Book Review: Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

If you haven’t read this yet – prepare yourself for the cutest, fluffiest (but with so much heart) story you’ll read this year.


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… 

My Thoughts

I first heard about this via Simone on her Instagram feed over on Simone and her Books. I borrowed Heartstopper from the library immediately because after perusing reviews real quick I didn’t see a single negative one. And mine is just going to add to them 🙂

I loved so much about this book. The art style, the story itself., the way Oseman put in little emojis or hearts next to a character to help describe and show how they are feeling.

We get to watch Nick and Charlie fall in love with each other on page and it’s fun, relatable, and cute as hell. Nick is especially relatable (at least to me) as a previously identifying straight human and trying to figure out what all of his romantic feelings for Charlie mean.

I don’t want to spoil anything more than I already have, but I do want to say that I love the way that Nick makes Charlie feel: safe and appreciated.

Until the cliffhanger ending that is. 😅

Pick this one up! You won’t regret it!

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