CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS - SALLY ROONEY

 

Title: Conversations With Friends

Author: Sally Rooney

Published: July 2017

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Romance

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed, and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind--and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Lovers at school, the two young women now perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin, where a journalist named Melissa spots their potential. Drawn into Melissa's orbit, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband.
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Private property, Frances believes, is a cultural evil--and Nick, a bored actor who never quite lived up to his potential, looks like patriarchy made flesh. But however amusing their flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy neither of them expect. 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 even with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile herself 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.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sally Rooney sure does know how to draw you in with unique storylines which leave you wanting to keep reading just to find out more. She did just that in this one for me. Don’t be fooled by the bright cover, because this story was quite stark, and living in the mind of 21 year old college student Frances is not easy. Grappling with struggles of illness, infidelity, friendship and self worth, she is a balance of unlikeable and unrelatable, yet the writing made me feel like I was swept away somewhere in her subconscious. Her friendships and relationships are complex, and riddled with varying levels and forms toxicity. I think the writing style is so addictive, because you are never quite satisfied, and all the way through Sally Rooney looks to purposely evade giving you what you want. This may be controversial, but I rate this higher than normal people for SURE!

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was so torn by this book. Whilst I struggled to comprehend the callous behaviours and attitudes of the characters, particularly when it came infidelity, I was undeniably intrigued by how foreign and unfamiliar the relationship dynamics and internal dialogue was. I loved the flow of Frances’ thoughts, simply stated but rooted in complexity and depth. A fascinating mix of juvenility and maturity flooded her monologues to the point where I was doing either one of two things; physically cringing or tilting my head and furrowing my brows in confusion. Whilst I was majorly turned off by the characters’ lack of remorse when it came to cheating, they were progressive in their relationships and conversations, heartbreakingly raw in their emotions and ultimately the reason I was so fascinated by this book. There’s something to say about never truly being able to know a character in their entirety. It was tough to rate this one, I think this is going to be the kind of book that grows on me.

 

CONTENT WARNING

Sexual assault, depression, suicide.

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