The book focuses on Marianne and Connell, who attend the same secondary school in Ireland. Connell is popular and captain of the football team but his mother cleans house for Marianne’s mother. Marianne is socially awkward but does very well academically. Marianne and Connell don’t appear in public together often, but behind closed doors, they have an intimate relationship that spans years. It’s a relationship fraught with miscommunication and personal crisis that keeps them together and apart over the years. It’s a story about intense young love that makes this a realistic and satisfying read. I recommend reading the book and then watching the series to see how it holds up.