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Normale mensen, by Sally Rooney

lynnndsi's review against another edition

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emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

lnarmour's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

noplacestogo's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

hannahbogis's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

emilye33's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

m_hates_reading's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

5/5 I wasn’t sure until I finished it, but I absolutely love it.

It’s a surprisingly heavy read, emotionally exhausting. 

Connell and Marianne are both incredibly unlikeable characters once you get to really see the way they treat each other; not without love, but without kindness. They both resent each other an awful lot, and you as the reader grow to as well. They both have experiences leading them to struggle expressing affection, which creates a chain of events causing them both to think the other doesn’t love them, they make decisions assuming what the other feels without asking. 

As much as I dislike the characters, and find them pathetically immature, that’s sort of the point. They’re not perfect, and their relationship is messy, chaotic, and at points exhausting - “Normal”.

charlottesauviller's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

lyram's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

3.0

michelleub's review against another edition

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lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A tale as old as time. Two people meet, (do they fall in love?) they continue to have an on off relationship. The just can’t seem to be without eachother. Together they grow and become individuals. I would definitely not call this a romance book, I mean yeah they were kind of romantically involved and also sexually, but it is more about their relationship and it’s dynamic than love goey. As someone who has also read conversations with friends, cwf is better, when you go into this book expecting romance, so don’t do that. Would I this book sad? No. And you should totally be okey with this no quotation marks thing sally Rooney has going on. It was till enjoyable and I read this book quite quickly even tho I did not want to read books this month

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naphthalene's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0