Since I have read every book that Sally Rooney has written, I thought I would collate all of those ratings and reviews in one place.
I wouldn’t say she is an instant-buy author, but because she’s Irish like myself, I do still feel drawn to her writing and want to read her latest work to see if I will enjoy it.
Normal People is probably one of my favourite books that I’ve read, but the others not so much. Read on to discover my thoughts on all of her books that she’s written so far.
I have also written blog posts like this for books by Colleen Hoover and Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Reviews of every book written by Sally Rooney
1. Normal People
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation – awkward but electrifying – something life-changing begins. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can’t.
My rating: ★★★★★
I read this book in the space of two days, maybe a little less. I had seen the TV show and heard the book was very similar, if not identical to the show. The lack of speech marks threw me off a little at the beginning, but as there is so much dialogue in the book, I think it worked a lot better not having the speech marks in the text. I would definitely recommend, even if you haven’t yet watched the TV show as there are so many quotations and lines that I will always remember forever.
2. Conversations With Friends
Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa ask each other endless questions. As their relationships unfold, in person and online, they discuss sex and friendship, art and literature, politics and gender, and, of course, one another. Twenty-one-year-old Frances is at the heart of it all, bringing us this tale of a complex menage-a-quatre and her affair with Nick, an older married man.
My rating: ★★★
Conversations With Friends didn’t strike a chord with me. It was a bit boring for my liking since the plot didn’t really go anywhere. But, apparently this is a theme with Sally Rooney’s writing in that she doesn’t go for plot but really goes for character development and you can see that in the writing as all of her work is beautifully written. For me, I much prefer a book that has a great plot line that will keep me reading a book and not wanting to put it down, not the opposite where I don’t want to pick the book back up again.
3. Beautiful World, Where Are You
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
My rating: ★★
Unpopular opinion – I really disliked this. I don’t often rate books this low, but I gave it two stars as the writing is quite beautiful and I could tell Sally Rooney was almost writing about herself at times through one of the characters. However, I was confused at the beginning as to who was who, who was living where and who the male characters were. There was no real plot to the story and there was a lot of NSFW content which I felt quite awkward reading on the tube, I won’t lie. I highly doubt this will be made into any series/movie any time soon as quite frankly, nothing really happens other than looking at people in their mid-twenties/thirties navigate their quite boring and ordinary love lives.