šŸ’« Mini Series Review šŸ’«

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The first volume of Heartstopper grabs you with two gentle hands and gives you a warm hug! Charlie is a quiet and introverted, openly gay teenager at an all boys high school. He knows who he is and his friends and family are true and supportive. He sees the best in people and trusts them to be as kind as himself, however his current ‘boyfriend’ Ben, is not that. Ben chooses to sneak around with Charlie and manipulate Charlie into not speaking openly about their relationship. This is because Ben isn’t ready to explore his sexuality openly. Charlie is struggling with the back and forward of Ben’s feelings and desires – when he meets Nick Nelson.

Nick is the high school rugby lad who is loved by everyone and is 100% straight … until he gets to know Charlie. The strong feelings of friendship grow into more than ‘just best friend’ level, and seemingly overtake Nick’s thoughts. Nick has never questioned his sexuality before, therefore this first book really has a focus on Nick exploring what romantically liking Charlie could be like in his world.

Volume 1 is introductory to Nick and Charlie, their friend groups, their schooling environments and the blooming first love. šŸ’« Butterfly feelings šŸ’« Exploration of self šŸ’« First kiss moment

Volume 2 explores the newness of Nick and Charlies feelings and relationship. šŸ’« Joining new friendship groups šŸ’« Bullying šŸ’« More butterfly feelings šŸ’« Cute cinema scene šŸ’« “Boyfriends” šŸ’« Coming out

Volume 3 looks at Nick and Charlie opening their relationship into the school environment and on their school excursion to Paris. šŸ’« Nick telling his extended family about Charlie šŸ’« Mental health and anorexia šŸ’« Second base romance šŸ’« More, more butterfly feelings šŸ’« Coming out to school friends šŸ’« Nick can speak fluent French?! (I’m excited to see this on the Netflix series) šŸ’« Tao and Elle accept their feelings for one another

Volume 4 gets deep people! So trigger warning for the content surrounding self-harm, mental health and anorexia. I really think Alice has brought light to these subjects to show the boys maturing and how their emotional intelligence grows as they move into a different stage of their life. Honestly, I didn’t see the series moving this way so I’m interested to see where she takes it in Volume 5. šŸ’« “I love you” šŸ’« Mental health unit admission šŸ’« Nick’s challenging relationship with his older brother comes to breaking point šŸ’« PDA at school šŸ’« More, More & more butterfly feelings šŸ’« Nick and Charlie’s first party attending as a couple šŸ’« Awkward family dinner šŸ’« A New Year’s kiss

Have you read the graphic novels of Heartstopper yet? Or tried the Netflix series? Let’s chat in the comments šŸ’¬

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