Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.
Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.
As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.
Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.
CWs & TWs: eating disorder, homophobia, emotional dependency
Diversity: Gay MC, Bi MC, queer and BIPOC cast
This review can include spoilers of volumes 1 – 2 – 3
I think this volume is my favourite so far. It is cute and full of very important messages. I was a bit scared, reading the third volume, that this one would be harder to read, regarding eating disorders and homophobia in family circles. But it wasn’t, at all. The representation went beyond everything I could have wished for this volumes and the problematic mentioned.
Charlie’s eating disorder is mainly depicted from his boyfriend’s point of view, which is very interesting. In this way, this volume shows more how to support someone going through this, more than what it looks like. And I think it is really amazing, because we don’t have the whole fantasy and romantism around it as we can find in other books. It is depicted as it it: an illness from which it takes time and efforts and up and downs to recover from.
I also deeply loved the whole emotional dependency theme, the way it is brought and the solutions the authors kind of gives to it. She reminds us the importance of friendships in a couple, of family and alone time, and that’s something we don’t talk enough of from my point of view. Here, it is perfectly depicted and I loved it. This volume is as cute as the ones before but goes even deeper in meanings. This is, by far, my favourite graphic novel series.
Alice Oseman is an author/illustrator and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS. She is also the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children’s Books.
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