I first discovered Alice Oseman after being recommended her novel ‘Radio Silence’ due to its asexual representation. I think it’s fair to say that I absolutely loved that book and have basically been recommending and gushing about to anyone that would listen. I then found out that she would be releasing this graphic novel and of course I had to read it!!
SPOILER ALERT!! This review contains spoilers for this graphic novel. If you have not read it yet and would like to experience it spoiler-free, please stop reading this post and come back after you have read it.
At the time of writing this review, I have currently read this book twice. I read it as soon as I bought it the first time and this second time, to help me get out of a reading slump which it successfully managed to do. So, if you want a book to get you out of a reading slump, this is definitely one to read.
If like me, you don’t read a lot of graphic novels you might not think there would be much of a plot in this book but there is and it’s so cute. Without giving too much away, the story follows Nick as he discovers his sexuality and Charlie who develops feelings for Nick. It’s overall a really cute, gay romance but it also highlights the struggle that many LGBTQIA+ people go through. Even with this, it is still very much a wholesome read and you will definitely feel uplifted from reading this
I know that Heartstopper has been a comic for a while now but I went into this completely blind except knowing that Nick and Charlie were in a relationship. I really like all the characters except (if you’ve read this, I’m sure you can work out which two characters I mean). The relationships between the two characters are so clear, even in parts where there is no dialogue, the relationships just come across so well. There are a lot of characters briefly mentioned (like Charlie’s sister Tori) who I really hope start to feature in later volumes.
Of course, you can’t talk about a graphic novel without talking about the illustrations! I absolutely love the art style of the illustrations in this graphic novel. The settings themselves are not that detailed but this is perfect as it means that all of the focus is on the characters themselves. Saying that though, there are moments with beautiful interiors drawn such as at Harry’s party.
I would definitely recommend this graphic novel to everyone reading this who haven’t already. It’s such a wholesome story with characters you really do fall in love with. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the later volumes and follow Nick and Charlie’s love story.
I hope you enjoyed this review (I haven’t done one for over a year so I’m sorry if it’s a bit rough). Have you read Heartstopper, what did you think of it?