Book Review: Heartbreaker Volume 1 & 2

This is England, not Antarctica. Deal with it

I bought Heartstopper Volume 1 as a gamble, I heard a few people say it was good but I am really not the right person for a romance story. But I loved it and immediately after finishing I bought Volume 2.

Book Review: Heartstopper Volume 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman


Title & Author: Heartstopper Volume 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman
Genre: Romance, Comic
Release date: October 2018 (self published, on Feburary 7 2019 officially with a publisher)
Series: Heartstopper
Publisher: Selfpublished, later Hoddler Books


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, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

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. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and 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. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

I give Heartstopper Volume 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman five out of five hearts because I loved it. It was cheesy and cute.

In the beginning I was confused because Charlie was in a relationship with Ben and it was a suckey one at best. But when he finally meets Nick you can immediately see the chemistry between the two. Charlie is cute, dorky and adorable. But Nick is adorable too, even when he is confused.

Maybe that is what I liked the most about these graphic novels, yes they are a romance story. But they are so much more. They are about how two people can develop a friendship that can end in more than that. It’s about friendship and accepting each others differences. It’s about love in all it’s forms.

The story is written though great dialogue and the images of the comic are done in a cute style. Even though it is black and white, it doesn’t need more. I loved picking up the second volume and being able to see these two grow more. I can’t wait for Volume 3 to come out next month.

I think I will try one of Alice Oseman’s other books soon, but I have always been a bit hesitant to read them but I think they might surprise me.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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