Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman | Book Review

I’m 2 weeks deep into working from home and the lack of commute lined up with getting out of bed at my normal time of 6.30am is doing absolute wonders for my reading patterns. I’m constantly on the lookout for new books and series’ to read, naturally, and it’s been great finally getting stuck into books I’ve been holding off on for ages.

Heartstopper Volume One

Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman Book Review

One that’s been on my radar for a while is Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Split into 3 volumes (so far), I’ve heard nothing but good things about the series so thought I’d give it a go. I intended on buying the physical copies but when I went to purchase yesterday, noticed that the Kindle book  of Heartstopper Volume One was on sale for 99p – at that price, it was an absolute no brainer and I knew I could go back and buy the actual book later on if I wanted to. Believe me when I say; I want to. Here’s my Heartstopper Volume One Review:

Heartstopper Volume One focuses on Charlie, a 14 year old boy who has recently ‘come out’ as being gay. I say ‘come out’ because that choice was taken out of his own control – after confiding in a friend, gossip ensued and before long, his entire boys’ school knew all about his sexual preferences. In spite of that, he appears to have taken it in his stride and is flourishing in an environment where he feels like the outsider. As he enters year 10 he finds himself in the same form class as Nick, a popular rugby player with EVERYTHING going for him. He is kind, smart and incredibly good looking – and it’s easy to see why Charlie develops a crush on him. The story explores their friendship and how it develops; Charlie is asked to join the rugby team, they begin spending time outside of school and Charlie starts to ask ‘what if?’ with regards to Nick’s feelings towards him.

Graphic novels? Why not! 

I’ve never really been a big fan of graphic novels – I’ve read Maus and a couple of others over the years, but it’s never really been something I’ve been drawn towards. I loved the simplicity of this one – it was very easy to follow, even on the kindle and the illustrations were beautifully detailed and descriptive. The characters were easily identifiable and having a clear image of them in my head allowed me to focus entirely on the story. While the story wasn’t particularly ‘out there’ in terms of plot and development, it was very lovely and was a great choice of book for this period of uncertainty. My only criticism was the way the volume ended – on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I imagine that’s exactly the point – and the length of the volume; it was a little short for my liking. It’s fair to say that I’ll be buying Volume Two in the next few days!

Have you read Heartstopper volume one? What did you think? Let me know!