By Alice Oseman
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…
From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.
I picked up ‘Hearstopper’ after Chloe from Books with Chloe talked about it on her channel.
Pretty much we follow Charlie as he experiences teenage life and the positives and negatives that come along with it, especially being out in an all boys school. In the first instalment of the series Charlie becomes friends with Nick, a member of the rugby team and an unlikely friend. They grow ever closer which can prove more complicated than both of them thought.
Charlie is a great main character. I instantly wanted the best for him and wanted him to experience a deeper connection with someone at his school. He is definitely a lovable character who I feel many can connect with.
The art style in ‘Heartstopper’ is black and white. It very much appealed to me as a reader, keeping it simple, yet detailed without the art over powering the story that is being told.
‘Heartstopper’ volume one is a great read that leaves us on a cliffhanger. It really opens up a different world and explores topics that I haven’t seen explored in many books (that I’ve read) before this.
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10