Sally Rooney brings to life a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
By Wendy Turner
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping 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 in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, 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.
Life is pretty hectic at the minute yet I still found the time to read Normal people it in two weeks. It's very rare that you pick a book up and can't put it down. You too will be gripped on the complex journey of love between these two friends stroke lovers.