Normal People

Normal People

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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"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 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" --
Topical Term: First loves
Social classes
Man-woman relationships
College students
Dublin (Ireland)
Large type books
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780593168202
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 388 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
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Rooney dramatizes with excruciating insight the entwined lives of a high school couple as they mature into college students, bringing to light how her contemporaries think and act in private, and showing us ourselves in their predicaments.

Both of Sally Rooney’s novels capture the millennial ethos with raw honesty and impeccable insight. But what she broke ground with in Conversations With Friends, she perfected in Normal People. It’s a love story that feels both conventional and brand-new, hopping back and forth between two narrat... Read More »

Coming off her lauded debut, Conversations With Friends, Rooney has written a sweeping romance for her second literary act. It’s already an award-winning hit in her native U.K.

“Follows the complicated relationship between Connell, a popular boy, and Marianne, a lonely and private girl, through their high school years and college. A great book club pick. For fans of Three Junes by Julia Glass and Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.”

Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chand... Read More »

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Nov 19, 2019

Named one of Chatelaine magazine's Buzziest Books of 2019

Petehere99 Nov 18, 2019

The author Sally Rooney tells the coming-of-age story of Connell and Marianne, star-crossed on and off lovers set in Ireland. They first meet as schoolmates in a small town where Connell’s mother works as a maid in Marianne’s house. Later on, they both attend Trinity College in Dublin. At first, Marianne is such an outcast that Connell is mortified just to be seen with her. And Connell is so self-conscious that an act of cruelty is justified to preserve his social status. What are the odds that such an unlikely couple could connect, let alone build a relationship? As they find, chemistry and attraction are often mysterious entities. For despite differences in class and social circles, sometimes it all comes down to two people, two very normal people. I have to say, I haven’t read a novel this good in quite some time. The author’s physical descriptions are sparse, but that works here because you get such a window into their inner thoughts and feelings that your imagination takes care of everything else. I was blown away by this book and cannot wait to read her previous effort, Conversations With Friends.

Oct 22, 2019

This book was infuriating... which, for me, means it is well worth the time investment. The way Rooney is able to clue the reader in with pseudo-psychological insights about these characters, had me attempting to guess their next steps, and hoping for the best, while ultimately becoming disappointment when their moves seemed predictable. Naturally it was a quick read. Two damaged kids from different backgrounds set in Ireland? Brace for tension.

Oct 15, 2019

Loved this book. Beautifully written character study that is impossible to put down. Touching and interesting.

Oct 05, 2019

I went back and forth on whether I was liking this book. I felt frustrated and annoyed for a lot of it, but perhaps I am too far from (or too close to?) that existential crisis/college time of life where trauma and mental illness are romanticized. I think the issues I have with the storyline and themes might just be a reflection of my own. I've landed on 4 stars because I really enjoyed Rooney's writing style and character development.

Sep 18, 2019

Really? Bestseller? Man Booker prize contender? What?!

It makes me sad to think that this is the Literature that excites now. If the Earth survives, I'd bet good money no one will be reading this book or even remember the name of it five years from now.

Sep 08, 2019

Story summarizes itself on p268 "...observe the chemistry between two people who, over the course of several years, apparently could not leave one another alone." From senior months of high school until completing college these 2 young people struggle with who they are - to themselves & each other.

ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 08, 2019

Can love heal childhood trauma? A book of tender, erotic love.

Sep 03, 2019

This is not a plot driven novel.
Otherwise ,It’s just a story of two immature teens who move into
Adulthood with a strong sexual attraction one to the other.
It’s strength lies in their psychological evolution:
Marianne presents as an unlikable character- but she is mostly unlikable to herself.
And she knows she is disliked;she encourages it and wears it as a kind of protective shroud-
Keeping others at bay from herself and her secrets..which are not revealed until near the end.
Connell who rides in and out of her life plays the rescuer; but he is constantly undone by Marianne’s insecurity and cannot erase her wounds.
Only one of them knows they are not Normal People while the other trys and fails to
Make them so.
Well done and in the company of Clare Messud’s The woman Upstairs,and Tessa Hadley’s
Late in the Day.

Sep 02, 2019

I don't get what all the fuss is about this book. I've lost interest half way through and probably won't finish it. Characters are well written but the plot is tedious.

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Aug 04, 2019

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SPL_HEATHERL Jun 25, 2019

Connell and Marianne attend the same high school in small town, present day
Ireland. On the surface they have nothing in common and probably wouldn't
have crossed paths outside school had it not been for the fact that
Connell's mother cleans house for Marianne's mother and Connell waits at the
house to take his mother home every day. So begins a friendship that is kept
hidden from their school friends because at school Connell is one of the
popular and confident kids, and Marianne is considered an awkward oddity,
having no friends, but really not caring either. Connell is embarrassed to
be seen at school with Marianne and Marianne seems to accept that they
shouldn't acknowledge each other.

Skip ahead a year, and the two are at university in Dublin. Marianne has
found her confidence and is popular and outgoing, while Connell can only
stand looking on from the sidelines uncertain with what to do with his life.
Despite the changes in their circumstances they are each supportive of the
other, and through numerous personal, sometimes destructive relationships,
they always eventually gravitate towards one another.

Normal People could be called a coming of age novel and the central
characters are young people, but it isn't necessarily a young adult novel. I
don't think Rooney is aiming to write for any particular generation because
what Connell and Marianne go through is applicable to most of us whatever
our ages. It's not quite a romance either, but it is a love story. It almost
defies categorization. Ultimately I think it's a novel about integrity and
doing the right thing for the person you love, all the while knowing that
your own life will likely be changed and diminished. It's a novel about pure
love, love that is capable of overcoming everything, including shame and
Nominated for the Booker prize, Sally Rooney's writing is beautiful, and
each new chapter is a snapshot in the lives of two flawed but hopeful young


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ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 17, 2019

He makes a facial expression she can't interpret, kind of raising his eyebrows, or frowning. When they get back to his house the windows are all dark and Lorraine is in bed. In Connell's room he and Marianne lie down together whispering. He tells her she's beautiful. pg. 45


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