Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

“I’m not a religious person but I do sometimes think God made you for me.”

Published in 2018, Normal People by Sally Rooney follows Connell and Marianne who grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In 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.

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Audiobook Review: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

“Everyone’s always going through something, aren’t they? That’s life, basically. It’s just more and more things to go through.”

Published in 2017, Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney follows twenty-one-year-old Frances, a student in Dublin and an aspiring writer. At night, she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they befriend Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to actor Nick, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

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TV Review: Normal People (BBC) – Miniseries

Based on Sally Rooney‘s New York Times best-selling novel, Normal People is written by Rooney and Alice Birch, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, and aired on BBC One in April 2020. The series tracks the tender but complicated relationship between Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives. From their school days in a small town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College, a strange and indelible connection grows between them.

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