Social Conventions is a coming of age story that illustrates one person’s struggle to grow in modern society. This is a novel about normal life, about sexual awakening, family and relationships. Beyond this Social Conventions portrays a battle between one individual’s wants and social norms. More
This novel centers around a character struggling to adapt to social norms. Doug, the main character, is desperate to become and remain popular. In this attempt Doug becomes someone he is not. A battle then ensues between the person Doug wants to be and the person he is. Doug is forced to overcome issues related to his awakening sexuality, family, relationships and social life to become who he wants to be. This is seemingly an impossible task as, in doing so, Doug is moving away from well known social conventions one must adhere to in order to be popular. This is a novel about normal life. It is a battle between an individual’s wants and social norms. Beyond this it is a coming of age story that illustrates how hard it is for a person to grow into themselves in modern society.