We’re sure you’ve heard of the new graphic novel series that’s taking the bookish community by storm… Heartstopper by Alice Oseman! This series has everything you could want and more. It’s completely taken over our hearts! If you haven’t picked up this series yet what are you waiting for? To help persuade you we’ve put together some reasons why you should read the Heartstopper series!
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Summary for Volume One: 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. 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.
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…
Check out Alice’s website for content warnings for each volume.
It Has Relatable And Loveable Characters
When you say Heartstopper one of the first things that come to mind is the characters, we adore them! From goofy and fun-loving Nick to shy and sweet Tao, we can’t get enough! Even the side characters are fun to read about! Not only are these characters entertaining, but they’re also very inspiring. They teach us how to be supportive friends and how to believe in ourselves. We’ll never get tired of reading about them, they’re our ultimate comfort characters!
It’s Becoming A TV Show!
Yes, you read that right. Heartstopper is getting a tv show adaptation! It’s expected to be coming to Netflix sometime this year and we can’t wait! You know how much we love bookish adaptations and we are in love with this cast. Netflix has done fantastic jobs with recent adaptations like the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series so we know this one will stay true to the book. Alice is also directly involved in the production which we love to see!
The Beautiful Artwork
Next up, we have stunning artwork! A graphic novel just isn’t quite complete without beautiful artwork helping tell the story. The characters’ faces are so expressive, you can always tell what’s on their mind. There’s also so much attention to detail that makes the story feel even more real. From the wrinkles on their clothing to subtle lines showing movement, Alice’s art style makes us want to stop and study each scene.
A Focus On Important Topics
While Heartstopper is full of heartwarming and sweet moments, it also discusses important and serious topics such as homophobia and bullying. We feel so much sympathy for the characters as we follow their journeys. But we also feel their strength and determination. They inspire us to keep going and to stand up for what’s right even when things get tough.
It’s Totally Bingeworthy!
We have to tell you that we flew through these books! We got so sucked into this story that we were constantly engaged. The story was fast-paced and we were constantly flipping pages, we just had to know what would happen next! It’s a great series to binge since there are four volumes currently available with another in the works. We know you’ll become obsessed just like we are!
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Find Paige on Instagram @pagebypaigebooks. Paige is a bookstagrammer and blogger who loves all things bookish. From fantasy to mystery she can’t get enough! She’s always ready to recommend you a book and she can talk about her favourites all day. When she’s not reading, you can find her watching Marvel movies, playing video games, and taking bookstagram photos.