Title: Heartstopper Vol 1
Author: Alice Oseman
First off, I must thank my wonderful friend Amy for sending me this book for Christmas, because I honestly did not know how much I needed it in my life. I’ve never been a huge comic fan, but this warmed my entire soul and I could not put it down. Needless to say, I finished it all in one sitting and then immediately ordered volume 2.
This comic follows Charlie, a gay boy in year 10 at a British all-boys school. While last year was tough for him, the bullies have mostly laid off and he’s been meeting a boy in secret all around the school.
Enter Nick, a year 11 rugby player. When the new year rolls around, he and Charlie are paired up for a class. Obviously, since they are both adorable and wonderful and sweet, they become fast friends. Unfortunately for Charlie, he also starts to develop a massive crush on Nick – who is apparently straight. Just goes to show you never know what can happen…
Ok, first of all, let me just touch on these two previous cinnamon roll characters. Is it possible to be crushing on both of them at the same time? Yes? Ok good. I’ve never wanted to put characters in my pocket more – I can’t help it, I just want to protect them forever and ever. I was rooting for these two SO HARD from the very first page.
I also want to applaud Alice Oseman. She is using a comic to tackle some difficult topics in an adorable way. Watching Nick begin to question his sexuality, and seeing the roller coaster of emotions he goes through, is so eye-opening and relevant and real and raw.
In addition to all of these wonderful things, the art is also stunning, and the side characters are fantastic. There was so much diversity and representation of all kinds. This comic made you feel all kinds of emotions: I blushed, laughed, hurt, struggled, loved, right along with Charlie and Nick. This was an easy 5 star read – in fact, my very first of 2020. I cannot wait to read the next installment!