Normal People by Sally Rooney
This is a riveting character based literary fiction book, Normal People by Sally Rooney. It follows the life of two people Marianne and Connell, they know each other in high school, and have a weird but instant connection. Connell is well known, well liked, uber popular. While his counter part Marianne is the exact opposite, she is an outcast. But better yet Marianne does not care, she walks her own walk and does it proudly. But what we get is a sense of kindred spirits, there is an unspoken and intense connection between the two of them. They go through high school and many other fazes of life in and out of each other’s life, that invisible string that ties two souls together and tugs at certain moments in life. I was left touched, provoked, and moved by Sally Rooney’s magnificent writing.
With Marianne it was different, because everything was between them only, even awkward or difficult things.”
After most social media users, I was enticed by such a vivid and provoking show coming up on Hulu, I then remembered the book its based on, Normal People by Sally Rooney. I also notice last year in the bookstagram community this book with the blocked blue and green colored cover ravaged all sorts of readers on social media. I had added it to my Goodreads TBR and forgot until recently. Feeling enticed from the trailer, I had to jump on the opportunity to read the book first.
I am so happy I did follow the booksta trend, this book is exceptional. From the first chapter the honest interactions of Marianne and Connell their strange chemistry and awkward conversations, I was captivated. Sally Rooney is an expert at capturing such honest, sensual, heart breaking, relationship between two people. This novel wasn’t something light and fluffy, it has depth, it is an observation of humans drifting apart and coming back together. It’s sultry and yet grimy, its animalistic yet sophisticated, it has depth of two people that understand each other by just mere looks and touch. I felt compelled all the way to the last page.
For a few seconds he says nothing, and the intensity of the privacy between them is very severe, pressing in on him with an almost physical pressure on his face and body.”
If you find yourself searching for a book to finish on one sitting this here is what you need, Normal People by Sally Rooney. Very rarely do we get gems like this that observe the human interaction, that can catch all those words between breaths like this. It stunned me into a deeper understanding for feelings and thoughts. I highly recommend for those searching for something deep and moving.
Order your own copy of Normal People by Sally Rooney here! Read it before the show premiers, it’s so worth it.