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Normal People by Sally Rooney (2018)

Updated: Mar 16

Finished: 05/03/20


Grade: A-


In a small town in Ireland an unlikely relationship blossoms between two high school students: Marianne (A social outcast from a wealthy family) and Connell (A popular boy from a working class family). The book follows the twists and turns of their on-again-off-again romance as they struggle to find themselves in high school and then through college.


Equal parts romance novel and serious literature, this book is emotionally intense, fast paced, and singularly focused, just like so many teenage relationships.


It starts to drag towards the end, and some of the characters were just shy of believable, but overall a fun book full of truth. Reminded me of some of the worst times of my life! Wow!


Big ups to Margot Downey for loaning me this bad boy!


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