Love stories or romance is a genre that usually doesn’t please me, it could be because of the few not so good books I mistakenly read during my early reading years, which have had a very clumsy writing or amateurish words or sentences or a pointless plot that left me feeling so dismissive of this genre.
I read few excerpts of Normal People over the internet shared by readers or quoters, where I came crossed sentences that were affecting or touching, and then I heeded to all the recommendations for this book, realizing Normal People should be part of my ‘to be read’ list.
“Her eyes fill up with tears again and she closes them. Even in memory she will find this moment unbearably intense, and she’s aware of this now, while it’s happening. She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life.”
The book starts well, Marianne and Connell are together in school from the same small town in the west of Ireland, where the former is rich and a loner while the latter has many friends and his mother works as a house cleaner at the former’s house. Being uncertain and hesitant of their feelings, they part ways after school, they meet again at Trinity College in Dublin, where Marianne had many friends and Connell feels alone. Switching between the viewpoint of both Marianne and Connell, the book moves ahead detailing their friendship, mutual admiration, unspoken love, and affection.
Rooney’s words flow leisurely and easily into the mind that I found myself taken up in her narrative, engrossed in her warm prose. Her writing is straight yet poignant, facile yet emotional. She pleasingly conveyed the feelings of teenage lovers, learning with their faults, gaining confidence in speaking up, clearing disagreements, and differences. He writing is the prominent reason why one should read Normal People.
Keeping all the praise aside, what didn’t convince me was the plot of the book. I felt it was a bit dragged at a few places with no logical significance of the circumstances. I also got a little annoyed with the on and off relationship of Connell and Marianne which showed their doubtful and hesitant behavior towards each other. Though such things happen in the teenage years, both of them seemed to be extremely confused and unable to understand what they truly want. Besides, the end left me like, ‘how this love story ends?’. I was already annoyed for so much exaggeration of their relationships and the ending did add more up to it.
I’ll recommend Normal People for its moving words, genuine characters and emotional teenage connect. I had a great time reading it, also motivated to explore this genre only after reading a few excerpts before.
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Title: Normal People
Author: Sally Rooney
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publishing Date: May 2019
My Rating: 4 stars