Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel “Normal People” tells the story of Connell and Marianne, two Irish teenagers who have a complicated and profound connection with each other. Hulu’s adaptation carefully follows the book and brings the two withdrawn characters to life on screen as Connell and Marianne grow into adults together.
Marianne is an isolated rich girl who can’t seem to connect with her high school peers. Connell is a popular soccer star whose mother works as a housekeeper at Marianne’s home. When Connell tries to befriend Marianne, the two begin to date in secret as Connell is afraid of what would happen if people knew he was sleeping with the school’s prickly outcast. When Connell asks another girl to the dance in an effort to hide his relationship with Marianne, she’s heartbroken and refuses to speak to him anymore.