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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  50,080 ratings  ·  4,681 reviews
A sharply intelligent novel about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple.

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed, and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind--and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Love
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Hogarth
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Tony Hassan I started quite enjoying it, but the further I read, the more irritating and unbelievable I found the characters. I wish I'd quit a quarter way…moreI started quite enjoying it, but the further I read, the more irritating and unbelievable I found the characters. I wish I'd quit a quarter way through. (less)
Ryan The cover illustration is not directly related to the text. The art is credited as "Sharon and Vivien" (detail), 2009, Alex Katz and thus appears to…moreThe cover illustration is not directly related to the text. The art is credited as "Sharon and Vivien" (detail), 2009, Alex Katz and thus appears to have been done prior to and independent of the text.

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Esil
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A very tepid 3 stars. Conversations with Friends is another one of those books about not particularly nice people entangled in awkward relationships. I've certainly read many books of this nature that I've found clever and quite enjoyed, but this one was just ok. Frances and Bobbi -- both young women who used to be in a relationship with each other -- become entangled with somewhat older heterosexual couple Nick and Melissa. It's all told from Frances' perspective. She doesn't seem to be able to ...more
Jill
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been thinking a lot about aging lately: the way our perspective changes and how our need for stability, trust and healthy relationships become so much more valued than intoxicating, crash-and-burn emotional roller-coasters of our younger years.

I say this as means of introduction because while reading Conversations with Friends, it occurred to me that those readers who are not familiar with the confusing yet exhilarating times of poor choices mixed with a great deal of egotism and sense of i
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Sam
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I didn't really respond well to Conversations with Friends. The writing itself is quite good in terms of realistic dialogue and description, but I found all of the characters entirely unlikable and hard to empathize with, very few with any positive animating traits, mostly just self-absorbed, narcissistic, occasionally cruel and capricious. Either in addition to or because I didn't respond to the characters, I also didn't respond to the plot well: the stakes seemed very low, there seemed to be l ...more
emma
just as just as just as good

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there's never a wrong time to read sally rooney.

even if that means a reread less than 5 months after the first time you read it.

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upping this to 5 stars because i can't stop thinking about it, and also in all that thinking i can't remember a single flaw

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I AM FEELING...SO MANY THINGS.

review to come / 4.5 stars

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i bought this book 2 days ago and have not really put it down since
Barry Pierce
The narrator of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends at one point states that she never wants to work.

I had no plans as to my future financial sustainability: I never wanted to earn money for doing anything. [...] I'd felt that my disinterest in wealth was ideologically healthy. I'd checked what the average yearly income would be if the gross world product were evenly divided among everyone, and according to Wikipedia it would be $16, 100. I saw no reason, political or financial, ever to ma
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Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
**2 STARS**

*shoulder shrug* Unfiltered review https://wp.me/p7ZSCH-3dC

Reading the synopsis of the book had me excited. I just knew I was going to love this book. It sounded like I was going to get a little bit of YA and NA combined into one brilliant masterpiece. Sadly, for me, that did not happen.

I want to start with the first and deepest reason why I never connected with this book. It’s a big one, lovers.

There are no quotation marks. It was extremely annoying reading a book when I couldn’t tel
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Rachel
This was stupidly good. After recently loving Rooney's sophomore novel Normal People my expectations for Conversations With Friends were high, though I was also a bit wary; in these situations I'm always afraid an author's debut isn't going to live up. I needn't have worried. This was perfect from start to finish. You know that feeling when you miss a stair and your stomach lurches briefly before you land - this was that sensation in book form.

Once again I was impressed with Rooney's writing; it
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Michael
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.

Compelling and cool, Conversations with Friends places millennial malaise and an unexpected love affair against the backdrop of summertime Dublin. The fast-paced plot follows a pair of privileged college-aged performance poets and exes, Bobbi and Frances, as they become entangled with an older, slightly famous married couple, Nick and Melissa. The bulk of the story concerns the rise and fall of Nick and Frances's ro
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Elyse Walters
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook... read by
Alice McMahon

The audio-narration was wonderfully alive an addictive. Granted this isn’t exactly a book a parent would ever recommend to their young adult- 20-ish old child - daughter or son...as this is not an educational book on inspiring relationships —
But for me — as a 66 year old married fart who values honesty- with little-to-zero respect for adultery...( consented is up to the couple -‘lies’- destroy others)....
Regardless.....
I enjoyed the ‘conversations’.. the funny/
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
There’s a cliche in reviewing where you say something along these lines: “I wouldn’t like these characters in real life, but I found them compelling.” See, I don’t think that’s why this book works. I think this book works because in real life we would probably like these characters; respect their talent, find them interesting if at times flawed or condescending, look up to them on a level at which we would at times resent them and at times want to be them. It’s just that none of us would ever kn ...more
Sarah Jessica Parker
This book is incredible! Read it in one day.
Hannah
I have spent the last days periodically exclaiming “God, what a book” (or more correctly, because I do speak German in my real life, “Gott, was ein Buch!” or “Dieses Buch!”). I am feeling vaguely guilty for having given other books five stars because this book is just so much more than most of those. I am in no way objective in my absolute adoration and I don’t think I can adequately articulate how very brilliant I thought this was, so stick with me while I squeal and talk in superlatives.

I drag
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Blair
Okay, I think this book might have worked better for me if I'd read it before Elif Batuman's The Idiot. Batuman and Rooney give their narrators similar voices: sharp, clear and deadpan but excessively self-aware. Both use email conversations to map out the development of a relationship. Both novels are told from the perspective of naive, supposedly intelligent young women who appear largely passive, falling into particular courses of action more because of the lack of a viable alternative than a ...more
Maxwell
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, ireland, 2019
I really admire Sally Rooney’s writing. Her stories aren’t perfect, just like her characters, but they feel very authentic.
Marchpane
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Conversations with Friends (the title and sunny cover are fairly misleading) is a stark, reflective novel which asks the reader to inhabit the mind of 21 year old poet and college student, Frances. She appears to be coolly detached from her feelings, at least in the beginning, and analytical to the point of neurosis.

We get a sense of Frances' excruciating self-consciousness at the start of the novel, when she and her ex-girlfriend Bobbi are invited back to the home of Melissa, a "slightly famous
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Adam Dalva
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very, very strong, though I prefer the ping-ponging perspectives of the wonderful NORMAL PEOPLE. Rooney has such an uncanny knack for love squares and cliffhangers, and you'll fly through this, as I did. Her affectless prose is startling, though CWF has a few linguistic flourishes, especially toward the end, that slightly imbalance the text. She is a master of plot, of the importance of gestures, and desire. The one other thing about this book is that the lead repeatedly makes the same mistake i ...more
Jessica
I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.

This book gave me so many feels. It was a roller coaster of emotions. For some reason I really connected to this book. There was something so captivating about it.

I felt like this book would make a great movie or miniseries on HBO. There's something really special and different about it that would translate well to the screen.

The characters felt very real and I think that's what I liked most about it. I loved Nick. He was so d
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Carol (Bookaria)
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2017, netgalley
This book revolves around two college students in Dublin named Frances and Bobbi and their relationship with Melissa & Nick who are a married couple they meet early in the story.

It is told from the point of view of Frances which at times can be described as very matter-of-factly and at other times as very introspective. A lot of the interactions happened by email which I thought was a bit strange since nowadays most people communicate by text. I mean, there were some texts but a large part
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Bianca
Meah, blah, I'm giving up, I've already spent too much time in the company of these characters.

I don't mind unlikable characters, I don't have an issue with sexual fluidity or cheating (as in I don't need a trigger warning, it doesn't prevent me from reading a novel). In saying all that, the characters were insufferable, vacuous, bland, and the writing didn't agree with me at all. In my year of reading mostly chick -lit, I created a GR shelf Im-So-Over-First-Person-Narratives. This novel belong
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Trish
Aug 29, 2017 marked it as put-aside
Recommended to Trish by: Alexandra Schwartz
A review in The New Yorker, and, if I'm honest, a shared surname, led me to this book even though without those two things just listed, I could tell this wasn't my kind of book.

The main character is twenty-one but I have placed this on my 'adolescence' shelf because in so many ways she seemed to enjoy one of those long, extended adolescences that Americans have perfected by putting their kids through college, and then grad school in a field where a degree will get you a job in a non-profit work
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Rebecca
Talking ’bout My Generation?
Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award shortlist review #2

(I am on the official shadow panel of book bloggers.)

(Nearly 4.5) The first thing to note about a novel with “Conversations” in the title is that there are no quotation marks denoting speech. In a book so saturated with in-person chats, telephone calls, texts, e-mails and instant messages, the lack of speech marks reflects the swirl of voices in twenty-one-year-old Frances’ head; thought and dialogue run t
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Gumble's Yard
I even began searching my emails and texts for “evidence” of our affair

That night I decided to start reading over my old instant message conversations with Bobbi …. It comforted me to know that my friendship with Bobbi wasn’t confined to memory alone, and that textual evidence of her past fondness for me would survive her actual fondness if necessary

Our [Frances and Nick’s] relationship was like a word document which we were writing and editing together


Sally Rooney is a 26 year old debut novel
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Julie Ehlers
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
On a vacation to Portland, Maine, a few weeks ago, I visited two independent bookstores that both had the newly released paperback of Conversations with Friends featured in their displays of bookseller recommendations. Although up to then I'd been unsure if I'd read this novel, I decided to heed the two endorsements and bought a copy at one of the stores. Perhaps this experience predisposed me to like the book, but like it I definitely did.

I won't rehash the plot here but will just say that Conv
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Sam Quixote
Frances is bisexual and used to be in a relationship with her bestie, Bobbi. The two perform spoken word poetry in Dublin and their literary circle enters the orbit of Melissa, a thirtysomething writer, and her actor husband Nick. As the group become friendly, Frances starts an affair with Nick. Drama inevitably ensues!

Sally Rooney’s Normal People blew my hair back but unfortunately I can’t say the same for her debut novel, Conversations with Friends. Not that it’s a bad novel but it’s definite
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Jennifer
A chillier but far more interesting novel than Normal People. Snarky, bitter, and psychotically introspective, but somehow still lovable. Rooney's writing just has this effortless quality to it, and I have a feeling I'll reread this in a year or two and notice so much more to appreciate.

Note: If you read Cat Person and were like "what was the point?" steer faaar clear of this book.
Britta Böhler
Nope, not my kind of book.
Bored by the story, and the writing style didnt do it for me either.
Hugh
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit, read-2018
I bought this a few months ago when it came out in paperback, having seen some very positive comments on end-of-the-year reviews in the papers. Since then I have seen some pretty lukewarm friend reviews, which lowered my expectations, but I decided that I would like to read it while waiting for her Booker-longlisted new one Normal People to be delivered.

I thought this was impressive for a debut novel, but had a few reservations. It is undoubtedly heartfelt, well written and very funny in places,
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Michael Livingston
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful - funny, smart and sad - not much happens in this book, but it's a joy to spend time with these difficult, intelligent and sometimes unpleasant people.
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
"A sharply intelligent novel about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple." - Goodreads

Let's be honest...

Selfish and self-absorbed young woman discusses her daily escapades with equally selfish and self-absorbed people of various occupation and age and learns absolutely nothing.

Sally Rooney's dialogue's realistic, albeit a bit strange considering Frances, the main character, remains an android throughout the entire piece. She's empty and cold
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Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin, where she graduated from Trinity College. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Dublin Review, The White Review, The Stinging Fly, and the Winter Pages anthology.
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