BOOK REVIEW: ALICE OSEMAN – HEARTSTOPPER (VOL. 1)

I’m not usually a graphic novel sort of a person. I used to read comics of The Simpsons when I was a kid but never took that further. But over time, it has been something that has sparked interest in me hence why I picked up Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

I’m sure everyone has read and loved this book as the Heartstopper series is a series that is loved and adored by a lot of readers – all over the world. From a web comic to now being published by Hodder. It’s aimed at the YA market but I think it has universal appeal. Here’s the synopsis:

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met… until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t stand a chance.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.

It took me a while to get into this book but once I was in, I was hooked. For me, while this is a graphic novel, the characters, especially Charlie and Nick, felt completely real and believable – a couple to root for. I found myself becoming addicted to finding out what happens next in their relationship. It will make you laugh, make you smile and also pull on the heart strings, too.

The graphics and the whole story is just brilliant. It’s accessible, it’s fun, full of heart and emotion and makes you want to keep on turning the page. You can tell that Oseman has put in a lot of passion in this project and has a great deal of care over these characters and their relationship and that shows across the whole thing.

I think this will be something incredibly useful for a young teenager perhaps going through the same emotions as Charlie and Nick. For me, when reading it, it reminded me of growing up and being in school, feeling like an outsider from everyone and unsure how to articulate these feelings like both Charlie and Nick feel. I think I would have found this useful when growing up and I hope it does the same to a lot of people growing up who may feel that they are alone and can turn to Charlie and Nick from time to time.

Ultimately, I’ve become obsessed with this story and the brilliant characters and the relationship at the centre of the entire thing between Charlie and Nick – I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next in the next volume. I’ve also become obsessed with Oseman’s art work and I think I’m going to get a print of Charlie and Nick as the prints on her website are just incredible.

This is a graphic novel about love, growing up, family, sexuality, school, but ultimately, friendship and the strength of friendship and the knowledge that you are not alone. Oseman has created something incredibly special with this book and this relationship, and I can’t wait to see where she takes it next…

Have you read Heartstopper? Are you a fan? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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