Book : Normal People
written by Sally Rooney, published by Faber & Faber
genre novel / fiction, 266 pages
Last year, I read ‘Normal People’ when my boyfriend and I spend a couple of days in Edinburgh (UK). It was the first time that I visited this beautiful and romantic city, it also was the first time that I read a novel by this very talented young writer. We really enjoyed our days exploring the city, the nights I mostly spend reading this book in our hotel room. It’s one year later and again I’m reading Normal People. Despite being stuck at home due to Covid-19, reading this book makes me feel like I’m back in Edinburgh again. A nice little extra, which makes the experience even better.
“All these years they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same pot of soil,
growing around one another, contorting to make room,
taking certain unlikely positions.”
Normal People is a coming of age story and a love story. It’s the story of Marianne and Connell; two young people growing up Carriclea, a little town in Ireland. Despite going to the same school, their lives are as different as can be. Connell lives with his nice mom, who’s the cleaning lady of Marianne’s family house. Marianne, the daughter of a rich family, grows up in a surrounding of wealth but without the love and safety a home and family should provide. Connell is one of the most popular guys in school and Marianne not only is having a hard time at home, at school she also doesn’t fit in.
At university a new life begins for both of them and their social status starts to take shape differently. Will their love survive these complicating circumstances?
“It’s funny the decisions you make because you like someone, he says,
and then your whole life is different.”
Normal People is Rooney’s second novel and writing this short book review got me curious to also check out her first novel ‘Conversations with friends’. Judging by all the positive reviews this debut novel got, I can’t wait to read that too.
For more information about Sally Rooney, check out her page on the Faber & Faber website.