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2018 Longlist [MBP] > Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Maxwell (welldonebooks) | 375 comments Mod
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Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer For those in the UK this is now available in Waterstones.

message 3: by Hugh (last edited Aug 28, 2018 03:07AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Hugh (bodachliath) | 151 comments I read the whole of this book yesterday, and it is definitely a strong contender. My review

Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer And my review here

I also really enjoyed it (and it finished the longlist for me)

Britta Böhler | 314 comments Mod
I have to admit I wasn't taken with Rooney's debut but I tried to read her second book with an open mind. The writing was quite good and some of the themes were interesting but I was rather bored by the cliché-characters. An array of stereotypical women who just want to be loved and who always question their self-worth and the men are behaving as if straight out of a 'boys-will-be-boys'-movie.
And the ending is just plain cheesy.

2.5* (mainly because the writing was good)

Neil | 511 comments Sitting squarely on the fence, here is my 3 star review:

I much preferred this to CWF, but I can't get excited about it. It would have got more stars if it had more of Lorraine in it.

Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer I am still chuckling at you wanting more of the 40-ish Mum in a book which is explicitly about young students.

I am guessing (to take a book Connell enjoys) you also wanted more of Mr Woodhouse - although to be fair you would be equally justified there as he is also an excellent side character.

Neil | 511 comments I thought Connell's chats with his mum were the best part of the book.

And it is so long since I read Emma that I can't remember. And would probably have a different view if I read it again now, anyway.

Robert | 363 comments Sunita wrote: "I did not go into this expecting much, but I was impressed. I still think both novels (this and CwF) are way overhyped, but Rooney is doing something interesting.

My review: https://www.goodreads..."

Yeah, I think that one day she'll write an amazing novel. I can feel that.

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