3 reasons to read Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper (just.do.it)

Hi friends! Today I’m going to be reviewing something a bit different…. Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper, an adorable webcomic you WANT to be reading, just trust me.

πŸ“š The book

Alice Oseman, Heartstopper : Volume One, Self-Published, October, 2018.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Please note that this is a review for the physical copy of Heartstopper, volume one only, that contains the first two chapters of the story.


It’s not a secret : I’ve been loving everything Alice Oseman does and all of her books are on my favorites’ shelf, from her really, really good debut, Solitaire, to her sophomore novel Radio Silence that just spoke to my heart, to her latest book, I Was Born For This, which I ADORE with all of my heart.

A little while ago, Alice Oseman launched a kickstarter campaign to self-publish her Heartstopper webcomic as a graphic novel, a story with two secondary characters of her first novel, Solitaire, as the leads. I couldn’t support the project at the time, so when the author sold more copies of it earlier this month, I jumped on the opportunity. I REGRET NOTHING.

  • Heartstopper may be the softest, sweetest graphic novel you’ll ever read

Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie, openly gay, anxious and adorable little bean and Nick, soft, adorable enthusiastic rugby player as they meet each other and slowly fall in love. The start of their relationship is one of the best romantic starts, ever. From strangers to friends to slowly crushes and feelings growing, it’s the perfect friends-to-lovers trope, that evolution from friends to something more and it made my heart melt.

  • Heartstopper also deals with less fluffy topics, such as figuring out your sexuality, questioning and bullying.

At the beginning of the graphic novel, Nick is said to be straight and, as the story goes on and he spends more time with Charlie, he begins to question his sexuality, trying to understand his bisexuality and so on, something that was slow and well-done in the first chapters of the comic along the growth of their relationship.

The graphic novel also tackles on bullying, as Charlie had to deal with a lot of bullying before the story starts – you can see its consequences in other people’s looks and remarks every now and then, not always that great and heartbreaking for little Charlie, at times. Yet, that sweet adorable little bean is strong and needs hugs okay.

  • Heartstopper is beautifully drawn and written

The graphic novel volume one has over 200 pages, yet, just like any graphic novel, it reads itself fairly quickly. Alice’s drawing is so good, her characters coming alive on the page, conveying all of the right emotions and dynamics and I loved it.

Also there is Nellie the most adorable dog of all times.

Heartstopper is the perfect comfort read, one that will make you smile and make you care for these characters so, very very much. It’s soft and adorable and heartwarming and I’ll always be recommending it.

Final rating: It’s a HURRICANE!

Trigger warnings: homophobia, sexual assault and bullying.

πŸ“– You can read Heartstopper for FREE on the Heartstopper tumblr page.
πŸ“– All of Heartstopper‘s updates can be found directly on Alice Oseman’s twitter account.

Do you want to read Heartstopper? Why, or why not?

Do you read webcomics or graphic novels? Any recommendations? Let me know in comments!



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78 thoughts on “3 reasons to read Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper (just.do.it)

  1. I literally just read this online the other day and I loved it SO MUCH!!!! Nick and Charlie are adorable, and Nellie is the most adorable dog. I think I am going to have to order the physical copy from Alice’s website, as I can’t wait for the official publication next year. ❀


  2. Aahhh I love this review, Marie!! I absolutely ADORE Heartstopper; it’s such a sweet, fluffy, and heartwarming graphic novel. 😍 I completely agree with all your points; it makes my heart so happy! I really need to catch up on it someday, ahh. (And I love Nellie too!! She’s the cutest.)


  3. Ahh this post just warms my heart Marie, and you shared such good reasons to read it! Heartstopper is the best and it makes me so happy that you’re spreading all this love for itπŸ’ž


  4. I thought about contributing to the Kickstarter campaign that was going around and being shared on Twitter, but then money became tight and I just sort of forgot. But I am glad you love it so much. I might catch up on it on Tumblr πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. I also wanted to pitch in when the Kickstarter campaign was going on, but couldn’t at the time. I’m so happy that Alice put her extra copies for sale. It’s such a beautiful webcomic, makes me smile always πŸ˜€ ❀

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  5. Well I have Alice Oseman’s other books (her full length novels) on my TBR list so I may as well add Heartstopper as well! πŸ˜€ This sounds amazing, and the fact that you rated it so highly means I need to get around to this soon too. I haven’t read many graphic novels but this sounds like my ideal story, a fluffy contemporary but which highlights important topics at the same time.
    Great review Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. omg this sounds so cute and amazing and i can’t believe i hadn’t heard of it before??? i LOVE comics and graphic novels so much. they really help when i’m struggling to read anything else. i’ve recently gotten into web comics so this is like such good timing (even though i struggle with the one page updates bc i’m impatient lmao). i’m definitely checking this out right now.

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    1. Ahhhhhh this makes me so, so happy ❀ I hope you had some time to check it out and that you’re enjoying it so far, it is such an adorable webcomic, I love it so much ❀
      Thank you Lauren!!


  7. I’ve read a bit of heartstopper and it’s ADORABLE. Hopefully I can find the physical copy sooner or later and read it properly, maybe once Hachette publishes it. I love how enthisiastic you were in this review!

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    1. It really is adorable! ❀ Alice Oseman still sells some of her available copies on her website (aliceoseman.com) if you can’t wait, though the international shipping fees can get a bit expensive :/
      thank you so, so much Shanti!! ❀


    1. Agree! The international shipping wasn’t cheap at all, but I just had to do this exception for this one. It’s such a wonderful webcomic and ahhh I love these characters so much πŸ’–
      I hope you’ll get to read more of Alice’s books soon – I loved her latest, I Was Born For This, SO much! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment πŸ’–

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    1. I am hoping we do! The story is way ahead of this book in its digital version (on tumblr/tapas), but I’m hoping we’ll get to read it too in a physical copy. I love Alice’s art so much and this story is ADORABLE ❀️
      Thank you so much Lauren!


  8. Ah I loved reading this blogpost! I love Alice Oseman’s books and I am so excited to read this one as well. I love her illustrations and her characters. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy and read this one soon ❀

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  9. I have rarely seen you reading graphic novels and this made me really happy to see that you read one πŸ˜€ Heartstopper definitely sounds like a cute read and the fact that it is free to read, I can give it a try. Thank you for introducing this to me πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeees, I rarely read graphic novels, but I had to get that one. I love everything Alice Oseman does and I adore Nick and Charlie SO MUCH they’re adorable. ❀ I hope you'll give it a try and will love it! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh you can without having read Solitaire! It’s a completely different story. The only thing linking it to Solitaire, really, is the fact that the main character’s sister, Tori, is the main character in Solitaire. So seeing her in the comic is fun and good, but really her story isn’t part of this story at all πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! I hope you’ll read it soon, it’s so adorable, I have a feeling you’d love it ❀️

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  10. I’ve been hearing about how wonderful Alice Oseman’s books are lately and I know I really need to try one for myself at some point soon. I’m really looking forward to it myself as well. I love the friends to lovers trope, and it overall just sounds so sweet and cute while also delving into some important topics. Great review x

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    1. I really hope you’ll give some of her novels, or Heartstopper a try -or all of them! haha. I love all of her work so much, she is so talented and knows how to craft amazing characters, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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