Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love...
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is a LGBTQ+ graphic novel about two school boys, Charlie and Nick. 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 think he has a chance. After receiving this as a birthday gift in November, I finally got round to reading this! Here is my spoiler free review of Heartstopper.
The Illustrations and Art Style
I absolutely adore Alice’s art style. It is so simple and yet perfectly illustrative of every expression and emotional state. You can perfectly read the room and atmosphere in every scene through her art and I love that! It is not overly complicated or detailed. It allows for your eye to glide along the pages from scene to scene and grasp perfectly what is happening between the characters. The only thing that would make the pages even better, would be a splash of colour.
The Characters and World Building
I love that each character in this story is so unique. Their personalities are reflected so well through the dialogue and illustrations. The school setting is so relatable too. You can really pick out the kinds of characters you had in your own classes and put yourself in their shoes based on your own experiences and I appreciated that a lot. It was like a throwback to secondary school days for me.
Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us…
Charlie and Nick are absolutely adorable both individually and as friends. I love that Charlie just owns who he is even though things aren’t always the best for him. The relationship he has with his sister is so loveable. As an older sister I loved her moments with Charlie. She spoke like she knew what he was going through before he had even fully processed it himself and I related to that a lot.
The Story Progression and Plot
Heartstopper had twists and turns I was not expecting at all which I liked. I could not put this down, flying through the pages needing to know how things ended. Naturally, it only being volume one, it was less of an ending and more of a massive cliffhanger. So I’m desperate to get my hands on Volume 2 to read what happens next! The story, as well as the characters, was so relatable and I have no doubt that it will continue as the volumes continue.