Normal People is one of those books where I felt like very little happened, but I couldn’t put it down and I will probably be thinking about it for years to come.
The story follows Marianne and Connell from sixth form through University. Both academic high achievers, they come from very different backgrounds. Connell’s mum is the cleaner for Marianne’s mother. They begin a secret relationship in high school, before moving separate ways and picking up the relationship at various points throughout University. Marianne’s life is not as perfect as it may seem, and her brother is frequently violent towards her, and this relationship impacts on her other relationships. Connell was popular at school but becomes lonely during University and falls into depression. Neither of them feel able to connect to others or express how they really feel.
This is an interesting story, although at times it feels as though nothing much happens and if you’re searching for a clear resolution at the end, you may be disappointed. However, it does present complex three-dimensional relationships in a way that leaves you thinking about the characters for a long time after you finish reading it.