Heartstopper

Heartstopper

Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2020
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"Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781338617436
9781338617443
Branch Call Number: OSEMAN
Characteristics: 263 pages : chiefly illustrations (part color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Heart stopper. Volume 1

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My first look at the book, I thought it was very interesting. It looked different to other books. It was eye catching and told a story that I was excited to read. It was written by Alice Oseman who has written many popular books. I believe that Alice Oseman is very qualified to write a comic book... Read More »

The storyline of the book seemed fascinating to me. The discrimination people face being non-heterosexual is horrible and I wanted to read about it in this book. I believe the author is qualified to write this novel as she seems quite experienced. The way the book was written shows that the autho... Read More »

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow cl... Read More »


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Heartstopper is a delightfully sweet, and charming story about two teens falling in love. It's simple and innocent narrative told through beautiful illustrations added a quaint kind of charm to the story.

I flew through this graphic novel and I loved every minute of it! I can not wait to read the rest of the series!

The story here is so simple, but it feels so authentic. Alice Oseman is a queen of the relatable, and I love the dialogue and the way she used smiley faces and little teeny character faces to show emotions/who was speaking/etc. It made it all even more adorable.

PimaLib_JessicaP Apr 07, 2021

Sometimes you pick up a book and just know it's going to hurt you in the best way. This first volume in an ongoing story of two boys figuring how to be themselves is sweet, funny, and so incredibly *readable*. Pages will flip as you go on the journey of Nick and Charlie's friendship, and watch through your fingers as they stumble into maybe something else. It's amazing how a writer can do so much without having prose to support the feelings and possibility conveyed in each image. Alice Oseman is skillfully superb at that. Be forewarned: If you're getting ready to read the first one, have the second on deck. You won't want to stop there, at all.

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Brina_1704
Mar 27, 2021

So Heartwarming and romantic. I love the LGBTQ+ inclusion so much. It was one of the best graphic novels I read so far in the year. Hope you all give it a read !!

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rebecacelest
Nov 09, 2020

I don't read a ton of contemporary, but Heartstopper piqued my curiosity when it was floating around Instagram earlier this year.

Alice Oseman is super good at establishing character in a short amount of space. I enjoyed seeing both Nick and Charlie grow over the span of the first volume, but I was also charmed by the appearances of Tao and (later) Tara.

I loved how Oseman developed Nick's and Charlie's relationship. It was executed nicely and the progression felt organic. And honestly? Really really adorable. I live for how dorky both of them are.

TL;DR - This is a good pick-me-up/feel-good read. I got so much serotonin from this book. Requesting that EPL order Vol. 2 & 3 right away.

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acbpanda
Nov 01, 2020

If you're looking for a story with meaningful LGBTQ+ rep, an appropriate and responsible handling of various serious issues (among the most serious tackled as yet are homophobia and mental health issues), and a very cute romance with a lot of positive relationship habits and attitudes: this is the story for you.

I eagerly anticipate every new part of this story.

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azuki
Oct 21, 2020

Light on character development, heavy on blossoming adolescent queerness and cute/gay romantic tension buildup. If you want a feel-good graphic novel that doesn't demand too much of you emotionally, this is a good pick. It's not a saccharine, happy-go-lucky kind of story, but I'd only rate the drama/intensity around a 4 out of 10. Looking forward to #2!

This was so cute it actually, physically hurt me.

When Charlie meets Nick, he never expects anything to happen between them. Nick is a rugby bro, sweet but straight - or so Charlie thinks. Their friendship grows, and grows, and grows, but there might be something more there, too.

I read an ebook version of this graphic novel because the waiting list for the physical copy at the library is just so darn long, and I didn't think the format detracted from my reading experience at all. I worried because it's a graphic novel that I might lose some of the *feeling* of the thing, but didn't find that to be the case.

The story here is so simple, with the boys meeting, their relationship developing, but it feels so authentic. Alice Oseman is a queen of the relatable, and I love the dialogue and the way she used smiley faces and little teeny character faces to show emotions/who was speaking/etc. It made it all even more adorable.

And as always, the rep here is so great. The blossoming of these boys' friendship and more is just so lovely and heartwarming to experience alongside them.

I really enjoyed this. I hold off from 5 stars because I have read other graphic novels that have felt more like me, if that makes sense, but this is one that I could absolutely see being so treasured by so many. I'll definitely be back for the next volumes when my library gets them in.

IndyPL_ShannonO Sep 14, 2020

This is a really cute boy-meets-boy graphic novel. It's very sweet and is easy on the drama, making it a pretty good read for those who like lighter romance stories. It's also a great addition to any LGBTQ+ library display. This is only volume one in a longer series, but I'm sure it'll leave you wanting to read more.

LoganLib_Aavishka Jul 13, 2020

A beautiful coming of age graphic novel about love, life and loss.

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