Normal People

Normal People

A Novel

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"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" -- Amazon.com.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, 2019
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781984822178
1984822179
Branch Call Number: FICTION Roo
Description: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's the popular and well-adjusted star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But a connection grows between the two teenagers--one they are determined to conceal. Later in college, their ro... Read More »

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. 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.


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Dee_BPL
Jul 29, 2020

Fantastic audiobook!

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elizabethdobbie
Jul 20, 2020

Adored it. It was so well written and flowed effortlessly despite seemingly empty dialogue of frequently used words like 'uh' and 'yeah'. Best romance book I've ever read. The TV series is also perfect and beautiful. I hear in an interview with Sally Rooney that she wrote and discarded more scenes then the length of the finish product. She clearly knows how to craft a spellbinding relationship.

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ReadingIsSexxy
Jul 19, 2020

Brilliant and rewarding read without all the cliches of a typical ‘romance’ story. Perfect quarantine read.

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maggiepcurtis
Jul 06, 2020

Being adapted for Hulu

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ellenorndorf
Jun 06, 2020

Lauren Craft passed this along to me. Its about two people who's lives intersect. They support one another at difficult times. I enjoyed it very much. It was a COVID-19 read.

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Pol1916HL
May 24, 2020

Highly recommended by John Doyle, The Globe & Mail

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arfnmeo
May 20, 2020

I couldn’t get past the first chapter due to the lack of quotation marks. It was difficult trying to figure out who was talking at any given time or whether a character was thinking something in their head versus saying it aloud. I never fully appreciated quotation marks until now! The author’s decision to make this stylistic choice was a poor one.

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lpreston214
May 14, 2020

I wouldn't usually even pickup up a "relationship" book but I'd heard some buzz. So glad I read it. Marianne and Connell are two brilliant young people trying to figure out how they fit in the world. As they move through high school and college the only constant in their lives is each other--neither one a "normal" person. By the end of the book I think they've grown and seemed to be near the conclusion most of us eventually reach: normality is a myth. Everyone and no one is normal. Brilliant writing with some very memorable passages.

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Llaureys66
Apr 29, 2020

Normal People is a well written book. Although I found Connell and Marianne's back and forth relationship frustrating, I realize that was the point of the story. I probably would of connected with the story better if I would of read it in my twenties.

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Geeky77
Apr 15, 2020

I like to listen to audio books as I clean the house. I’m so glad I listened to this book because if I were to have read it I wouldn’t have finished.

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 07, 2020

Marianne had a wildness that got into him for a while and made him feel that he was like her, that they had the same unnameable spiritual injury, and that neither of them could ever fit into the world. But he was never damaged like she was. She just made him feel that way.

There’s something frightening about her, some huge emptiness in the pit of her being. It’s like waiting for a lift to arrive and when the doors open nothing is there, just the terrible dark emptiness of the elevator shaft, on and on forever. She’s missing some primal instinct, self-defense or self-preservation, which makes other human beings comprehensible. You lean in expecting resistance, and everything just falls away in front of you.

ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 17, 2019

He makes a facial expression she can't interpret, kind of raising his eyebrows, or frowning. When they get back to his house the windows are all dark and Lorraine is in bed. In Connell's room he and Marianne lie down together whispering. He tells her she's beautiful. pg. 45

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SPL_HEATHERL Jun 25, 2019

Connell and Marianne attend the same high school in small town, present day
Ireland. On the surface they have nothing in common and probably wouldn't
have crossed paths outside school had it not been for the fact that
Connell's mother cleans house for Marianne's mother and Connell waits at the
house to take his mother home every day. So begins a friendship that is kept
hidden from their school friends because at school Connell is one of the
popular and confident kids, and Marianne is considered an awkward oddity,
having no friends, but really not caring either. Connell is embarrassed to
be seen at school with Marianne and Marianne seems to accept that they
shouldn't acknowledge each other.

Skip ahead a year, and the two are at university in Dublin. Marianne has
found her confidence and is popular and outgoing, while Connell can only
stand looking on from the sidelines uncertain with what to do with his life.
Despite the changes in their circumstances they are each supportive of the
other, and through numerous personal, sometimes destructive relationships,
they always eventually gravitate towards one another.

Normal People could be called a coming of age novel and the central
characters are young people, but it isn't necessarily a young adult novel. I
don't think Rooney is aiming to write for any particular generation because
what Connell and Marianne go through is applicable to most of us whatever
our ages. It's not quite a romance either, but it is a love story. It almost
defies categorization. Ultimately I think it's a novel about integrity and
doing the right thing for the person you love, all the while knowing that
your own life will likely be changed and diminished. It's a novel about pure
love, love that is capable of overcoming everything, including shame and
guilt.
Nominated for the Booker prize, Sally Rooney's writing is beautiful, and
each new chapter is a snapshot in the lives of two flawed but hopeful young
people.

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