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Normal People
Normal People | Sally Rooney
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notreallyelaine
Normal People | Sally Rooney

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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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!
@TheAromaofBooks

Reagan This is the best review of this book I‘ve ever read. 100% on point. 2mo
merelybookish I loved this book so much! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 2mo
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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. 3mo
merelybookish I loved this book and the miniseries based on it is good too. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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 3mo
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 🖤 3mo
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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!! 😯 5mo
LitStephanie I loved that line. 3mo
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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 5mo
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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) 5mo
Cazxxx @Ruthiella I don‘t understand all the good reviews for this one 5mo
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) 5mo
Cazxxx @marleed haha 😂 I‘ve never seen the series but after the book I don‘t think I‘ll bother! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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) 5mo
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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! 6mo
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!!! 😅 6mo
BookwormM So glad I am not alone 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @BookwormM This one really seems to have divided opinion! 6mo
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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. 7mo
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!! 7mo
sprainedbrain I adore this this book! ❤️ 7mo
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Gracelovesreading
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Debated reading this after the hype and afyer watching the series, but so glad that I did. What an awesome writer Sally Rooney is. Same age as me, really relatable style and way of viewing the world. The series did a good job of staying true to the book too. Can't wait to read Conversations with Friends now!

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jensini
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Currently reading....😑

Hazel2019 No good? 8mo
jensini Not liking about miscommunication between the main characters 8mo
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Lchnessmnstr
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When you visit a bookish friend for the first time post-vaccine... 🥰 📚😍

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Gemma25
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I was touched and frustrated by this read in equal measure. This book is simple, raw and realistic, full of emotion but I am still not sure that I enjoyed the ending.

Cathythoughts Good book 👏🏻 Lovely pic 8mo
Gemma25 @Cathythoughts Thank you ☺️ 8mo
sprainedbrain I love this book SO much. ❤️ 8mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 6mo
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charlie.b
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Finding that I can‘t put the book down and needing to know what happens with their relationship.

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Laughterhp
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This one wasn‘t my favorite. Nothing happens and they didn‘t seem like healthiest people. That was probably the point but I‘m really not into books that have no plot. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Just glad to have it off my TBR. Finished this Friday morning.

#20in4 #20in4Readathon 1hr read

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
Jody3 I did like the tv series on Hulu 9mo
Laughterhp @Jody3 I haven‘t watched the Hulu series yet. I may have to check it out. 9mo
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Donatron
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Things left unsaid, assuming people‘s thoughts, feeling worthless, depression, domestic violence.. this book made me so angry at the characters and at the same time I wanted to hold them. Mixed feelings about the ending also..

Moonprismpower Me too! I felt like Marianne was trying to sabotage herself at the end...again. 9mo
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AmyK1
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This follows two deeply flawed people and their relationship through their last year of high school and into college. I was not thrilled with the ending but it was good overall.

Molly is having a lazy, rainy Saturday lol

This was my #doublespin for April @TheAromaofBooks

Leftcoastzen Good plan , Molly!🐶 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
Suet624 I loved the tv series. Very well done. 9mo
AmyK1 @Suet624 I didn‘t know there was a tv series. 9mo
Suet624 Yes, on Hulu. It was very beautifully done. 9mo
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bbackes
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It‘s ok not to be ok

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Moonprismpower
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Mehso-so


Connell and Marianne‘s relationship is strained throughout the novel. I‘m not sure if the ending is really an ending. It seems like they‘re still working through their issues and the ending seems to reveal to me that Marianne at least is still testing Connell‘s commitment.

This novel connects you emotionally to two seemingly broken people. And then never completely fixes them.

rubyslippersreads I found the ending extremely frustrating. 10mo
Moonprismpower @rubyslippersreads exactly. I wanted to yell at Marianne. And I wanted to send them both to couples therapy. 10mo
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mhillis
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Not my favorite but I‘d still like to read Conversations with Friends. Book Five for #MarvellousMarch 🌼

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 10mo
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maich
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#LitsySpringBreak #Ireland
#WindsofMarch #StPatrickDay
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @thekidsupstair @Eggs

"Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head."
-Normal People, Sally Rooney

I read it 2weeks ago. Sally is Irish author and book is set in Ireland.☘☘

#march #normalpeople #sallyrooney #slovenianedition #hardcover #litsyfun

Eggs Nicely done ✅ 10mo
CarolineLovesToRead Reading this one now. Half way through and can't put it down 10mo
maich @Eggs 💚💚❤ 10mo
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TheKidUpstairs Loved this one 10mo
maich @TheKidUpstairs 💚💚❤ 10mo
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elisebarker
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I loved this book! The relationship between the characters was subtle, but beautiful.

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Addison_Reads
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I admit that I was reluctant to read this book since love stories are usually not my cup of tea. However, this is certainly not your typical love story.

I was engaged from the start and curious to see how life would play out for the two main characters. Now I'll have to give the show a chance. 💚

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

readordierachel Yay! I'm glad you liked it! 11mo
Addison_Reads @readordierachel I want to read her other books now. I really enjoyed the way she writes. Is there another by her that you'd recommend? 11mo
readordierachel As far as I know she's only written 2 novels so far (a third is coming out this year, I think). If you liked this one, I think you would like her other novel too. I loved it 11mo
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ferskner
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Oh my goodness, this book...I was ready to hate it because a lot of snobby people were raving about it, but this wasn't overrated at all. I stayed up too late reading and cried multiple times. (But the show is even better!!!)

#pop21 #bookeveryoneseemstohavereadbutyou #mmdchallenge #bookeveryonehasreadbutyou

Kalalalatja It is so good!! 🙌 11mo
LaraReads Agreed! On all of that! 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you Jennifer for this awesome surprise I found on my porch!! You‘re too sweet just like this candy!! Thanks for your friendship ❤️❤️

Jas16 I am so sorry it took so long to arrive! 11mo
UwannaPublishme See‘s! Yummy! 11mo
Cathythoughts So lovely ! Normal People is good , I think ! 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 no worries!! The isn‘t even running here right now!! 11mo
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MyBookSwapClub
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Read or listened to this?

TheLudicReader Read and then watch the series, which is awesome. 11mo
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Emmalou_56
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Loved this story! So different and definitely not the standard, predictable love story we‘ve come to expect from the romance genre. I read this after watching the TV series and I was surprised how true to the book the series was. I did find it a bit slow in places, but all in all a romance with something a bit different and a definite pick for those that want romance but without the cliche.