Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Personal Rating: 10/10 Acorns
Heartstopper is a series that is so impressive that it needs an entire post to appreciate. Heartstopper is an LGBTQ+ comic series that follows Charlie Spring (an openly gay and previously bullied 15 year-old) and Nick Nelson (a 16 year-old, extremely sweet rugby jock). It’s an unlikely yet absolutely adorable romance. I’m typically not a fan of teenage romance stories, yet this one I had to binge read in an entire sitting. The interactions between the two main characters are just so cute. It targets many topics such as mental health, eating disorders and the social experiences of varying gender identities.
This comic is free to read at the tapas website. It’s incomplete, there’s expected to be 7-8 chapters and Oseman currently is working on the 5th. It updates approximately every 10 days and Oseman runs fan-based Q&A’s through that same website. It’s interactive and fun!
The author also sells cute, affordable merchandise for this series on her personal website. Of course, I had to scoop up my very own Charlie Spring pin. Here, you can also find her other written novels.
Following this series, Oseman introduced a short novella:
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman
Personal Rating: 6/10 Acorns
“It’s like, if you had to provide evidence for soul mates, everyone would pick you two.”
Nick and Charlie is a cute novella variation of the Heartstopper series. It follows Nick and Charlie (surprisingly!). Nick is off to university (as he is one year older) and Charlie is nervous being left alone.
It’s approximately 80 pages long with an excerpt of Oseman’s novel Solitaire. It’s 3.99 CAD on Apple Books and is a quick, cute read!
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did! As always, wishing all the best to come. Xoxox.