books and reading

Normal People

I was very skeptical about this book that EVERYONE was raving about. Review after review. Friend after friend. No way would a book about a relationship between two people would be that great. At least not to me. I’m not a fan of this type of book. At all. Give me a good horror, dystopian, or thriller. But books about people where literally nothing happens. Ugh.

You guys. I loved this book. I have no explanation. The style is wonky. Rooney doesn’t use quotation marks. Once you get that, it’s not hard to follow. The story follows Marianne and Connell through their teens and early 20s. They are best friends and sometimes lovers who really only understand each other in a world where no one else does. Marianne is an outcast in high school. where Connell is popular. In college, their roles reverse, leaving them both struggling with this switch.

I really don’t have an explanation for why I like this book. Both Marianne and Connell are endearing in one moment and utter brats in the next. I want to hug them both and strangle them both. As much as they frustrated me at times, I was also rooting for them to find their places in the world, whether they were going to share one or not. Maybe what I loved was that, even though my college days are long gone, I’ve never truly felt like a normal person and both Marianne and Connell felt familiar to me.