Heartstopper: Volumes 1-3 by Alice Oseman
Publication Dates: September 2016, July 11th 2019, & February 6th 2020
TW: homophobia, bullying, off-page outing, sexual assault, minor violence, discussion of eating disorders and self-harm
I swear by now everyone has either heard of, or seen the Heartstopper graphic novels floating around on the internet, especially now that there’s a TV-show adaptation in the works over at Netflix. So I finally lit a fire under myself, and got around to reading the three volumes that are released in the US. (Thank you to my fabulous library!!) And honestly, I’m glad I waited, because I binged them all back-to-back-to-back. And then one more time for good measure.
The Heartstopper graphic novels follow Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player. They get seated next to each other at their all-boys grammar school and become fast friends, but that’s not the only thing growing between them.
What I Liked:
- NICK & CHARLIE!! They are the absolute cutest and their adorable-ness brings a constant grin to my face! I just want them to have a happy, angst-free existence!! I WILL RIOT!
- I also really loved the rest of the cast of characters! I was equally invested in each of their stories and character development. Excited to see more of all of them in the next two volumes! Especially Tara & Darcy.
- I love how even while dealing with serious topics, this series never loses it’s levity or joy in the small moments or the big.
My 1st Read: These books are so cute, and fluffy, and heart-warming!! ❤ ❤
My 2nd Read: These books are actually a lot darker than I first thought, but still soft AF.
- I also like that Alice Oseman draws these graphic novels themselves, and that they started off as (and continue as) a webcomic.
What I Didn’t Like:
- I actually don’t have any dislikes, only a single comment. Some of the art in the first volume is a little awkwardly drawn, like the proportions/dimensions are off. I know it kind of bothered me (because I have a weird brain), but I didn’t see any of it in the next two volumes, so don’t let it be a deterrent to you (if you also have a weird brain). [EDIT: After rereading the series twice more, I’ve realized it’s literally a single set of panels in the first book that bothers me. Idk what is wrong my brain.]
These books are great and I can’t recommend them enough. Nick & Charlie are just too soft and adorable and all I want for them is happiness!!