THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A BBC ONE DRAMA ADAPTATION CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION
WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018
WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins.
Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We, like pretty much everyone fortunate enough to read it, adored Conversations with Friends. Sally Rooney’s debut was an exquisite dissection of human relationships, and her follow-up sees her writing evolve in stunning new ways. Normal People covers a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl; they confront conflicting social statuses, confused feelings and secrets; and circumstances threaten to keep the pair apart while we root for true love to prevail. But Rooney’s too good a writer to fall prey to cliché. Wonderfully generous with detail, she brings us into her star-crossed lovers Marianne and Connell’s passions and idiosyncrasies. Within a few pages, it becomes very obvious that these two are anything but normal people.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Wanted to know how it would end but the ending would have liked them to have made a firm commitment such as get married.
The back and forth of this book was tiring. I felt like the story didn’t really go anywhere and the ending poor.
I really enjoyed the TV show and how real the relationship was especially the part about how lack of communication can break up the relationship. I read the book after watching the show as I couldn’t get enough. I enjoyed it as it had more details that weren’t shown in the show but referred to. I think reading the book after watching the show is better as the going back in time parts of the book could be hard to grasp mid way through a chapter.
The only thing I would change is 1) the name- I would call it: Other people, as they always mention “it’s not like this with other people” so that had more meaning to me. 2) having “quotation” marks when someone is saying something as it can get missed.
I loved it, read it in 24 hours! The end doesn’t really leave you anywhere, but that’s what makes it so good. It’s like in real life, you never know what will happen when you break up with someone!