In the pop culture arena, the idea of first love usually falls into one of two camps.
It’s either a sweetly perfect template for what a relationship should look like, or it’s messy, uncomfortable and cruel, forever sentenced to remain a cringeworthy tale divulged to girlfriends after too many bottles of wine.
Yet in reality, first love, especially among teenagers and young adults, can be vastly transformative, widely complicated and also completely joyful, especially when you remove the overused angsty love triangles that seem to always pervade YA fiction.
This idea is very much the crux of Stan’s highly anticipated new series Normal People, based on the beloved and bestselling novel of the same name by Sally Rooney.
You probably know the novel, or you’ve at least seen the front cover on your Insta-feeds. It was on everyone’s book club lists in 2019, and for good reason, and…