Normal People by Sally Rooney (2018) 

Review by Nicolina- Pace

Genre: Romance Ficiton

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Rating: 10 out of 10


The years before we become true adults are what molds us into who we are. Our experiences, our actions, and words, all begin to weave themselves into our personalities. Love seems to be simple, but in most cases, miscommunication is the root of many problems. To listen is one thing, but to understand is another. Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, and through the years begin to lose each other and find one another again and again. With each other they learn what love means, what friendship is, and that sometimes you must let things go for them to return. As they search for themselves, they watch the other transform into something beautiful. and magnetic, before each others eyes.

I absolutely adored this story. Sally Rooney's writing style can be seen as an acquired taste. Although Rooney chooses to use no quotation marks in her novel, the lack of them is perhaps intended to illuminate the miscommunication that surrounds the entire book, as even the readers get lost in what is and is not said. I thoroughly enjoyed her realism in the outcome of her novel and felt that her choice of making it character-driven was crafted perfectly.

I would suggest this book for readers 18+.