Book: Normal People

Originally Published: August 28, 2018

By: Sally Rooney

Before the now-hit television adaptation, Sally Rooney brought the characters of Connell and Marianne to life on the page in a stellar novel.

Connell is a star athlete at school whose mom cleans for the family of his classmate Marianne, who’s a shy outcast. They enter in a secret romance that continues when they both attend Trinity College Dublin. At TCD, Marianne breaks out of her shell, while Connell struggles in a post-secondary life.

Rooney writes a fantastic and realistic romance between Connell and Marianne. It’s not a fairytale story that you’ll look to have in your life, but it explores hardships, mental health and socioeconomic backgrounds.

It’s set in a point in time with an open ending, which reflects that all romance in life is just a chapter of who we are.

Final say: Normal is special. ★★★★☆

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