By Sally Rooney
Published by Hogarth
on July 11, 2017
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. 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.
Written with gem-like precision and probing intelligence, Conversations With Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth."
This was a book club pick, and I’m glad I read it and am interested in checking out Sally Rooney’s other books. I sort of liked this and sort of didn’t – despite my disinterest in several of the characters, I was surprised at how quickly I read this one.
I just had a difficult time really getting into this one though. There didn’t feel like much of a plot – the story just meandered along – and I didn’t care for any of the characters enough to truly feel emotionally invested in them and their lives and what happens to them.
I thought the writing was good, but I admit that I was left with a big ‘So what?’ feeling when I finished and I don’t know what I got out of reading this. What was the point? I know people really love this one, and I’m frustrated that I feel like I’m missing something. I want to love this too and see what other people see in it!