Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Charlie 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…
I’ve been a fan of Alice Oseman’s writing for a long time. I first read Solitaire when I was sixteen, and I remember Charlie’s story standing out to me because I could relate to a lot of the same mental health issues he had. Radio Silence is one of my favourite books of all time. When I was on Tumblr, I was also an avid follower of her art blog. So I don’t know why I put Heartstopper off so long. I’m so glad I finally read it, because Heartstopper is the cutest thing I’ve read in a long time.