So I just read Heartstoppers by Alice Oseman and…
I loved this book a lot. For a Lesbian I haven’t read a lot of LGBTQ+ books and I really feel guilty about that so this year I’m trying to make more of an effort to read books like this. I hope this is obvious with the other books I’ve been reading lately and with this one.
Shy drummer Charlie sits next to rugby player Nick one day in class, starting a wonderful and very unlikely friendship though Charlie wishes it could be more. While dealing with suspicious friends, rugby practice and awkward interactions with exs, Nick is left questioning himself and Charlie is trying to deal with his own emotions.
I love comics a lot. I have been reading them since even before I massively got into reading, so I always get excited when a comic like this is picked up by the bookish community. I really wasn’t disappointed in this book either, it was so sweet and romantic in every single way but was still truthful. It’s definitely not rose tinted glasses, especially when you watch Nick trying to come to terms with his identity and who he is. The characters are really interesting and they’re so cute together, I especially love Charlie. He’s got the ‘soft boy’ personality that’s a really nice contrast to Nick the rugby player.
Another thing I love so much about this book is Nick’s friends. I’ve been that age and I understand how hard friends can be so it’s interesting to see that aspect of the story. Nick doesn’t like his friends, he makes that obvious but explains that he’s friends with them because he doesn’t really have a choice in the matter and feels trapped with them. I really love how honest and true this book is.
I also love the art style too, Alice Oseman writes and illustrates the books herself and she did such a good job at it. I like how sketchy but neat it is, it’s not hard to work out what’s going on and she makes Nick’s dog look so cute!
This book is a really quick read like most comics. I’ve read the 1st and 2nd volumes now and I got through each one in a day so you’ve really got nothing to lose! The LGBTQ+ representation is amazing and really well done, I especially like seeing Nick question his own sexuality because it’s something I can relate to on a personal level. I’ve been through that! So yeah, I 100% recommend it, go and buy it!
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