Updated: Oct 7, 2022
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more...?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn't been too great, but at least he's not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He's heard a little about Charlie - the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months - but he's never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner..."
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is a graphic novel series that follows Nick and Charlie's growing relationship that is equal parts endearing and heartbreaking.
Endearing because they are absolutely adorable together, and heartbreaking because of the character's struggles with being comfortable with who they are.
I loved the wide variety of LGBTQ+ representation that is concurrent throughout Oseman's novels, and I loved the small side stories following the other characters as it was nice to get to know their stories as well.
I have mad respect for Alice Oseman as I am pretty sure she not only creates the stories, but also draws them herself as well. I really need to pick up her other novels and I highly suggest this series as well. It is a must read if you want good representation and a good romance. It is also free to read online on Webtoon, so you really have nothing to lose by reading it.