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Normal PeopleNormal People by Sally Rooney
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The main characters Connell and Marianne are fully realized, with rich inner and outer lives, well narrated.

Rooney also uses some creative structure in the ways chapters unfold the story, however, it feels as if a couple of structures become a form that then all the chapters must fit, so it came across as overly structured.

I think my biggest complaint, however, is that almost none of the supporting characters (only Eric maybe?) is more than one-dimensional. Now, we mostly view these characters through the inner lives of the two main characters, but I still think they could be more richly conceived.

So, I found the novel entertaining enough, but not a rich reading experience.

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