I am late to reading Normal People, which is not a shock because I don't generally keep up with modern literature, if that's even the right category for this book. It almost felt like it could be a young adult novel, which is actually more my speed in fiction these days. Having given up on sleeping and perusing the borrowed books on my Kindle in the middle of the night, I was surprised by how quickly I was pulled into the story and how little idea I had of what was going to happen to the main characters, who are both young and Irish, like the author. I finished the book in the morning and was astonished by how I had been so swept away by it. As aptly summed up in one of the two quotes I highlighted while reading, "life offers up these moments of joy despite everything."