Anyone who has experienced campus life, whether in 1981 or 2009, knows a student like Norma Rogers. She is that girl from freshman year. She is the girl who gets drunk and plays strip poker on the first night of college. The girl who sleeps with a few guys from the dorm floor before the week is through. You either knew Norma Rogers in college or you were Norma Rogers in college.
Regardless of your personal experience, you will find that the themes in Evans’ novel are universally relatable. At heart, Norma is essentially finding herself. Throughout her first year, she clumsily learns to navigate her newly found freedom and the choices it brings. Norma learns more about who she is and what she believes in.