BOOK REVIEW: Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney

Updated: May 6, 2020

‘Salinger for the snapchat generation.’

WOAH,’ I said, as I finished Sally Rooney’s debut. I needed to take a break, take a deep breath, and gather my thoughts. I was overwhelmed with feeling. Tense and sad - and add into that mix - angry, confused and a bit annoyed - and you’re just about there…

Just when I’d lost faith in modern literature, I’d found this unhealthily addictive book. And when I say addictive, I mean you simply CANNOT put it down.

Rooney writes about the most complex of topics with such simplicity. Topics that are at the centre of everyone’s lives; sex, love and the confusions that arise from them.

The book follows the lives of students Frances and Bobbi, best friends and former lovers. Frances writes poetry, Bobbi performs it. Frances is shy and quiet, Bobbi opinionated and loud. The two are noticed by critic Melissa, married to actor Nick and the four of them embark on a tense and often puzzling relationship.

Rooney’s elegant prose matches her flowing plot as you enter a world of drinking in Dublin bars, flirting at dinner parties and secret affairs in the south of France. The most relatable book a young student can read, from a young author freshly out of the student life – the vivid plot and simple style captures the imagination, providing the much needed inspiration to get yourself through lockdown.

Sally Rooney is a new Irish author who has also written the 2018 novel, NORMAL PEOPLE, recently made into a BBC 12 part TV series.


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