Normal People

Normal People

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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: F ROONE-S
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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hollymsellers
Jan 20, 2020

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" --

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 17, 2020

I was seduced inwards to a life built by two teens growing up in pain and pleasure to be normalized. As predictable that the characters are in my grasp, as dangerous the inner world gripping me.
Her style is unique, loquacious (but like a melody and regulate my breath), sheen dulled to buff (with occasional vibrant red, like blood and lip, left in my memory), disguised in a veneer of nonchalance.
I don’t mind picking up a sequel (when Connell goes to New York), to confound how sick, disturbed, empty, weak normal people can cycle through.

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sarahjgrant
Jan 16, 2020

One of the best books of the year--simultaneously a page turner and a thought provoking interrogation of two individuals' tragically debilitating struggles to overcome the sense that they are less valuable than the people around them--those who ostensibly constitute the "normal people" (though the novel hints that many of its minor characters also struggle to perform "normal"--particularly in terms of defining any sort of "normal" hetero-masculinity or hetero-femininity--interestingly, the quiet suggestion is that the one gay couple slightly off stage in the book seems to be on surer footing). Rooney's latest is a coming of age novel with such exquisite character development that the action of the book comes mainly from the protagonists' evolving patterns of thought. That they (Connell and Marianne) are both brilliant individuals, makes it fascinating to spend this sort of time in their minds, and piece out how such gifted people with no impediments to success in the outside world, instead struggle to overcome the formidable barrier of their own hurt selves. While this is a theme taken up with some frequency in novels, Rooney's treatment feels uniquely observant and timely. A brilliant book.

HerrickDL_Laura Jan 16, 2020

A coming of age love story spanning from high school- graduate school. This emotional novel tells the story of a pair of “friends” that share a passionate desire for one another, but this attraction filters through an astronomical number of miscommunications. The author delves into the inner lives of these characters so the reader can see why they act as they do. I cannot wait to see the forthcoming 2020 series on BBC/HULU

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fionajay
Jan 13, 2020

Secret History meets Shades of Grey? Heartfelt attempt at bottling the essence of how it feels to be young, awkward, bullied and yet remain hopeful and passionate. Well written.

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selfishgiant
Jan 06, 2020

Best books of 2019, G and M culture contributers Dec. 28, 2019. Chose by two critics.

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MargeBanks
Jan 02, 2020

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ArunothiaM
Dec 26, 2019

I would have found this book romantic maybe like a few years ago but that would also be because of all the crap drama I have been fed with via movies. Drama is probably fun onscreen but is not likeable in real life. I didn't really enjoy reading this book but I think the author has done a decent job, it's just not in my taste though.

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JLMason
Dec 26, 2019

I can appreciate the writer’s skill in making the reader feel the intimacy between the two main characters. They are young, flawed, and needy, but one becomes emotionally invested in wanting them happy, hoping that their odd bond will mature with them over the years of the story as they muddle through their intertwined lives. Is this a healthy relationship? The end is deliberately frustrating, but somehow appropriate.

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Nov 19, 2019

Named one of Chatelaine magazine's Buzziest Books of 2019

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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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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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