The Heartstopper series is a series of graphic novels following Nick and Charlie and some of their friends and other people in their lives. The series begins with the two boys at secondary school and looks at various issues that young people may be facing, especially surrounding their sexuality and relationships.
Having seen a lot of talk about Heartstopper and Alice Oseman’s work on Instagram, I decided to give the first volume a go and became totally hooked. I had not read a graphic novel in a long time, but just adored this one.
The characters of Nick and Charlie did not take long to become endeared to me and I became wholly invested in their story. They are both well-rounded characters and I’m looking forward to following more of their journey. Both characters had their own issues to contend with during this volume and I could see how they progressed and the space for more character development as the series continues.
The overall feel of Heartstopper is wholesome and cute, but I particularly love the messages within it and the way that issues are handled with such sensitivity and in a way that is important and great to see. This volume dealt with issues such as bullying and consent and both were explored in a way that is constructive, healthy and important.
Overall, I loved this volume and I was so eager to read more that I have subsequently caught up with Heartstopper on Webtoon! I also want to try reading some of Alice Oseman’s novels soon.