Review: Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume Two
Alice Oseman
Hodder Children’s Books
Published July 11, 2019

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About Heartstopper: Volume Two

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.

Praise for the Heartstopper series:

Kirkus Reviews Best YA Romance of 2020

“Absolutely delightful. Sweet, romantic, kind. Beautifully paced. I loved this book.” — Rainbow Rowell, author of Carry On

“You’ll smile watching Charlie and Nick open up to one another, and sigh as they tiptoe into romance… falling in love doesn’t get more charming than this.” — Ngozi Ukazu, New York Times bestselling author of Check, Please!

* “Nick and Charlie’s lighthearted and tender romance is delightful, and the genuine heart present in the characters makes for a wholesome and uplifting ride… Incredibly lovable from start to finish. ” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Realistic yet uplifting, this tale of self-discovery will make readers’ hearts skip a beat.” — School Library Journal

“The romance and realistic fiction will draw readers in to this sweet story.” — Booklist

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My Review

I almost missed my spot in the library queue to borrow this book (It’s sold out on Bookshop as I’m writing up my review.), but thankfully I noticed it was my turn before the window to borrow had expired. Whew!

If you even quickly scroll past bookish spaces on social media, you’ve probably heard buzz about the Heartstoppers series on Netflix. I’ve heard a lot of positive things, so I want to check it out, but wanted a chance to read the graphic novels first. At a glance, it looks like the first season of the show mainly covers the first two novels in the book series. So, I may go ahead and start watching while I’m waiting on book three from the library.

I think I liked HEARTSTOPPER: VOLUME TWO better than volume one, honestly? Volume One focused a lot more on Charlie’s crush and his getting out of an abusive relationship. Volume Two, though, focuses a lot more on Nick and his journey to settling on an identity he’s comfortable with.

I also really enjoyed watching Nick spend time with Charlie’s friends and realize some differences in the friendships Charlie has versus his own. It pretty quickly becomes clear that Charlie has a lot of people in his life he can trust. As Nick begins to build his own network of people he trusts, it was so easy to feel that weight of isolation lifting off of him. I loved that.

I could definitely see fans of SIMON VERSUS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA loving this series. It’s adorably sweet. I’m glad I read it.

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Content Notes

Content warning for homophobic slur and bullying.

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Representation
Charlie is gay. Nick is in the process of figuring out his identity. Charlie has a trans friend. Nick has a lesbian friend.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Extreme profanity used sometimes.

Romance/Sexual Content
Kissing between two boys.

Spiritual Content
None.

Violent Content
One boy uses a homophobic slur and some fetishizing comments. Another boy punches him, starting a brief fight.

Drug Content
None.

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