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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

zelaodessa's review against another edition

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

3.0

bittersweetsun's review against another edition

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

3.25

sagabrodersen's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad fast-paced

4.25

xceltictea's review against another edition

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2.0

I don’t know how she manages to do so every time, and yet Sally Rooney did it again!! With success!! Writing the most insufferable, hateful, obnoxious characters on the planet!!

Nothing to comment expect that I literally wanted to punch Frances in the face throughout the entire book while I was reading it. The whole plot is a mess, all these characters are a mess, and the fact that I annotated several “wtf” throughout the book next to (MANY) lines says it all. I never found myself hating a character so much as Frances (and the others too, but mostly Frances), so you can imagine how painful it was to read 300+ pages of her thinking.

It’s inconceivable for me that Sally Rooney would manage to go on and on and on for 300 pages on a story like this one, and the cherry on top is of course having it narrated by the point of view of the most unlikeable literary person I have ever encountered?!! (Justifies why I took almost a month to finish this one, it had become a Herculean task at this point). Like out of all the characters, why her?? Why not alternating between her and Bobbi, or the four of them, since this novel is supposed to be about the entanglement of these four characters??? I suppose it was too smart or complex to deliver for Sally Rooney’s banal writing capabilities!

If I could meet Frances in real life I think I would give her a voucher for a free therapy session, or even better, a communication class since she is clearly unable to speak or talk and to relate to the world she inhabits in any way. I don’t know what is her problem and I do not want to know and reading about her and her life made me utterly miserable by extension and I am not even joking.

Also am I supposed to be impressed by the very shallow student politics thrown at completely random points into this book??? I had to read some paragraphs a thousand of times before realising that they are literally just talking nonsense, or fried air. I am talking about Bobbi especially who I just think is plain stupid and talks like a Twitter bot would. There is no way someone like her would come across as charming in the real world since she doesn’t even speak like a normal person would in real life.

And what is it with these 20 years old college students BULLYING literal adults?? What kind of world is this?! Miss genius Frances can tell an editor to fuck off and then…said editor would proceed to publish her amateurish story and give her money basically?!!?!! What????? Or she can call Melissa giving out to her without her ever smacking her in the face???

I am giving this two stars out of piety instead of one just because unlike Normal People (which also got one star and another massive waste of my time) at least in here you have slightly less (still) pathetic one-dimensional characters and at least there are some characters/friends (like Philip and Marianne) to provide some perspective and remind the reader of the absurdity of everything they are reading.

I wish I could have back the time I wasted forcing myself to be interested in what a person like Frances would think or feel for more than two weeks of my life but nobody will ever pay me back so alas now I can do nothing but warn you on Goodreads!

aljpds's review against another edition

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

5.0

slavicfemmefatale's review against another edition

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emotional sad tense 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

3.5

marylopez's review against another edition

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reflective 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

3.0

alittlelou's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5!! this is just *life* and i read this at the most perfect time to really make me feel ~awful~ but in a good way. i basically wrote off sally rooney as “not for me” after i read normal people. i didn’t like it. or more than that, i guess i didn’t GET it. conversations with friends i think hit the mark (for me) that she missed in normal people. it’s not all that enjoyable of a story if i’m being honest, but sometimes there are stories that need to be told that aren’t funny or heartwarming OR sad or terrible— they’re just melancholy and still. and this was that story to me, and i think it was worth being told anyway.

maelloute's review against another edition

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4.0

First book read in English ! Pretty proud of it. If you want to start to read in English and practicing, this book is a good choice !!
I don’t know what to think about it instead. At first, I didn’t feel interest about the story and characters but I couldn’t stop reading it and I was realizing I wanted to finish it. What I did. I felt empathy about characters until the end.

artpegios's review against another edition

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1.0

Vaya, es entretenido y ligero eso sí. Frances como personaje me parece incongruente e impulsiva. No analiza del todo lo que quiere hacer. Siento que necesita entenderse mejor, tiene problemas consigo misma y durante el libro nunca la vimos avanzar en ello. Quizá al final del libro, pero todo sucedió demasiado rápido.

El final no nos dice si todo va para lo mismo o si algo cambiará ahora. No sé decir si es un buen o mal final.

Por lo demás, de momentos me incomodó y me sacó de onda ajaja. Eso y el hecho de cuando lee la biblia y ve a Bobby como Jesús ajsjsjs (!!???). Extraño.