Hello people :)

Last week, I finished Normal people by Sally Rooney. It was the first book I read in a long time and well, after finishing it at almost 2 am I felt kind of empty.

So I figured out I should write down my thoughts and feedback about it here.

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This article will be spoiler free, it is basically about how I felt while reading the book and the things it made me realize.

I'd first like to say that I did not have any expectations towards this book : I discovered it because a lot of people I like were satisfied with it. Since I did not know what book to read and felt a bit lost, I thought it would be a great idea to make my own opinion about it.

To be completely honest I have not really checked any reviews about it so...

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While reading the book, I was a bit confused about my feelings towards the story and towards the characters. I did not really know if I liked them or if I despited them.
But the more I would read, the more I would relate to them. And then it kind of striked me : the two main characters are indeed two very relatable human beings.
In fact I found myself really liking them.

There was something about the writing that made me fall in love with the book. It reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) in some way. I could not really describe it : it felt effortless but at the same beautiful and well built (I know I make no sense at all).

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It felt like Sally Rooney was telling me the story about two good friends of hers she knew and I would listen very carefully.

When I finished it, I had so many questions. Not about the book itself, but about myself actually. The characters made me reflect about my own dark thoughts and anxiety, about my life in university and about the people I know and see everyday.
And for me, this is a very great asset in a book : when it makes you feel you've learned something about yourself while reading it.

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I think I will be rereading it soon, over and over again ,trying to understand it and myself a bit better.

DM me your feedbacks

IAN