Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends

Winner of the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the YearOne of Vogue's 10 Best Books of 2017 ∙ Slate's 10 Favorite Books of the Year ∙'s Best Books of the Year ∙ The Cut's Best Books by Women A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st centuryFrances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Du...

Details Conversations with Friends

TitleConversations with Friends
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherHogarth Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, Ireland, Literary Fiction, European Literature, Irish Literature

Reviews Conversations with Friends

  • Esil
    A very tepid 3 stars. Conversations with Friends is another one of those books about not particularly nice people entangled in awkward relationships. I've certainly read many books of this nature that I've found clever and quite enjoyed, but this one was just ok. Frances and Bobbi -- both young women who used to be in a relationship with each other -- become entangled with somewhat older heterosexual couple Nick and Melissa. It's all told from Fr...
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    **2 STARS***shoulder shrug* Unfiltered review the synopsis of the book had me excited. I just knew I was going to love this book. It sounded like I was going to get a little bit of YA and NA combined into one brilliant masterpiece. Sadly, for me, that did not happen.I want to start with the first and deepest reason why I never connected with this book. It’s a big one, lovers.There are no quotation marks. It was e...
  • Sam
    I didn't really respond well to Conversations with Friends. The writing itself is quite good in terms of realistic dialogue and description, but I found all of the characters entirely unlikable and hard to empathize with, very few with any positive animating traits, mostly just self-absorbed, narcissistic, occasionally cruel and capricious. Either in addition to or because I didn't respond to the characters, I also didn't respond to the plot well...
  • Jill
    I’ve been thinking a lot about aging lately: the way our perspective changes and how our need for stability, trust and healthy relationships become so much more valued than intoxicating, crash-and-burn emotional roller-coasters of our younger years.I say this as means of introduction because while reading Conversations with Friends, it occurred to me that those readers who are not familiar with the confusing yet exhilarating times of poor choic...
  • Elyse
    Audiobook... read by Alice McMahonThe audio-narration was wonderfully alive an addictive. Granted this isn’t exactly a book a parent would ever recommend to their young adult- 20-ish old child - daughter or this is not an educational book on inspiring relationships — But for me — as a 66 year old married fart who values honesty- with little-to-zero respect for adultery...( consented is up to the couple -‘lies’- destroy others)....
  • Barry Pierce
    The narrator of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends at one point states that she never wants to work.I had no plans as to my future financial sustainability: I never wanted to earn money for doing anything. [...] I'd felt that my disinterest in wealth was ideologically healthy. I'd checked what the average yearly income would be if the gross world product were evenly divided among everyone, and according to Wikipedia it would be $16, 100. I...
  • Marchpane
    Conversations with Friends (the title and sunny cover are fairly misleading) is a stark, reflective novel which asks the reader to inhabit the mind of 21 year old poet and college student, Frances. She appears to be coolly detached from her feelings, at least in the beginning, and analytical to the point of neurosis.We get a sense of Frances' excruciating self-consciousness at the start of the novel, when she and her ex-girlfriend Bobbi are invit...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This book revolves around two college students in Dublin named Frances and Bobbi and their relationship with Melissa & Nick who are a married couple they meet early in the story.It is told from the point of view of Frances which at times can be described as very matter-of-factly and at other times as very introspective. A lot of the interactions happened by email which I thought was a bit strange since nowadays most people communicate by text. I ...
  • Blair
    Okay, I think this book might have worked better for me if I'd read it before Elif Batuman's The Idiot. Batuman and Rooney give their narrators similar voices: sharp, clear and deadpan but excessively self-aware. Both use email conversations to map out the development of a relationship. Both novels are told from the perspective of naive, supposedly intelligent young women who appear largely passive, falling into particular courses of action more ...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.This book gave me so many feels. It was a roller coaster of emotions. For some reason I really connected to this book. There was something so captivating about it. I felt like this book would make a great movie or miniseries on HBO. There's something really special and different about it that would translate well to the screen.The characters felt very real and I think that's w...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    When I started reading this book, I thought that it was “just” going to be about a couple of friends, sharing intelligent and interesting conversations over dinner. It turns out it was obviously about much more than that. This is in many ways a book about feeling uprooted in your life and finding yourself in a hole you have a hard time digging yourself out of. But it’s also a book about that special relationship you have with a person who s...
  • Bianca
    Meah, blah, I'm giving up, I've already spent too much time in the company of these characters. I don't mind unlikable characters, I don't have an issue with sexual fluidity or cheating (as in I don't need a trigger warning, it doesn't prevent me from reading a novel). In saying all that, the characters were insufferable, vacuous, bland, and the writing didn't agree with me at all. In my year of reading mostly chick -lit, I created a GR shelf Im-...
  • Marcello S
    Ogni tanto la sera quando io e Bobbi eravamo a letto chiamava mio padre. Senza fare rumore portavo il telefono in bagno e rispondevo. Era sempre meno lucido. Certe volte sembrava convinto di essere inseguito. Diceva: ho questi pensieri, brutti pensieri, sai? Mia madre diceva che i fratelli e le sorelle di mio padre avevano ricevuto le stesse telefonate, ma che cosa potevamo farci? Quando andavano a trovarlo non era mai in casa. Spesso sentivo del...
  • Matteo Fumagalli
    VIDEORECENSIONE:"Le cose e le persone mi si muovevano intorno, posizionandosi in base a oscure gerarchie, partecipando a un sistema di cui non sapevo e mai avrei saputo nulla. Una complessa rete di oggetti e nozioni. Prima di capire certe cose le devi vivere. Non puoi sempre assumere una posizione analitica.Vieni a prendermi, ho detto."
  • Britta Böhler
    Nope, not my kind of book. Bored by the story, and the writing style didnt do it for me either.
  • Gumble's Yard
    I even began searching my emails and texts for “evidence” of our affairThat night I decided to start reading over my old instant message conversations with Bobbi …. It comforted me to know that my friendship with Bobbi wasn’t confined to memory alone, and that textual evidence of her past fondness for me would survive her actual fondness if necessaryOur [Frances and Nick’s] relationship was like a word document which we were writing and...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    "A sharply intelligent novel about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple." - GoodreadsLet's be honest...Selfish and self-absorbed young woman discusses her daily escapades with equally selfish and self-absorbed people of various occupation and age and learns absolutely nothing.Sally Rooney's dialogue's realistic, albeit a bit strange considering Frances, the main character, remains an android...
  • Greta
    Questa non è una recensione, e non è nemmeno un commento. Sono solo poche righe intrise di grande delusione, perché di questo romanzo avevo letto meraviglie (almeno fra i lettori italiani, già cercando fra recensioni straniere il numero di stelline mi pare abbassarsi sensibilmente), e invece non sono riuscita nemmeno ad andare oltre pagina 124. Sulla carta, avrei dovuto apprezzare moltissimo tutto questo: una scrittrice della mia generazione ...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Talking ’bout My Generation?Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award shortlist review #2(I am on the official shadow panel of book bloggers.)(Nearly 4.5) The first thing to note about a novel with “Conversations” in the title is that there are no quotation marks denoting speech. In a book so saturated with in-person chats, telephone calls, texts, e-mails and instant messages, the lack of speech marks reflects the swirl of voices in twent...
  • Michael Livingston
    Wonderful - funny, smart and sad - not much happens in this book, but it's a joy to spend time with these difficult, intelligent and sometimes unpleasant people.
  • Domenico Fina
    Se dovessi riassumerlo con una frase direi: Noi siamo quello che non ci aspettiamo di essere e che nemmeno gli altri si aspettano da noi. Traduzione di Maurizia Balmelli. (Titolo originale "Conversations with friends", 2017) "Ai campi preferisco le case, ho detto. Sono più poetiche, perché dentro ci sono le persone".In questo romanzo non ci sono particolari descrizioni di paesaggi, il paesaggio che interessa Frances, la voce narrante, sono le p...
  • Paulo Ratz
    Ai que livrão, MEU DEUS.Assim, não é NADA demais. Não vai mudar sua vida, te jogar no chão, te fazer chorar, gritar de rir, repensar conceitos, nada disso. Mas que história envolvente, que prazer que eu senti lendo... eu tentei ir lendo aos poucos pra guardar o livro e não terminar nunca. Infelizmente acabou e fiquei abraçado no livro olhando pro nada. Um dia vou reler. Juro! Acho.
  • Samantha
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!!!!I won an ARC of Conversations with Friends here on Goodreads as a giveaway from Crown Publishing Group, and I'm so glad I did! I'm thrilled to have won this for review, because I have so much to say about it!!! This is by far my favorite ARC that I've ever won. Sally Rooney's debut novel is definitely one of the best books of 2017, and it certainly joins the ranks of my favorite books of all time. Conversations with Friends was...
  • Roman Clodia
    This is a hard book to rate and review: on one hand, I didn't find it particularly sharp or witty or sparkling as claimed in the blurb; on the other, I gulped it down in a day. It's certainly easy and untaxing reading (so good for commutes, holidays etc.) but is still a step-up from chick-lit. Frances, the first-person protagonist, is a blurry character: her role in the story is a pretty dominant and dominating one yet her voice makes her out to ...
  • Jenny
    I can't say I hated it but I sure didn't love it. Early on I felt like I had a lot in common with the main character Frances when it came to her everyday anxieties, but eventually her inability to be honest and open with those who she was closest to really confused and bothered me. I guess my main feeling upon finishing this was "what was the point?" I kept waiting for some sort of human truth to be revealed and if there was one I didn't get it. ...
  • Adrian White
    This is cool and classy and hip and hot and happening - plus I also found it to be compulsively readable. A little like when you're reading a Lee Child novel and you're 80 pages in without even realising it and you wonder 'how does he do that?', I similarly have no idea how Sally Rooney kept me going back to these (in many ways) insufferable characters. But I did, and I cared about them, even if I didn't like them. I just didn't really, really ca...
  • Lark Benobi
    The language is for much of the book enjoyably precise. The sentences have a staccato rhythm that I found appealing. The narrator is hyperactively self-aware in a way that reminded me of Miranda July's writing. I enjoyed the story. Some of the scenes seemed unnecessary, though, and the stakes throughout didn't seem particularly high. I enjoyed spending time even so with a smart narrator and a smart author.
  • L O R I L I N
    Frances and Bobbie are best friends in their early twenties. Despite the fact that they used to date back in the day, they still have an easy friendship. They also perform spoken word poetry together and are basically inseparable. Their relationship is tested, though, when they meet a quasi-famous and free-spirited couple, photographer Melissa and her actor husband Nick. Bobbie immediately develops a crush on Melissa, which goes nowhere. But Fran...