Conversations with Friends: Book Review

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

This book is a fantastic and eye-opening take on modern relationships. It explored the complex realities and difficulties that come with the workings of society and relationships in the modern era. What is so intriguing about this book is that you do not, necessarily, rout for the protagonist but see the world from her eyes. As the story progresses you may find yourself developing some of Frances’s opinions or recognising some of yourself in her.

Rooney creates an environment of aesthetics as she lingers on certain details, colours or movements. Although the novel possesses a sardonic humour and tone, and fatal realism, it is indulgent in experiences. Both the writer and the characters appear to be experience-driven, acting on impulse and emotion to lead them towards their next action.

The story is narrated by Frances, a student in Dublin who performs poetry with her best friend, and ex-girlfriend, Bobbi. The pair meet Melissa and her husband Nick, forming strange, intimate and conflicting relations. The girls enter a new world of lavish lifestyles and intricate people. Single acts begin to form cracks in relationships and with drastic consequences at each turn, this book will draw you in deeper. This book is far from the stereotypical novels with a two-dimensional female protagonist as it depicts the depth, conflict and richness in a modern female character that we have all been longing for.

When the unexpected happens you will find yourself unable to put the book down, continuing to turn the page. This incredibly engaging novel may conflict socially excepted thought at times but you may even find yourself deeply considering the processes behind it and contemplating what you would have never considered before.

A book you may not expect but certainly one you need. Conversations with Friends is a modern masterpiece of daily life: the pain, the love and the conflicts with yourself and others.

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