Rating: ★★★★★

«Normal People» is a novel written by the Irish writer Sally Rooney. It goes deeply into human relationships and how complex they can be, focusing on two characters Connell and Marianne.

The story takes place in a small Irish town and also in Dublin. It follows the story of Connell and Marianne, two deeply damaged characters. Throughout the novel Conell struggles with a bunch of insecurities, which contrasts with Marianne’s confidence. Even though she seems to be a strong woman, deep inside she is vulnerable and she has gone through painful experiences.

Although the connection between them is magnetic, the novel also portrays how miscommunication can damage relationships. As a reader, you often have the desire of getting into the novel in order to make them talk and solve their problems.

The novel also explores topics such as mental health problems, privilege, literature and human relationships.

Sally Rooney way of writing is simple but captivating. She has the ability to dissect simple habits or day-to-day routines and make them special.

If you are looking for a breath-taking story. This novel is definitely not for you. It is not a plot novel, it is a character  one. You just have to appreciate Rooney´s storytelling and the character’s development.

In conclusion, «Normal People» by Sally Rooney is a thought-provoking novel perfect for those people who are interested in the relationships complexity and identity development. I really encourage people to read this novel, especially during winter because of its soothing atmosphere.

Teresa Leiva Redondo (2º Bachillerato A)