Review: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The dumpster fire that was March has finally come to a close. I’ve been doing a lot of reading this month, but with the current state of the world, I haven’t felt much like writing, and it feels a little silly to indulge in it with such scary things going on right now. But, more than ever I need a good distraction, and hopefully this blog can provide that for someone else, too.

With all that being said, I read nine books this month, three of which were volumes one, two, and three of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Heartstopper is an ongoing web comic, a spinoff of Oseman’s debut novel Solitaire, in which Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson are secondary characters. Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie and Nick becoming best friends and falling in love, all while navigating high school, friendships, and coming to terms with ones identity.

This is my first time reading Oseman’s books, and my first graphic novel, probably ever. And I LOVED it. I loved watching the relationship between Charlie and Nick progress from acquaintances, to best friends, to boyfriends. My heart was at risk of exploding 99 percent of the time, and it was a wonderful reading experience. I feel very attached to both Charlie and Nick as characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story continues in volume four.

In summary, go read Heartstopper if you haven’t already, 10/10 would recommend, and if you have read it, please join me for mutual squealing in the comment section, I would love to hear from you.

Until next time, happy reading (and please wash your hands).

– H.

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