Heartstopper Volume 1 | Review

☾ about the book

Title: Heartstopper Volume 1
Author: Alice Oseman
Series: Heartstopper
Published: 2018
Format: paperback, graphic novel
Pages: 278
Rating: ★★★★★
Trigger Warnings: physical assault, verbal homophobia

☾ the synopsis

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

☾ the characters

Charlie is the only openly gay boy at his school – because he got outed.
He enjoys playing the drums, and he has a kind-of-sort-of thing going on with Ben, one of his classmates.
But then he meets Nick in class, and the two of them instantly click.
Of course, Charlie begins to develop a crush on Nick, who’s very affectionate towards Charlie, but Charlie tells himself that Nick is straight, and that that’s a reason they can’t be together.
Nick really likes Charlie, and even suggests him for the school’s rugby team.
As they spend more and more time together, Nick notices that he also has feelings for Charlie.
The problem is just – Nick isn’t sure about how he feels, and then there is also Tara, his girl-crush.

☾ the world building

The story is set in Truham, Great Britain.

☾ what i liked about this book

I loved everything about this book!
It was just what I was hoping for, incredibly diverse, and in-your-face accurate about the experience with coming out, being outed and discovering who you are without compromising your situation.
The art style is adorable and the graphic novel is a really quick read,. perfect for those times when you just want a little bit of romance to cheer you up.

☾ what i didn’t like about this book

There was nothing I disliked about this book!

☾ should you read this book?

If you are a fan of Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston or Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, the Heartstopper graphic novels are the perfect read for you!

Have you read the first Volume in the Heartstopper series? Share your thoughts below but don’t forget to keep them spoiler free!

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