Review: Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume One
Alice Oseman
Graphix
Published May 5, 2020 (Originally published in 2018)

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About Heartstopper: Volume One

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance.

But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

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My Review

I haven’t watched Heartstopper on Netflix yet (here’s the trailer), because I wanted to read it first, so I borrowed this volume from the library. (It’s backordered so many places right now.)

I really liked how sweet Charlie is and his wild, goofy hair. The friendship that develops between him and Nick feels genuine and beautiful. I loved the way the panels show such a broad range of emotions, from embarrassment to confusion to hurt to attraction… there’s a lot of storytelling that happens strictly in their faces. I loved that.

Because it’s a graphic novel, HEARTSTOPPER: VOLUME ONE is a pretty quick read. I think it took me about an hour? Maybe less? I probably would have jumped immediately into the second book if I’d had it at the time. As soon as it’s my turn at the library, I’ll catch up on the next volume.

If you have already read and loved HEARTSTOPPER, you might like ESTRANGED by Nathan Aldridge. It’s fantasy, so obviously different, but has a sweet, slowly unfolding romance and is a graphic novel.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Representation
Charlie is gay. There are other characters who are queer but don’t specifically label themselves. Charlie’s friend is Asian.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Extreme profanity used pretty frequently.

Romance/Sexual Content – content warning for assault
Kissing between two boys. In one scene, a boy kisses Charlie without his consent, while Charlie yells for him to stop.

Spiritual Content
None.

Violent Content – content warning for assault
In one scene, a boy kisses Charlie without his consent, while Charlie yells for him to stop. In one scene, a boy grabs another boy and shoves him, threatening to beat him up.

Drug Content
None.

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