Praise for the Heartstopper series:
Kirkus Reviews Best YA Romance of 2020
"Absolutely delightful. Sweet, romantic, kind. Beautifully paced. I loved this book." Rainbow Rowell, author of Carry On
"You'll smile watching Charlie and Nick open up to one another, and sigh as they tiptoe into romance... falling in love doesn't get more charming than this." Ngozi Ukazu, New York Times bestselling author of Check, Please!
* "Nick and Charlie's lighthearted and tender romance is delightful, and the genuine heart present in the characters makes for a wholesome and uplifting ride... Incredibly lovable from start to finish. " Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Realistic yet uplifting, this tale of self-discovery will make readers' hearts skip a beat." School Library Journal
"The romance and realistic fiction will draw readers in to this sweet story." Booklist
"Will win readers with its sweet romance, its queer-friendly storyline, and its light-touch relationship drama....This graphic novel lives up to its heart-stopper title." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A warm, comfortable story of fledgling love." Publishers Weekly
"The storytelling moves effortlessly from tearful poignance to laugh-worthy moments to stirring romance." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Not only does Oseman imbue Charlie and Nick with plenty of charm and vulnerability, she also treats them (and their interior worlds) with a level of understanding and care that elevates the story, blending the genres of teen romance and coming-of-age in a highly moving manner. The resulting product is an understated exploration of love and self, full of quiet joy." The AV Club
"A must-read for fans of slice-of-life high-school manga like Nio Nakatani's Bloom into You." Booklist
The sequel to Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2020) continues Nick and Charlie’s story as they discover new joys and hardships in their budding romance.
Panels framed in diary pages at the beginning quickly recap the previous entry in which the British boys’ relationship blossomed from a platonic friendship to something more, culminating in a kiss. But their relationship status—and how Nick, who previously identified as straight, feels about it—remained up in the air until now. This title documents how their relationship morphs into something more tangible and the issues that come along with that evolution. Nick must confront personal confusion and fear surrounding his sexuality while Charlie navigates being in a somewhat secret relationship with someone who isn’t yet out of the closet. Illustrated in the same distinctive style as the first volume, the gentle blue shading and the dialogue’s handwritten lettering lend a casual, human atmosphere to the story and its characters. Creative transitions from panel to panel and in the gutters of the pages shake up the layout and add artistic flair. Nick and Charlie’s lighthearted and tender romance is delightful, and the genuine heart present in the characters makes for a wholesome and uplifting ride. Nick and Charlie appear White; there is some racial diversity among side characters along with positive representation of a trans character.
Incredibly lovable from start to finish. (Graphic romance. 12-18)