Normal People - Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney

  • Release Date: 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 619 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from Sally Rooney, the author of Conversations with Friends and “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).
COMING TO HULU IN 2020 • “Fresh and accessible . . . There is so much to say about Rooney’s fiction—in my experience, when people who’ve read her meet they tend to peel off into corners to talk.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
Praise for Normal People
“I went into a tunnel with this book and didn’t want to come out. Absolutely engrossing and surprisingly heartbreaking with more depth, subtlety, and insight than any one novel deserves.”—Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter
“Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.”The Wall Street Journal, “12 Best Books of Spring”

“[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”The New Yorker


  • Normal People

    By MrsAPR
    It was a difficult book to keep reading. Kept wanting to find a point where it was a good read. Finished it, but felt it was too weird a story and a waste of time.
  • Endinn

    By LaurenJHB
    The story lacked any type of ending. I was searching for what the point of the book was and never found it..
  • Only 300 pages????

    By EnglishMajorProblems
    I wish I had known I was buying a short story for the price of a full book. Even then, I didn’t enjoy the story, so it’s ok it ended early.
  • Gets to the absolute core of these two characters

    By Scripturegirl8
    A deep, indelible portrait of the connection between two people through every stage of their young lives. Also, a poignant reflection on mental health - probably the best portrait of living with chronic anxiety I’ve ever read.
  • Normal People

    By LWC1412
    This book was so cliche. We have read this story a hundred times. Boy thinks girl is reacting the opposite of the way she is feeling and they split. Then visa versa. Over and over and over!!! So depressing!!
  • Painfully, beautifully real

    By danad429
    Normal People spoke to me in a way a novel has not in a very long time. I felt the character’s pain and applaud the novel’s vulnerability.
  • Fair

    By fam rm
    While the characters’ relationship was well developed and writing was good, I finished reading it thinking what was the point.
  • Dissatisfied

    By Raelatendress
    The lack of punctuation is astonishing. Complete waste of money.
  • Honestly Beautiful

    By cubbie1342
    I was hooked and loved every minute of it! I felt the pull and struggle of these two characters as if they were part of my family. It was as real a story as I’ve ever felt.
  • Horrible

    By Lauer power
    I kept thinking, geez this book has to get better. No such luck😌