Girls Problem: Your college frenemy is succeeding at that which you fail.
Maybe fail is too strong a word for what Hannah is doing—floundering would be better. In Hannah’s head we’re sure she’s imagining the worst about her own shortcomings (just like she says she does to Marnie later on) in light of Tally’s accomplishment. To Hannah’s credit, Tally is just as passive aggressive as she claims, saying to Hannah that her book “just poured out of her” and that it was like she “water-birthed her truth,” while making note of Hannah’s struggles to write and disguising it as a compliment to her dedication. (Barf.) Marnie, who is supposed to be Hannah’s rock, offers no words of encouragement and instead sings Tally’s praises. (Annoying.) Luckily, Hannah’s ex-prof is there to prop her up: he still remembers her essay about being grounded for wearing shorts. (How short would they have had to be to get her grounded?) Is it crazy that when Powell Goldman looks her up and down at the party we feel there’s some attraction? Marnie saw it too, so we don’t think we’re imagining it.
Ten Years From Now: Hannah will learn that there will always be people like Tally who walk this earth, and they unfortunately don’t get any kind of comeuppance like mean girls and slimeballs do in movies.
Girls Problem: Your roommate’s boyfriend weirds you out.
Adam is an oddball with necessary odd habits and a predilection for shirtlessness and sweatiness. Marnie is as straight as they come, and also looks like one of those girls who never sweats. His intrusion in the apartment would be less contentious if Hannah and Marnie were on equal ground, but because Marnie is paying the rent, she is even touchier about boundaries than ever. Though she may not realize it, paying all the bills is making her view Hannah as a guest in their home, and Adam as an uninvited one using up all the toilet paper and toothpaste she bought.
Ten Years From Now: In 10 years Marnie won’t have a roommate, but we could see Hannah still sharing space and eating other people’s yogurt. Just like Adam’s not one for shirts, she’s not one for boundaries.
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