LGBTQ+, Manga/Graphic Novel/Comic, Young Adult

Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman | Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about?

“Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love.”

What I think about it

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Why did I finish this graphic novel?? Now I have to wait who knows how long for the next volume (JULY 11, 2019!! <3) T_T It came as a recommendation from a friend who I now blame for all these feels I have.

Heartstopper starts off with a library make-out but you can tell that Charlie’s heart isn’t in it and he all but flees from the library to his new form group. And that is where he meets Nick for the first time. At first he is suspicious of his friendliness but soon enough the boys become friends. Nick and Charlie spend more and more time together and soon Charlie realises he is falling hard for Nick. Nick, who seems so very straight…

Ok, that is all that I will reveal about the plot because this graphic novel isn’t long and the more I ramble about it, the more I’ll spoil. I’ll have to use lists with this review again to keep a semblance of structure. 😀

What is there to say about the characters?

I love them so much! Nick is outgoing but shy. He doesn’t hesitate to speak up when someone is in trouble. He is generally just a sweet and adorable character.

Charlie has charm and is liked by almost everyone. That he is gay is no secret ever since it got out in 9th grade. He is amiable, gentle, shy but opens up around Nick. It’s like he is a complete different person. I really like the dynamic between them and the tentative steps each of them takes towards the other with both of them thinking they have no chance with the other. Slow burn at its finest.

Nick and Charlie make their debut in Alice Oseman’s first novel Solitaire where Charlie’s older sister Tori is the main character. She makes a short appearance in Heartstopper and she is already among my fave characters ever! She is hella cool!

Drawing style?

Just how I like it, bit wonky and soft, no sharp edges and still extremely expressive. If I have to see one more panel where Charlie looks like a kicked puppy I will start to cry. Heartstopper is proof that a graphic novel doesn’t have to have colours, extremely detailed style and harsh lines to convey feelings and crush your heart into pieces. I am so looking forward to the next volume!


See me crying in my corner because that cliffhanger at the very end broke my heart. It’s a slow story, just two boys in high school, going day by day, living their lives. It doesn’t need more than that because life is damn hard already what with figuring out who you are and where you want to be and with who you want to be.


Warm, heartfelt and utterly adorable! I love the characters, the drawing style, the story and am so looking forward to the next volume! I’ll definitely check the online updates on tumblr @heartstoppercomics ! If you are looking for something cute à la Love, Simon be sure to give Heartstopper a go. I know I sound like an ad but I don’t get paid or anything to say nice things about this graphic novel. I just love it!

  • Author: Alice Oseman
  • Pages: 288
  • For Ages: 13 and up
  • Publisher: Hachette Childrens
  • Release Date: February 7, 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-444-95138-7

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