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Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.8 Inch (W) x .9 Inch (D)

Weight: .9 Pounds

Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 272

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Psychological, Coming of Age, Literary

Publisher: Random House Inc

Author: Sally Rooney

Language: English

Street Date: April 16, 2019
TCIN: 54290748
UPC: 9781984822178
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-1167
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

"Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom by Faber & Faber, London, in 2018"--Copyright page.

Book Synopsis

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships" (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, "a master of the literary page-turner" (J. Courtney Sullivan).


TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR--People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson

AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR--The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At 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.

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.

Normal People is the 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 that they can't.

Praise for Normal People

"[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting."--The Washington Post

"Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney's elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance."--The Wall Street Journal

"[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I've read."--The New Yorker

Review Quotes

"[Rooney] has invented a sensibility entirely of her own: sunny and sharp, free of artifice but overflowing with wisdom and intensity. . . . The novel touches on class, politics, and power dynamics and brims with the sparky, witty conversation that Rooney's fans will recognize."--Vogue

"A future classic."--The Guardian

"Rooney is a tough girl; her papercut-sharp sensibility is much more akin to writers like Rachel Kushner, Mary Gaitskill, and the pre-Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan. . . . Normal People is a nuanced and flinty love story about two young people who 'get' each other, despite class differences and the interference of their own vigorous personal demons. But honestly, Sally Rooney could write a novel about bath mats and I'd still read it. She's that good and that singular a writer."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

"[Rooney] has written two fresh and accessible novels. . . . There is so much to say about Rooney's fiction--in my experience, when people who've read her meet they tend to peel off into corners to talk."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"[Rooney's] two carefully observed and gentle comedies of manners . . . are tender portraits of Irish college students. . . . Remarkably precise--she captures meticulously the way a generation raised on social data thinks and talks."--New York Review of Books

"Normal People tackles millennial concerns with nineteenth-century wit . . . the millennial generation would no doubt be happy to accept her as its spokesperson were she so inclined."--Elle

"I'm transfixed by the way Rooney works, and I'm hardly the only one . . . like any confident couturier, she's slicing the free flow of words into the perfect shape. . . . She writes about tricky commonplace things (text messages, sex) with a familiarity no one else has."--The Paris Review

"Funny and intellectually agile . . . [combines] deft social observation--especially of shifts of power between individuals and groups--with acute feeling . . . [Rooney is] a master of the kind of millennial deadpan that appears to skewer a whole life and personality in a sentence or two."--Harper's Magazine

"Beautifully observed . . . crackles with vivid insight into what it means to be young and in love today."--Esquire

"I went into a tunnel with this book and didn't want to come out. Absolutely engrossing and surprisingly heart-breaking with more depth, subtlety, and insight than any one novel deserves. Young love is a subject of much scorn, but Rooney understands the cataclysmic effects our youth has on the people we become. She has restored not only love's dignity, but also its significance."--Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

"Masterfully done. The quality of Rooney's writing, particularly in the psychologically wrought sex scenes, cannot be understated as she brilliantly provides a window into her protagonists' true selves."--BookPage (starred review)

About The Author

Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, she is the author of Conversations with Friends. In 2019, she was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list.
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3.8 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews
75% would recommend
16 recommendations


1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
mv - 2 months ago
it’s so bad i don’t recommend it
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4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Leila G - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
i liked this book, but i didn’t love it.
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not good.. at all.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
maddie - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
I really wanted to like this book. sadly I found the characters extremely unlikable and the writing style just was not for me at all. there’s no quotation marks, which you get used to, but it’s just all over the place and was boring and I felt very detached from the characters. first book I haven’t liked in years, so bummed
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Very confusing

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
dandydancer - 9 months ago
There were no quotation marks so it made it very confusing if it was narrating or talking. I had to reread something: 2-3 times before I could comprehend who is talking. First dnf for a while :(
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Not What I Expected

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
bookreview - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
This book was honestly very disappointing. While I enjoyed the characters, the story line was all over the place. The writing was equally unappealing as none of the dialogue was in quotes. When you get to the end, you’re kind of upset you had wasted your time with it.
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Read it

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
meh - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Couldn’t put it down. Stayed in my mind long after finishing it. I do prefer her second book Conversations With Friends but this one was also very memorable.
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4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Hannah - 1 year ago
Weirdly enough I would say watch the show before reading this book. The show did an AMAZING job. I only loved the book because of the love I have for the show. Sally Rooney has a weird way of writing and it’s a bit confusing due to the lack of punctuation and quotation marks. But this is a good, non traditional story that makes you feel something.
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3 out of 5 stars
Best prices - 1 year ago
If you're under 17, don't read this book. It has inappropriate parts and bad language. Drinking, Adult stuff, ect. I am under 17 and found this book by Tiktok, a lot of people recommended it and said it was such a great book. Once I got the book, I was so thrilled. But started reading and was disappointed. Books can be so great without inappropriate stuff, let's just say Birds and bees. And show the love and romance without that. Do not recommend it and isn't that special.
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yes yes yes!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
cyn - 2 years ago
loved this book! Rooney does a perfect job at describing college angst
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I loved it!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Val - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
One of the best books I read on 2020
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Just buy it

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Nina - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
If you’re starting to read or want to pick up reading, this is a great book! Intended for hs and college students! Really fast read too!
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Fantastic Book

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
LeahLustig - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Great book! Couldn’t put it down. Strongly recommend for college age adults
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5 out of 5 stars
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anon - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
WOW! I watched the series on Hulu & loved it so much I knew I'd love the book even more. SUCH a good read!
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Great read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Victoria - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Loved this book! Read it all in one day, very witty and thought provoking. Will definitely be gifting.
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Instant classic

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
- 2 years ago
Exactly like the show! So gut-wrenching, real, and lovely. Could not put it down.
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
targetlover12 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I can’t put this book down! It’s truly a story about love and friendship. This book took me three sittings to complete it. It would have taken me less, but I work two jobs. Highly recommend.
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2 out of 5 stars
Brittany - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
The product from target was fine. The book was uninspired and plotless. I did not enjoy the author's formatting choices and writing style.
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Becky - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Could not put down. Cannot stop thinking about.
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