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HeartStopper by Alice Oseman – Book Review

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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ FIVE STARS

THIS BOOK. What can I even say, other than it’s SO SWEET and makes me want to melt like a puddle of ice-cream? As someone who hasn’t really read or enjoyed graphic novels before, I’ve challenged myself to start branching out. My first pleasant experience was reading Mooncakes (my review) which was so freaking adorable.

Heartstopper was even better though! Charlie and Nick stole my heart completely. Be prepared, this review is pretty much just going to be me GUSHING about how much I LOVED IT. I couldn’t really find a fault (other than my NEED for MORE).

Me while reading all of the cute-as-pie moments

Heartstopper follows the story of Charlie, an out and proud popular student, when he meets Nick in their new homeroom. As they’ve been assigned seats, Charlie and Nick soon become friends. What starts as a supportive friendship soon begins to blossom in to something more. The slow-burn nature of this story really does it justice. Oseman has perfectly captured the confusion, longing and excitement that make up teenage sexuality and exploration.

As much as I adored Charlie, I’d have to say Nick was my favourite character. His vulnerability and confusion really pulled on my heart strings. We can all empathise with these feelings from our own youth. What really made me ADORE him was the way he never let his confusion get in the way of doing the right thing. He was so loyal and supportive of Charlie, regardless of how it impact on his own feelings, social status or made things more complicated. He was a down to Earth, wholesome guy that deserved to be happy and find love.

This story struck a chord with me. Not only was it adorable but Oseman created a masterfully artistic, yet respectful story about two individuals falling in love. The story had great pace and seemed realistic. I’m completely smitten and CANNOT WAIT for volume 2. I’ve put in a reservation at the library and am counting down the days… but unfortunately I’m WAAAAAY back in the line. It’s gonna take a while.

In the mean time though… I think I’ll re-read Volume 1 again to get another boost of adorable FEELS. This book certainly has it in spades. I read this in one sitting in around an hour and a half. If you’re considering whether to give it a try nothing should convince you more than that. It’s SHORT in length but SO SO WORTH IT!

// have you read Heartstopper? what were your thoughts on it? //

Jen

18 thoughts on “HeartStopper by Alice Oseman – Book Review

    1. It really is!!! 💙💙 I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL 😭 I can’t wait for Volume 2… I’m like miles down the list. I’m considering just buying it, although I don’t usually buy many books! 😂 I hope you enjoy it when you finally get your hands on it!!

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      1. mmm, Maybe I should check and maybe get in queue ASAP haha.
        Okay just reserved it halfway through this comment haha, I’m third in line, so that’s doable! 🙂

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  1. Omg it’s official, I really need to get my hands on this book. Everyone has loved it and I can’t wait! I wish I had access to a library because graphic novels can be so expensive sometimes 😅 But I have a feeling I’ll love this and want it on my shelf forever, so I think it’ll be worth the buy. Great review, Jen!

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    1. I was holding out for a while too but I’m so glad I decided to give it a try!! This is one I’m planning on buying, even though I agree they’re quite pricey, as I’ll re-read it a lot I think 😁💙 I hope you enjoy it and look forward to reading your review! Thanks!! 💙 Jen

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  2. Such a wonderful review!!! I actually followed the webcomic for a while, but then stopped due to other reasons.. I don’t even know till where I got.. but I agree that’s it’s so cute and adorable 😍😍😍

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    1. Thank you Sahi!! ❤ ❤ Ooh you were ahead of the game then?! I only heard about it from reviews and knew it was something I had to try. Are you planning on reading the full novel? I'm glad you enjoyed the web comic (I should really be keeping my eyes out for these)! ❤ Jen

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    1. YES YES YES!! 💙✨💙✨ That’s literally all I’m saying to people who want to try this. You won’t be disappointed! I really hope you enjoy it and am looking forward to your review 🙏 Jen

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