Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.
I just had to read this book because everyone is talking about the series and I couldn’t watch that without reading the book! I’d been told that it was a love it or hate it kind of book but to be honest I fell somewhere in the middle. I thought it was okay but I wasn’t mad about it. I wasn’t a fan of the extremely long chapters and I definitely would have preferred them to be shorter. I personally just think long chapters make the book more difficult to read. I also wasn’t a fan of the huge time jumps between each chapter. I found that a bit odd and I felt like I was missing out as we’d briefly be told what had happened between chapters but it just didn’t work for me. I feel like when each chapter features such a huge time jump we miss out on the development of the characters. But in saying all of that I did actually enjoy the story. Marianne was difficult for me to understand at the beginning but by the end I understood her character a lot more. I don’t think this is for everyone and I can definitely see reasons why it’s loved and hated! I did enjoy it but there were some elements of the story that I would have changed.