. Hauntingly tragic, the air of familiarity and comfort, the stupid and ridiculous assurance that they were just beneath each other‘s grasps — always.

The ending.
The story was so real, like we were walking through their lives with them. So sad, so good.

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leah152
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Oops lol 😊📚💖

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Cupcake12
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A story following Connell and Marianne from teenage years to college life. A popular boy at school and the intensely private girl. These two connect on such a deep level. At school, they circle one another but Marianne veers into self destruction in later life. Can they save each other?
This is my first book by Sally Rooney who is able to scrutinise first love with great psychological prose and includes a complex, entanglement of characters.

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Nalbuque
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This was ok, but felt somewhat intense. I didn‘t know what it was abt and… I dno, it‘s just not what I expected. Good nonetheless! Made me curious abt the Hulu series based on the book, but not enough to actually watch it haha

themonaisa Just finished the show! A vividly true reflection of the story, from so much of the script to tiny details they never mention out loud, like Connell‘s chain or shoes. The chemistry was insane. You really get the same level of psychological intimacy as the book. Definitely recommend if you want to see the pain from these pages come to life 7mo
Nalbuque @themonaisa that‘s so good to know!! I‘ve been let down by recent literary tv adaptations, so I was hesitant!! I think I will give this show a go! Thanks for the rec 🖤 7mo
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itsyvetperez
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“Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything“

-- 4⭐️

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Kiralyn
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“Generally I find men a lot more concerned with limiting the freedoms of women than exercising personal freedoms for themselves” — jotted this down last year but seems especially relevant with everything going on in Texas right now.

Caroline2 Ohhhh this is spot on!! 😯 8mo
LitStephanie I loved that line. 6mo
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Kiralyn
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I devoured this book- it was right up my alley. I totally understand the polarization around it however. It doesn‘t necessarily follow a clear story arc in the way most books do (I mean it does but probably to us who love it). But tbh it‘s high brow romance at its core. I also had a friend who said I reminded him of Marianne.. still debating if that a compliment or insult haha.

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AnneCecilie
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I saw the series last year and knew that I had to reread this book. If possible, I loved it even more this time.

Marianne and Connell just seems so real in their miscommunications and how they always find their way back to each other.

Cathythoughts I love this book too. I havnt watched the series though 9mo
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Dalaine
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I should not have enjoyed this book, but I did - as much as you can enjoy a book that makes you miserable. Sally Rooney has a way of capturing the really dark and disturbing intricacies of the mind.
I was eager to finish the novel to see where it took the characters. I can't say I love the ending but I also acknowledge that it's fitting. This is definitely not a light read. At best it's a depressing love story. But it's good. Rooney is good.

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AnneCecilie
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This.
Both about the bullying and the Facebook wall

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Cazxxx
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I just don‘t get the hype with this book? Absolutely no plot. Dull, lifeless characters who are hard to like and don‘t have much depth, I just didn‘t care about either of them. The writing was mediocre, I just didn‘t get the point of it at all! The only reason I finished it was because my son and I chose it for a buddy read and he felt exactly the same!

Ruthiella I don‘t think her writing is for me either. Both this and Conversations With Friends failed to wow me. (edited) 9mo
Cazxxx @Ruthiella I don‘t understand all the good reviews for this one 9mo
marleed I was a meh on this too. I also watched the series while dog sitting for my son and DIL. My DIL mentioned to a friend that I like to dog sit as that‘s when I binge a series. She mentioned the series. Her friend cracked up and laughed - omg your mother in law is watching porn! Lololol!! (edited) 9mo
Cazxxx @marleed haha 😂 I‘ve never seen the series but after the book I don‘t think I‘ll bother! 9mo
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Karmapen
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I know I‘m like the last person on the planet to read this but WOW it packs a punch. It is like…very upsetting. But I loved it.

Reggie What do you think happens with them? Every time I think about this book I get teary eyed. 9mo
Karmapen To be honest I don‘t think it ends well! I think these short intense relationships when you‘re very young rarely work out. You don‘t want to end up with the person who makes you feel the most intense things. But yeah this book wrecked me. @Reggie (edited) 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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I did not connect at all with this book, mainly because the characters felt so lifeless. They didn't feel like real people and I didn't relate to them.

There were some insightful moments around conformity and popularity, but these were swallowed up by a lot of tedium and confusing behaviour.

Sadly not for me.

⭐⭐ 2 stars

Vansa Completely agree. The characters speak in ridiculously self conscious stilted ways, the way 15 year olds imagine existentialists speak. They behave in completely idiotic ways as well. And it seems like wish fulfilment for the nerdy girl to turn up at college and suddenly become the cool girl!! I think we've all seen that movie before! 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa I just didn't get why she was supposed to be such an outcast... none of the characters seemed to have any logic behind their behaviour!!! 😅 9mo
BookwormM So glad I am not alone 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @BookwormM This one really seems to have divided opinion! 9mo
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Gracelovesreading
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The choices that frame your life fascinate me.
This page from Normal People struck a chord with me. Totally understand Connell's thoughts/feelings here.

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cephellapod
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This book absolutely wrecked me. I love everything about it and Sally Rooney is a genius. I rarely annotate when I read but this had so many beautiful quotes that I had to. I‘m nervous/excited to watch the series and I hope it lives up to the book!!!!

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ashleyn
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I really enjoyed this. The true love felt between Marianne and Connell made my heart melt. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I don't get the mixed reviews on this book at all. I thought it was lovely & beautiful. This was my first Sally Rooney book & her storytelling is masterful. She has a realistic grasp on human psychology & a unique ability to insert it in the story without being clinical. This book is about friendship & love & our strengths & weaknesses as humans. I'm so glad I read this book & I look forward to reading her upcoming book in September. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Leftcoastzen There‘s something about Rooney , I loved it too. 11mo
Augustdana It was my first Rooney too and I loved it! Read Conversations with Friends quickly after that and loved it too. She‘s got a new one coming out as well!! 11mo
sprainedbrain I adore this this book! ❤️ 11mo
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