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Conversations with Friends
Conversations with Friends: A Novel | Sally Rooney
A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nicks flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Francess friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
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TheAliceEvers
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Mehso-so

Young, former lovers Frances and Bobbi become entangled with an older, married couple and messiness ensues. I didn‘t like this one as much as Normal People but it was still an enjoyable read if ever so slightly tedious and cliche. Most of the characters were fairly unlikeable but there was also a realistic element to it, especially the modern communication and relationship building.

BarbaraBB Lovely picture! 3w
TheAliceEvers @BarbaraBB Thank you 😊 2w
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kissmehardy
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I swear, I enjoy Sally Rooney's writing and how she conveys physicality and setting so simply yet effectively, but GOD do I want to smack most of her protagonists. Too! Much! Interiority! Serves! No one! #contemporarylit #literaryfiction

SamAnne ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM It was the refusal to communicate that frustrated me in this one. 1mo
kissmehardy @CarolynM I find that most of Rooney's protags would be better served by actually having a genuine conversation with a loved one at least once rather than assuming ironic detachment above all else. 1mo
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Jari-chan
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Bailedbailed

My first thought about this book was “I'm going to DNF this“, but after a few pages I found the characters rather interesting, so I kept on reading and hoping. I didn't even make it half-way through the book. Sadly, Rooney makes the same mistakes as many others: the relationship becomes more important than the characters. And so to me the book became more and more dull. And now back to the library it goes.

Ruthiella I‘ve read all three of her novels and don‘t get the appeal. 5mo
Jari-chan @Ruthiella Wow, that's impressive! 😱 5mo
Ruthiella @Jari-chan They keep getting on various award lists and then I “have” to read‘em! 😂 5mo
Jari-chan @Ruthiella Maybe at some point she'll write something you like 🤭 5mo
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ICantImReading
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really loved “Normal People” and enjoyed “Beautiful World, Where Are You”. Rooney‘s writing is sharp, but this one is my least favorite of her novels. I didn‘t really connect with the characters and being in Frances‘ head made me feel a bit detached and depressed.🎧

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Flavius
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BarbaraBB
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#AlphabetGame Letter C

This was a 5🌟 read for me. From the. It went downhill between me an Sally Rooney but this one I loved!

merelybookish Haha. I love all her books including this one. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! This one is on my shelf! 6mo
batsy I'm curious to see what I think of this one! I really liked Normal People but was let down by how Beautiful People ended. 6mo
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sailu112
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Believe It when I say Sally Rooney writes the most real and unlikeable women characters. This is a story about Francis and she living her life on her own terms mostly.

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nathandrake1997
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Conversations, an indelible part of our day to day lives. Sometimes free flowing, sometimes rigid and formulaic, sometimes mushy and heartfelt, sometimes cold and calculated, sometimes this, sometimes that. Can something as impulsive as a conversation ever be defined? Is merely "a talk between two or more people" enough? (Also Google, couldn't you find a more laughably simplistic and shallow definition than this?)....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....But, what is Google if not a shallow and at most times misleading mirror of the world around us.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Sally Rooney might have read this definition and thought "wait a minute....that's not how a conversation works!"..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....In an attempt to show the Google definition its shallowness, Rooney writes a magnificently layered novel as an answer. A novel that exquisitely taps into the zeitgeist of our times and gives us a nuanced portrayal of human relationships in the age of the internet..... 7mo
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nathandrake1997 ....From a surface level perspective, this might feel like yet another "love triangle" romance novel, but what sets this apart from most stories following the aforementioned template are the nuances.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....This is a story about infidelity, but one that doesn't train a judgemental eye on infidelity. Instead, it asks the question, that if humans are impulsive beings, can't the relationships they form be so as well?.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....It's a tough question to ask, especially with society's tendency to put fidelity, especially monogamy on a pedestal. Desire by definition is in a way impulse. So, doesn't it feel at odds when tied to something as restrictive as monogamy?.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....Rooney in usual fashion doesn't give us answers but instead trusts her readers to be smart enough to contemplate these morally ambiguous questions. She writes in a manner that feels both concise and sprawling at the same time, in a way, she probably is the Hemingway of our times..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....And, this might sound a bit outrageous, but while writing about human relationships, Rooney in my opinion outshines Hemingway and to be honest, most of her predecessors and contemporaries..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Rooney makes a comment on polygamy through form as well. Instead of committing her narrative to a single framework, she uses multiple plot devices at once, from first person narration to text messages to emails to anecdotes, this formal polygamy adds depth and texture to her writing in ways I have seldom seen.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....So, after having finally read all three of her published novels, I feel Rooney's writing has a lot more depth and nuance then she gets credit for. The minimalism in her moment to moment writing in particular is a stand out when compared to her peers and it is only fitting that her debut is one of the greatest debuts of our times. 7mo
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Kimberlone
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Unfortunately my least favorite of the three Sally Rooney novels, though I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I‘ve been wanting to dig into the new Hulu adaptation after loving Normal People, so I needed to finish this book first. Similar themes/motifs present in her other novels: characters who can both express themselves beautifully in long discursive conversations and emails but also keep their truest feelings opaque to each other.

Kimberlone I hope that wherever her writing goes next, she tries something new. I‘ll be disappointed if her next book includes yet another set of a middle class characters obsessed with debating Marxism and capitalism (is this a European thing?). I started the show last night and while not as engaging as Normal People, its advantage over the book is that much of my frustration over the characters‘ lack of communication is improved by the actors body language 8mo
AlexThomas I haven‘t read this one (have read the other two) because I was a bit weirded out by the Lolita-seeming relationship in it. Should I give it a go? 8mo
Kimberlone @AlexThomas I definitely would not describe the relationship as Lolita esque. The age difference is only 10 years, both are fully adults (even if there is a difference in maturity), and the relationship is 100% consensual, so don‘t let that stop you from reading this one. I think if you liked Rooney‘s other books, there will be a lot to like in this one too. 8mo
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Sharpeipup
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Anyone else having trouble getting their conversations in Litsy? That tab never loads for me.

vivastory I've had this happen a few times. 8mo
The.Great.Catsby Wait, what? There's a conversations tab? Is that a website specific feature? I definitely don't have that on the app. 8mo
swishandflick @The.Great.Catsby I believe it's a feature that is only available on the web version. 8mo
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merelybookish
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Here 👏 For 👏 It 👏

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themonaisa
Panpan

I just realized I never submitted a review for this and that should probably tell you everything you need to know. It was hard to get through. Like “what‘s the point of this” hard. The characters are foolish & not in an honest, Normal People kind of way. It‘s like you‘re watching them blow up their lives for no reason and THEY DON‘T EVEN CARE

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Claireromama
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Sending my next therapy bill to Sally Rooney.

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CampbellTaraL
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Bailedbailed

I tried it for book club but I dumped the book halfway through and hit up a summary site to know how it ended. Definitely not my jam. Vapid narcissists with the luxury of time and money having to work around their sexual lusting after each other only to end up back with their original partners. The end.

rockpools I absolutely don‘t need to read this now. Thank you! 9mo
CampbellTaraL @rockpools I felt a twinge of guilt thinking I was being harsh, then I re-read the synopsis and nope, nothing at all intelligent about this group of characters. Saving readers prescious reading time! 🤪 9mo
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BekaReid
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Found a lovely new reading spot this evening to start my reread of this book before the adaptation comes out next week.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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UNPOPULAR OPINION 🚨 Conversations With Friends is a better book than Normal People. It‘s a better rendering of intimacy, and the way we perceive ourselves and each other. It‘s more readable and interesting, it‘s more dynamic, and I liked it much better. Maybe I shouldn‘t have been so quick to write off Beautiful World, Where Are You? after all. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/conversations-with-friends-sally-rooney/

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TashaLeigh
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sharpeipup
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Guess I need to get reading if I want to have it done before the show comes out…
#page2screen

https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/conversations-with-friends-trailer-hulu/amp

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ReadingEnvy
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I got this book from @Blerdgal_Fenix for #jolabokaflodswap21 and I saved it for a rainy day, which came this weekend. I tend to do that with authors I like, wait on reading their backlist for a while. This novel has a lot of what I like about Sally Rooney, but it feels like a novel told in thirds. ↘️

ReadingEnvy The first third introduces us to Frances, who is an observer and not an emoter. She is best friends with Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. I liked this section because there were bits that made me laugh, both in how ridiculous they show Frances to be, but also in now it shows Rooney understands this certain kind of thinker, the people who live in their heads, who secretly judge everyone around them. ↘️
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ReadingEnvy The second third is the majority of the book, where Bobbi and Frances get wrapped up in the lives of a wealthy older couple (as in, they are in their 30s.) This third was very readable of course but felt to me like it travels pretty common ground, and worse, it's with people who struggle to communicate even though they like each other. (I say worse but the author does this intentionally, and I think the reader can engage in their frustration.)↘️ 12mo
ReadingEnvy The third quarter deals with a lot of fallout from decisions made but also throws Frances back into struggles with her family, including an alcoholic father. And then Marianne - yes that Marianne - shows up at a dinner party and I was thrown. It has nothing to do with the story of this novel but if you've read Normal People, you will definitely recognize her and possibly go looking in Reddit to figure out where in her story this novel lands. 12mo
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ReadingEnvy @Reggie this may be my favorite too but I need to think about it a bit more. 12mo
Reggie I just love the last sentence in here. It‘s very the heart wants what the heart wants!!! And the other day I was trying to think of the book that featured a character with endometriosis and wellah here it is. So thanks. Lol 11mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie sounds pretty painful tbh 11mo
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notreallyelaine

No one who likes Yeats is capable of human intimacy

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guidosophia
Panpan

sally rooney is the modern day john green (derogatory). pretentious and dry and not a single character is like-able.

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ReadingEnvy
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Many of you may not know that this is our first holiday season with two boys we hope to adopt next year so of course today was crazy in good ways.

But I wouldn't want to go without thanking @Blerdgal_Fenix for sending me a book I've wanted to read for forever and a fun assortment of chocolates for #jolabokaflodswap21 - thank you so much! And how I loved the darker skin Santas!

Thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing everyone.

Prairiegirl_reading Wow! Good luck with the adoption! 💜 Merry Christmas!!! 13mo
Leftcoastzen Good for you! Hope adoption goes well! 13mo
BarbaraBB Merry Christmas 💚 May it be the first of many with the boys! 13mo
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Bookzombie I hope everything works out! Merry Christmas! 🎄 13mo
Reggie Merry Christmas, Jenny. And as much as Normal People destroyed me, Conversation is my favorite of hers. Hope you like it. 13mo
andrew61 Have a wonderful break jenny and I hope Chris goes well for you and that it is very special with the boys . 13mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 thanks Andrew.. it was a bit overstimulating for them at times but we managed overall. 13mo
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Andrea313
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I treated myself to an early-birthday book haul today, sucked in purely by the setting of each- Glasgow, Madrid, Dublin, London...can you tell I'm longing for a big trip? Damn this pandemic (and my finances!)! #BookHaul #NewIn

LiteraryinLawrence What a great way to travel during this time! 13mo
BarbaraBB I know the feeling. Stuck in one place. 13mo
Andrea313 @BarbaraBB I've been feeling it deeply lately. But I'm striving for positive thinking like yours, @LiteraryinLawrence- books will take us where we want to go! ❤️ 13mo
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BookishTrish
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To say I devoured this audiobook would be an understatement. I love Rooney‘s flawed character-driven writing. #audiostitching

DrexEdit This is lovely! You are a very neat stitcher! 😍 14mo
BookishTrish @DrexEdit Thank you! 14mo
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BookishTrish
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I was very excited to learn there‘s a Sally Rooney novel I havent read yet!

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Rachel.Rencher
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This was one of the most honest and compelling novels I've read in a long time. I loved the mood, the flawed characters, the writing style, just everything. I'll he thinking about this one for a while, I'm sure.

BarbaraBB Great review. I felt the same. 14mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Okay, now that I've had time to read more of this book, I TOTALLY think it heavily inspired Taylor Swift's Folklore album. The love triangle, all the beach references, Florence's cardigan, the heat of the romance having to end after a wine-filled August...and the fact that Taylor wrote a blurb about this book for a magazine in 2019 aaaand Joe Alwyn is playing Nick in the Hulu adaptation. 👀 I'm loving this.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Happy Saturday! I just started this one last night and I really like it. The writing feels hazy and a little rushed, kind of like when you're trying to recount what you did when you were drunk. I mean, there's a lot of wine flowing so it makes sense. 🥴

Lol, ignore my coffee. I got a milk frother and stirred the foam in and it looks really weird now. 😂☕

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm At first I thought it was one of those mug cakes. 🤣 Still looks delicious! 1y
kspenmoll Enjoying your description of reading this book! (edited) 1y
Rachel.Rencher @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol it does look like that! 😂 1y
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EmmaMae
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The book was filled with compelling characters, that continued to evolve through the story. The characters were the driving force of the story. #bookclubreads

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itsyvetperez
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Out of three books I've read from Sally Rooney this one is stupidly my favorite lol

-- 5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Mine too! 1y
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La_Cori
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⭐⭐⭐1/2
I like Rooney's writing style, it's so "casual" but never obvious.. the characters aren't very likeable so I didn't warm to them, but over all it was a good reading for me (and i still think Normal People is a better novel).

This was my #bookspin for October @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Pinta
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Mehso-so

Ferrante does the juicy gossipy possessive frenemies story so much better. But Rooney‘s little observational asides, cinematic deflections to dry leaves in the corner or ladybug creeping towards the sugar bowl, create a vivid & intimate sense of place & being. Some “conversations”=gratuitous & threw off pacing. Opening sets up strong sense of discomfort & foreboding. Monogamy, sex, friendship, class, age, deception, ambition, art, alliances. 2017

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bbackes
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“Things matter to me more than they do to normal people, I thought. I need to relax and let things go. I should experiment with drugs.”

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WellReadCatLady
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Been meaning to read this ever since I read Normal People and finished it before her next book comes out today! Great book!

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Dalaine
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I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I must say, I felt many things when reading this. I can't quite articulate them. I can say that the characters are not particularly likeable but I've come to expect that from these types of books. Rooney is great. Depressing, but great.

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Karmapen
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I mean, I liked this, but it‘s really depression lit.

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jdw
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I‘m obsessed with Rooney‘s casual writing style that oozes unique takes of everyday life. While admittedly the romanticization of such an age-gapped relationship that falls under the category of affair was a tad too much for me, the general message of the book still stands strong. At the end of the day, no one really knows what they‘re doing or the direction they‘re going, and sometimes it‘s okay to just listen to your heart a bit.

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merelybookish
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This book did nothing to quell my Sally Rooney crush and cemented the peculiar ache I've come to associate with reading her writing. All to say, I loved it!
(In contrast, this photo is called Naps Amongst Nemeses.)

booksandsympathy Adorable! 😍 2y
Ruthiella Glad to hear that Sally didn‘t let you down! 😀 2y
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Suet624 Perfect description. The ache that she produces ... 2y
Leftcoastzen Cute!😻I get what you mean about Rooney 2y
sprainedbrain Well said! Sally does that to me, too! ❤️ 2y
Reggie I put this on everyone‘s review of this. I love the last sentence- it‘s very the heart wants what the heart wants! 2y
batsy Ha! Love the photo 😻 2y
Cathythoughts Great pic AND she has a new one out 👍🏻❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Love the photo. 😆 2y
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @booksandsympathy Hard not to love them when they're that cute. 😸 2y
merelybookish @Ruthiella She did not!! Girlcrush reaffirmed. 😁 2y
merelybookish @Suet624 @sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen Reading her is such an emotional experience. 2y
merelybookish @Reggie Well said! And there no way to know what that means or where it will lead. 2y
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! They are like kitty commas. 2y
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I know! Can't wait to read it and be devastated by her again. 😭 2y
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thanks. They are not friends but occasionally come close. 2y
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merelybookish
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I absolutely love Normal People but put off reading Conversations with Friends. I think I wanted to know I still had a Sally Rooney book to read. But I can read it now that her new novel has been announced. 🙂

batsy Same! 😆 It's about time for me to read this one. 2y
Tanisha_A @batsy Same! 2y
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rmaclean4
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She writes such complex and full characters. At times uncomfortable to read but so worth it. Looming forward to Rooney's next novel. 4 🌟

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ssoward
Mehso-so

6/10. I don‘t think I really understood it. Quick and entertaining read though!

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ItsAnotherJen
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Mehso-so

This was an okay read. What was interesting to me was also reading 'Three Women' by Lisa Tedder at the same time...and that book is about women's sex lives and sexual desires. 'Coversations with Friends' centers around a young woman and her relationships. Reading both books shed a different light on the main character's thoughts, experiences, and feelings. Still, at the end I wasn't impressed with this book. 🤷‍♀️
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cornfedwellread I tried to read this one awhile ago when I saw it on the library's new releases shelf. I couldn't get in to it, but I see so many articles about how amazing Sally Rooney is. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't love her books. 2y
ItsAnotherJen @cornfedwellread Have you read 'Normal People' yet? I really don't get the hype about that one either. 2y
cornfedwellread @ItsAnotherJen Since this one was a DNF for me, I've been hesitant to try Normal People. A friend who has similar reading tastes as mine read it and said she didn't think it was anything special. I've considered trying it on audio since I find books that don't use quotation marks difficult to read, but I'm not very motivated to start it. 2y
ItsAnotherJen @cornfedwellread yes, there are too many other books to read to choose one that you're pretty sure you won't enjoy!! Too many books, too little time 😅 2y
mija333 I hated this and loved NP so no please do try NP! 2y
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Megabooks
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So I finally got around to reading this, #mounttbr, and I have no clue how I feel about it. Is it a bit navel-gazingly pretentious? Absolutely. Is it a beautiful piece of writing? Absolutely. Did I have strong feelings while reading it? You bet. Can I articulate those strong feelings? Nope. Am I going to pay Sally to f*ck with my feelings again this fall? You know it!

Am I too lazy to take a picture of my book? 💯😂

Reggie Lol, I always put this on all the reviews but that last sentence- it‘s very the heart wants what the heart wants!!!! 2y
Reggie Great review! 2y
marleed Such a great review! 2y
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mdemanatee Love this! We read this in book club last year and it became evident that everyone‘s favorite Rooney was the first they read. 2y
Megabooks @mdemanatee I think that‘s true because I read Normal People first (and twice so far), and I think I like it better, but I‘m so excited to see what she does next! 2y
Megabooks @marleed thanks! 2y
Megabooks @Reggie thanks! I think heart is behind both her books. Despite the trials and angst of her protagonists, they do follow their hearts. 2y
mdemanatee @Megabooks I was the same! But had people in book club who read Conversations (book club book) first. And then tell me after they read Normal People they preferred Conversations. I found it so interesting. 2y
Kimberlone I love this review! I really need to get to reading this. Really loved Normal People. 2y
BarbaraBB Fab review. I loved this book! (After I read Normal People which I didn‘t enjoy as much) and yes @Reggie that last sentence ❤️ 2y
Kalalalatja Perfect review!!! 🙌🙌🙌 2y
Megabooks @Kimberlone thanks! I definitely recommend reading it. 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! And yes, I loved the ending. 💕 2y
Megabooks @Kalalalatja thank you!! 💜 2y
tpixie Lol fun review! 2y
Megabooks @tpixie thanks!! 2y
allureofbeauty I have this but I haven‘t read it yet. 2y
Megabooks @allureofbeauty definitely pick it up at some point! 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I forgot to tag you and this is one of my favorite reviews! 2y
Cinfhen It‘s a brilliant review 😍Thanks for remembering to tag me xx 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! It started out as trying to work out my feelings on Instagram, but I rather liked it, so I posted here. 😜 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is fantastic! 😆 2y
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keys_on_fire
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This book was challenging to me. The main conflict of the MC was something that makes me uncomfortable, because I experienced it from a different perspective. Oddly, the story was still compelling enough to keep me reading and yet, it‘s one that doesn‘t really seem to have an obvious point. Except maybe that it‘s a waste of time to try and figure out anyone else when we can‘t even figure ourselves out first?

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keys_on_fire
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Now that my bookspin selections are done, I‘m trying to get my last bookclub book done and get a #bookspinbingo! Tagged book is for bookclub and the others are for bingo. This weekend will definitely help make it a possibility, but I‘ve also been suffering from a pretty severe head cold so rest may have to come first! Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting!
#20in4Readathon

Andrew65 Looks a good weekend ahead. 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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Mehso-so

Slowly trying to “catch up”.
I must say I hardly remember that one, only that there was a bit of a plot during the last 2 hours. And it‘s that alone that leads to a “So-So”-rating. I already forgot so much about it and only remember how dragging and boring and blank it was, that the book comes off unscathed by not being a “Pan”.

In there the people are only described to have so strong attitudes and opinions but they lack them. Completely.