Heartstopper V.1-4 By Alice Oseman
Genre: Romance, LGBT, Graphic Novel
Pages: 278 – 320 – 384 – 384
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Rating: Above 4 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: 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…
Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders, Mental Illness, Homophobia, Transphobia.
I realized i talked about the tv show being produced, but never talked about the graphic novels.
Have you ever read an Alice Oseman book? She is a great young writer (also really sweet on her tumblr with the fans, i talk about tumblr because that’s the social media i use, not because she isn’t nice in other social media).
I remember reading Solitaire a few years ago (and i should reread it to be honest) the alongside the main characters we meet Charlie and Nick (Tori’s brother and his boyfriend). In Heartstopper we get to know the story of these two characters more. From the moment they met and until now, everything that happened to them since.
Heartstopper, it’s written and drawn by Alice. She does a magnificent job in both sides of the story, her drawings are adorable, and the story, though it started very sweet and simple has become very mature.
In the first volumes we just see how the romance between the main characters starts and develops, but as we dive more and more into the story we learn there is a lot more than meets the eye.
To be honest i don’t know how much she knows about eating disorders and mental health, but she seems to nail it, at least from what i’ve seen in my life about these topics. They stay true to the characters and to real life. They are being presented and represented very well, as well is the hospitalization of Charlie (sorry for the spoiler but i think you need to know this happens, since it could be a trigger for some people).
There are some diffuclt topics she manages to touch in the GN, Charlie is bullied because of his sexual orientation, there is a trans character (friend of the MC) who talks about being rejected for being so, there is talking about OCD, depression and eating disorders.
Overall, it is a very complete series, it is still going on and strong. I believe Alice will keep doing a great job with it, like until now. I totally recommend it to everyone looking for a cute story with some more important topics to talk about.
I give it 4.5 stars for sure!
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