Summary (from the publisher):
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…
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
My students have been obsessed with the Netflix adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novel (and news flash, I am too!), which encouraged me to finally pick up the book . Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence (contemporary fiction prose, not graphic novel) was one of my FAVORITES back in 2017, so I was excited to jump back into her work. I’m only two episodes into the TV show so far, but I love how true it has stayed to the graphic novel so far — and I like the changes too!
The British set graphic novel series follows high school boys, Charlie and Nick. Charlie is an openly gay student at Truham Grammar School for Boys, and a change in his schedule leads him to meet Nick, a soft-spoken rugby player. As the two spend more time together, Charlie can’t help but feel chemistry between himself and Nick.
Heartstopper is the type of graphic novel that you can read in one 1 hour long sitting. I absolutely blew through this first volume & then immediately put the next two on hold from the library. The book was so cute, and I loved both Charlie & Nick. The book & Netflix series both make for such a fantastic coming of age story, alongside its LGBTQ+ themes. I think this first volume is perfect for readers looking to break into graphic novels. If you have seen any promos for this series or are inclined to pick up based on the hype, definitely do so! P.S. If you love Heartstopper, then definitely check out Jen Wang’s The Prince & the Dressmaker.
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