Normal People by Sally Rooney

Ok, yes, I finally caved to the hoards of Glossier-wearing, Man Repeller-obsessed NYC cool girls and picked up Sally Rooney’s sophomore novel, Normal People. Don’t worry, I didn’t buy it just for the gram (but I did post a picture of it, in case you’re curious), I bought it for “research,” which is code for “Dad, I really want to visit Ireland.” Plus, when an author is called “Salinger for the Snapchat generation” I feel an obligation, as a member of said generation, to give it a chance.

When Rooney’s editor called her “Salinger for the Snapchat generation” I think they were referring to the fact that reading Salinger feels like a status symbol. It says, “See? I’m cultured. I only checked SparkNotes once during 10th grade English.” I’ve only read Nine Stories and my biggest claim to fame is that he mentioned my school by name in Catcher in the Rye. I’m not any sort of literary expert, but I think calling people phonies and posting your vacation read on Instagram is pretty much the same thing.

Here’s the best part: Rooney’s characters mock this cultural charade in their very book. When discussing book readings, protagonist Connell says, “It was culture as class performance, literature fetishized for its ability to take educated people on false emotional journeys, so that they might afterwards feel superior to the uneducated people whose emotional journeys they liked to read about.” I have a feeling he and Holden would be two peas in a pod.

Continue reading

August Wrap Up

What I’m Up To

August was a month of relaxation for me. I’m only home for a few months every year, so I loved spending time with my family- especially by the pool. But, I’m so excited to start school next week.

Last school year, I really struggled with keeping up with my blogging schedule, so this year I’m making a change. I’ve scheduled posts to post automatically through November. In November, during Thanksgiving break, I’ll schedule posts up until winter break. I’m optimistic that this system will work fantastically, but if there’s any problems, feel free to reach out on my contact page.

pcWhat’s On My Bedside Table

Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss. Moss, a features writer at Bustle chronicles the history of 80’s and 90’s Young Adult cult classics, from Sweet Valley High to Goosebumps. Think: Everything after Forever but before Harry Potter. I’m only 100 pages in, but it’s so interesting to learn about an era of YA that I know almost nothing about. Check out my review soon and check out Paperback Crush when it hits shelves October 30.

Continue reading