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Normal People by Sally Rooney
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it was ok

I'd heard so many glowing things about this book that I approached it with trepidation. But it's soon apparent that the writer is young, a little older than her characters. Their opinions and the way they live is in black and white, with few shades of grey, and Rooney herself still seems to be learning about the nuances of life that come with age. The secondary characters might as well be cardboard, and it's often difficult to really work up many feelings for the main characters, either. What they see as insight is the surface emotion or the rapidly tilting anger/joy of the young. It's inevitable, perhaps, that with characters this age school and university should be the backdrop. But that creates a bubble world, one with literary an intellectual allusions. It becomes limiting, we don't see them in a broader context.
Rooney shows all the hallmarks of a gifted writer, but on the basis of this, she hasn't achieved her potential yet.
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August 6, 2019 – Shelved

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