the main characters of normal people, marianne and connell, represent themes like socioeconomic status, family, friendship, and young love. they take turns loving each other, hurting each other, and searching for themselves as they evolve from high schoolers to college students to adults. the plot itself can seem simple, but sally rooney makes the reader think about so much more than just marianne and connell’s paths.
“Marianne had a sense that her real life was happening somewhere very far away, happening without her, and she didn’t know if she would ever find out where it was or become part of it.”
“It feels powerful to him to put an experience down in words, like he’s trapping it in a jar and it can never fully leave him.”