Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Sometimes I think romance novels peaked with Austen and Bronte. The After series, a beloved romance series, references Pride and Prejudice almost religiously and Wuthering Heights acts as the model for the main relationship. Other modern romances often harken back to the Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy scenario. A man aching for a woman but utterly incapable of showing it; a strong-willed woman who mistakes his lack of game for pompous superiority. The story is one we’ve come to know well as a society, and yet it’s one that, when executed well, never disappoints. Continue reading “Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore”

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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I have a relative who always says, “yeah, but what is normal?” about various things when people say “that’s normal” or “that’s not normal.” Normalcy is, in many ways, a social construct. What is “normal” to some may not be normal to others. Sally Rooney’s Normal People brings to light what it’s like to yearn for something normal and also examines why “normal” is a loaded term. Connell and Marianne are two people who appear very different but form a very strong friendship and complicated on-again-off-again relationship. Continue reading “Normal People by Sally Rooney”