Alice Oseman takes Charlie and Nick’s story to the next level–both in terms of their relationship and personal journeys. I loved Volume 1 and dived into Heartstopper Volume 2 with a lot of enthusiasm, and the book lived up to my expectations.
Heartstopper Volume 2 picks up from the point where Volume 1 ended as a cliffhanger.
There is a lot of cuteness in this novel–the dialogues, graphics, and Nick’s dog Nellie is so adorable! But it is much more than a cute romance. Love, family, and friendship occupy the core, while there is a discussion of several important themes.
It was heart-warming to see Charlie surrounded by a supportive family and friends. I especially loved his sister Tori, and her appearances are magical and funny in a way! Charlie’s friends Tao, Aled, and Elle love him to bits. Nick’s introspection about his sexual identity and his coming out is beautifully explored.
Oseman explores Charlie and Nick’s vulnerabilities with a deep understanding and portrays them in a moving manner. She has created many lovable and understanding characters in this volume. The world would be a better place if we could have more of them in real life.
The author also touches upon the fact there are other sexualities than gay and straight. There is also more inclusion and a varied representation of people in this volume. The characters are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and trans.
The subtle maturity in the character’s arcs and their handling of various conflicts coming their way is heart-warming and positive.
As in the previous volume, the illustrations complement the story perfectly.
I can’t wait to read Volume 3 and 4!
Filled with tender moments, Heartstopper: Volume 2 is a novel to cherish forever.
Trigger warnings—bullying, homophobia.
Wordsopedia Rating 5/5
|Title: Heartstopper: Volume 2||Author: Alice Oseman|
|Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books||Publication date: July 11th, 2019|
|Genre: Fiction—Graphic Novel||Format: Paperback|
|ISBN: 9781444951400||No. of Pages: 320|
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About the author
Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, 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 the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children’s Group, and she is the writer, creator, and executive producer for the television adaptation of Heartstopper, which released on Netflix.
Alice’s first novel, Solitaire, was published when she was nineteen. H
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