the protagonist is; >not used to having friends >has no experience with boys>has little self confidence >is not used to drinking or socializing >has no work experience >is only just discovering independence >is 'finding herself'
I mean yeah, she's one year out of high school, so maybe 19, not 17, but what is the difference really? It's a coming of age story. The way she's characterized, for all intensive purposes, she's a teenager. There are many 16 year olds who are more mature with more life experience than her.