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Literary fiction

Normal People

by Sally Rooney

Quick take

Two misfits share an on-again, off-again romance in this wise coming-of-age story about friendship and belonging.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • Cerebral

  • Teens

  • Buzzy

Caution

  • Themes of depression and abuse
  • Flawed characters
  • Little punctuation

Why I love it

We all have had that one person who really just “gets” us and understands us when no one else does. Maybe it works out with them, maybe it doesn’t. Regardless, they’re that person we keep going back to—for better or worse. Normal People explores that sort of (confusing) relationship. At its core, it’s about love—but don’t mistake it for a romance.

In a small town in Ireland, Connell and Marianne ...

Synopsis

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 a...

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    April 2019