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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ FIVE STARS
THIS BOOK. What can I even say, other than it’s SO SWEET and makes me want to melt like a puddle of ice-cream? As someone who hasn’t really read or enjoyed graphic novels before, I’ve challenged myself to start branching out. My first pleasant experience was reading Mooncakes (my review) which was so freaking adorable.
Heartstopper was even better though! Charlie and Nick stole my heart completely. Be prepared, this review is pretty much just going to be me GUSHING about how much I LOVED IT. I couldn’t really find a fault (other than my NEED for MORE).
Heartstopper follows the story of Charlie, an out and proud popular student, when he meets Nick in their new homeroom. As they’ve been assigned seats, Charlie and Nick soon become friends. What starts as a supportive friendship soon begins to blossom in to something more. The slow-burn nature of this story really does it justice. Oseman has perfectly captured the confusion, longing and excitement that make up teenage sexuality and exploration.
As much as I adored Charlie, I’d have to say Nick was my favourite character. His vulnerability and confusion really pulled on my heart strings. We can all empathise with these feelings from our own youth. What really made me ADORE him was the way he never let his confusion get in the way of doing the right thing. He was so loyal and supportive of Charlie, regardless of how it impact on his own feelings, social status or made things more complicated. He was a down to Earth, wholesome guy that deserved to be happy and find love.
This story struck a chord with me. Not only was it adorable but Oseman created a masterfully artistic, yet respectful story about two individuals falling in love. The story had great pace and seemed realistic. I’m completely smitten and CANNOT WAIT for volume 2. I’ve put in a reservation at the library and am counting down the days… but unfortunately I’m WAAAAAY back in the line. It’s gonna take a while.
In the mean time though… I think I’ll re-read Volume 1 again to get another boost of adorable FEELS. This book certainly has it in spades. I read this in one sitting in around an hour and a half. If you’re considering whether to give it a try nothing should convince you more than that. It’s SHORT in length but SO SO WORTH IT!
// have you read Heartstopper? what were your thoughts on it? //