• Sushma Ramesh

Normal people by Sally Rooney

  • Book Name: Normal people

  • Author: Sally Rooney

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber

  • Price: 460 INR for paperback (189 INR for kindle)

  • Available on: Amazon & Flipkart

About the Book:

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins.

Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.

About the Author:

Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesGranta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, she is the author of Conversations with Friends. In 2019, she was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

My take on the Book:

I picked up this book after hearing so many good things about it, and honestly speaking I have a love and hate relationship with this book right now. Starting off with the characters, I absolutely loved Marianne and Connell, but it took me almost the entire book to get connected to these two and the relationship they shared was clumsy and weird, to be honest. The entire book revolves around just these two main leads and their on/off relationship status. I liked the idea of putting out a more realistic plot rather than a fairy tale kind of love story, but that same thing depressed me really bad. The climax too was really frustrating and after I finished the book, I was confused and disappointed. If I should put it up in one sentence, I would say everything in the book failed me but I’m still not ready to let it go. Would this change if I watch the series? Will it so happen that a series adaptation is better than a book to me? Only time will tell.

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟

My favorite Quote from the Book:

“No one can be independent of other people completely, so why not give up the attempt, she thought, go running in the other direction, depend on people for everything, allow them to depend on you, why not.”