Marianne is asked to help the other girls organise the Debs, and her relationship with Connell causes friction between Connell and his mother.
Connell joins Marianne’s social circle at university but doesn’t fit in.
In modern, rural Ireland, Connell and Marianne, on different ends of their school’s social scene, begin an intense, secret affair.
Marianne and Connell’s affair continues, but the pressures of the outside world start to take their toll.
Connell betrays Marianne by making a cowardly choice. Marianne withdraws from school, causing Connell intense guilt.
Connell finds college lonely; Marianne finds instant popularity. After running into each other, they decide to try to be friends.
Connell joins Marianne’s social circle but doesn’t fit in. He apologises for how he treated her; she reconsiders her relationship with her new boyfriend, Gareth.
Connell and Marianne are together, but when he loses his job and she has an upsetting trip home, they withdraw from each other.
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In the summer before their final year in college, Frances and her best friend, Bobbi, meet an impressive writer, Melissa. Frances finds herself drawn to Melissa’s husband, Nick.
At Melissa’s birthday party, Frances finds herself alone with Nick. They can’t resist the attraction between them and kiss. Frances agonises over what this all might mean.
Back in Dublin, Frances and Nick meet to discuss the kiss. Their attraction deepens, and they begin an affair. Things become more complicated when Nick leaves for the summer.
Frances and Bobbi travel to Croatia to join Melissa and Nick on holiday, where Frances and Nick realise that they are still attracted to each other.
Frances and Nick grow closer, but things become tense between Bobbi and Frances as Bobbi senses a change in her friend. A visit from Melissa’s agent raises tensions in the villa.
Back in Ireland, tensions remain unresolved with Bobbi. Frances visits her mother but is rushed to hospital when she starts bleeding heavily.
As final year begins, Bobbi reveals she is looking for a room to rent, and Frances asks her to move in. Nick and Frances contemplate being more open about their relationship.
At Melissa’s book launch, Frances struggles with her growing feelings for Nick. Her jealousy frustrates Bobbi. Feeling alone, Frances joins Tinder and seeks intimacy elsewhere.