Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Beautiful World, Where Are You is about two girls who do not believe in this beautiful world. In the first chapters we get to know them. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them.

There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance. If there is a book that successfully encapsulates the mishmash of conflicting emotions, which we might all endure, it is this one.