Title: Heartstopper Vol. 01
Author: Alice Oseman
Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance.
But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.
Heartstopper has been raved about by the masses since its release. It’s been on my to be read list just as long. Now that I’ve finally succumbed to the hype, I don’t know how to not gush about volume one of Heartstopper. Alice Oseman has managed to do what few have managed. She has produced a comic that displays a teenager’s life without the excessive exploitation of underage sex or drug usage.
Charlie is a lost boy. In every sense of the word. He’s the only openly gay at his all-boys school. Nick is a kind kid who quickly befriends Charlie. Soon the two are inseparable and, while Charlie knows Nick isn’t gay, he can’t help but feel something.
Nick doesn’t know what he feels. One minute he’s sure he’s into girls and, the next, he’s getting butterflies around his friend. One thing he does know is his friendship with Charlie is invaluable. Towards the end of the volume, a lot of things take place. A situation leaves both Charlie and Nick at what seems to be an impasse.
Alice Oseman has been able to rip my heart out in a matter of pages. I felt for both characters. I want nothing more but for them to resolve their feelings, whether they become a couple or not.
Authors Note – I know that I could read this on Webtoons but I want to support the author so I’m waiting for volume two to come.