Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. All thoughts are my own and are in no way impacted by receiving a copy.
Release Date: October 2019
Dates Read: January 1st, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genre: LGBTQ+, romance, young adult, contemporary, graphic novel
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, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
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. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
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…
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is one of the first graphic novels I have the pleasure of owning and I must say it is a definite favourite of mine. When first reading this I had never had the pleasure of reading the authors work, at the time of this review I am about to finish my third book by them. This graphic novel is so dang cute and the drawings, wow.
I didn’t know how I would actually like the format. I am someone who years ago said the only book I wanted to read was physical and had no pictures. Since then I have grown to love ebooks, audiobooks and, now, it seems graphic novels.
Heartstopper is the perfect combination of cheesy and sweet. I could not stop smiling as I read it. The graphics and the whole story had me devouring this book in less than an hour. It was a dang experience.
This particular graphic novel follows Charlie and Nick who quickly form a friendship which becomes more. It is incredibly simple in terms of storyline but truly that is sometimes the best kind of book. Charlie is out as gay and slowly begins to fall for Nick – who he believes is straight. This shows book truly does how sexuality is fluid.
Honestly, Heartstopper is the perfect feel-good read. Alice Oseman really knocked it out of the park despite the fact that I am literally speechless about it. I highly recommend this book as a super easy read – and something to help bump up your reading goal even (who doesn’t love that!). Definitely a book I will be raving about for a while.
Happy reading everyone!
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