No spoilers, because I’m a good person.
I know, I know. Everyone and their grandma has read or seen (or both!) Normal People. If you haven’t yet, I’m just gonna go ahead and assume you live under a rock. Or you’ve been busy. Or had other priorities.
Aaaanyway. I did something that I’ve probably never done before: I watched the TV adaptation before I read the book. And let me tell you, it was the best thing. The series was incredibly well made, and the actors who play the main characters, Marianne and Connell, are 💜. I think a big part of why I found it easy to get into the story and into Sally Rooney’s writing style was because I already had a hunch about what was gonna happen. I have to warn you, though, a lot of people find her writing style unconventional and I’ve read reviews which said that her thoughts are very scattered and the storyline is a bit difficult to follow.
The book is a chronological order of how events unraveled. It’s about a love story between Connell and Marianne, but not your average love story. I couldn’t put this book down, and frankly, I binged the TV adaptation, too. It takes place in Ireland and it’s about the life of two high school students who go into the same university and deal with everything in between. Except it’s a lot more complicated than that, but this isn’t a book I want to spoil.
So, go get yourself a copy, and e-mail me after you’ve read it so we can discuss! 🥳
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