Normal People: A tale of oddity ★★★

“All these years, they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions.” – Sally Rooney

  • The entire narrative is about its characters and their progression over the years.
  • It is an unlikely love story which can tear you apart but can fill your heart with warmth.
  • The novel is gripping in the beginning but plummets down in the middle.
  • It talks about issues like depression and people transcending it.
  • A twisted tale of two people falling in love over and over again but being apart till the very end.

Normal People is not a usual teenage romance but a tale of fondness which grows with time.

The chemistry between Marianne and Connell is evident from the beginning of the novel. The various ups and down in their un-normal relationship is what the plot of the book constitutes. They share a unique sense of identity of their own with each other which is very different for the outside world. Together they explore their sexuality, passion for literature and for one another over the years.

Marianne redefines the meaning of being ‘Normal’

Marianne is portrayed as weird, mysterious and detested in school whereas Connell is portrayed quite the opposite. He is very popular and plays football. For her, wearing the school uniform is very abnormal behaviour but it seems pretty normal to others. Her troubled relations at home makes her vulnerable and she starts believing that she doesn’t deserve to be loved. As the novel progresses, she makes us feel pity for her, annoyed at her and we wonder at her choices which seems very abnormal of her. But instead what is normal?

You won’t fall in love with the characters

You may or may not find the characters relatable but you would be willing to know to what extent Marianne and Connell will take you in their emotional roller-coster journey.

Sally Rooney talks about issues like depression, classism and an apt way of dealing with them

Connell’s mother works for Marianne’s family. However, the class difference seems to vanish as the book progresses. It only remains a financial standpoint for Connell to aim for something which Marianne could easily pursue as it never becomes a decisive factor for their relationship.


You should read this book if you are in for an emotional ride in Rooney’s words. However, if you are plot driven then this might disappoint you. The characters are not relatable but you certainly would want to know more about them. If you liked this review and would like to buy a copy then please consider buying it from Amazon.

Rating: 3/5 ★★★

Happy Reading,
Mini

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