Review: Normal People
Connell and Marianne both grow up in the same town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. But they both get places to study at university in Dublin, and a connection that has grown between them despite the social tangle of school lasts long into the following years.
Sally Rooney's second novel is a deeply political novel, just as it's also a novel about love. It's about how difficult it is to speak to what you feel and how difficult it is to change. It's wry and seductive; perceptive and bold. It will make you cry and you will know yourself through it.
Normal People is a really unconventional love story paired with a protagonist that I just could not like or empathize with. Marianne was strange, sure, but I expected some type of character growth from her. It’s like she just kept getting worse, more disturbed and less confident in herself and her decisions as time went on instead of the opposite happening. I adored Connell but there were plenty of times I was just saying, “WTF are you doing, Connell?” out of pure frustration. And pretty much all of the other characters in this with the exception of Niall were so one-dimensional, shallow and ridiculous that I sincerely hope they’re just an exaggeration and aren’t inspired by real people.
I didn’t particularly like the writing style - it just wasn’t for me and took me a while to get through quite honestly. 3 stars because it did keep my interest throughout.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.