Heartstopper by Alice Oseman


by Alice Oseman.

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Goodreads: link.

BCharlie, 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…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Length: 288 Pages.

Series: Heartstopper #1

Genre: YA. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Graphic Novel.

Read as an: Paperback

My Thoughts

Okay so first up I loved this book(!) but you need to know the emotional journey I went on while reading it.

  • I had a Bubble bath and read Heartstopper.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I researched and found out it is a web-comic.
  • I read all that is available of the web-comic.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I preordered the fuck out of the second book.

Heartstopper is so easy to read and is so heartwarming. The book is a Young Adult comic so don’t expect too many heavy or adult concerns about relationships but having said that it does tackle homophobia, bullying, and the individual concerns of coming out.

If you are after a story about two boys as they gravitate towards each other and learn to love each other, then really what are you doing? You should be reading the web-comic. The rest of the cast also draw you into the story with their small appearances leaving you will more questions and the desire to know more, which is great because if you want to know more, you can read the authors other novels which take place in the same universe.

The art of the book is just so eye catching and clear – the pacing and spacing of the panels are so seamless and the handwritten feel of the text all combine to create such a beautiful and easy to read graphic novel.


Honestly, if you’re looking for a easy and warm read, I would recommend Heartstopper. It is, without being condescending or obnoxious, incredibly cute. I read this comic with a smile on my face and at the end of this first book, simply had to know more about Charlie and Nick.

Are there any QUILTBAG comics that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 😊 I always have room in my reading list and heart for more LGBTQ comics.

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