Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People: A Novel by [Rooney, Sally]

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 5/9/19-5/10/19

I have always been extremely critical of books with unhealthy love stories. I always feel like in a lot of ways, there are some books that completely romanticize the idea of emotional and physical abuse. Let me also say, what you want to do in the bedroom is your thing, and while I am not going to pretend to understand what ya’ll are into, I do think that there is a difference between fetishes and abuse. (Side note: Just realized my grandmother is going to read this and that I just used the word “fetishes”. Don’t mind me dying of embarrassment.) To me, this book was just a story that romanticize something completely unhealthy and called it “love”.

This story follows Marianne and Connell as they go from the European version of seniors until they graduate university. Along the way, they have this relationship (choosing my words carefully, but btw Grammy, maybe don’t read this one?) and this overarching pull towards each other. Over a few years, you watch as their love for each other changes and grows as they do.

With all that being said, I truly loved the writing style and the way she storytold (TECHNICALLY this isn’t a word, but it should be). She had a way of telling the story where the reader felt a part of it, while also finding ways to keep the reader entertained. I just can’t get over the really crappy love story (in my opinion). I get it, that was the point of the story, but man, I just am not impressed.

I would rate this book 3 out of 5. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book.

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