Connell’s mum is the housekeeper for Marianne’s family. But Marianne is a bit odd and looked down on at school, and Connell starts a relationship with her but is embarrassed for it to be public. Time passes, their relationship changes. The power balance seemingly changes. But does it?
This was such a popular book, and I don’t get why. It’s supposedly a love story, but it’s really a story about unlikeable people, about gender power imbalance and about being drawn back into past hurts and shit behaviour. A love story? Nope. It’s being made into a TV series and I might watch it to see if it can enlighten me on what people are talking about.
Normal People won the 2018 Costa Book Awards Best Novel prize and was voted as the Waterstones’ Book of the Year. It was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.