Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel (1) - book cover
Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher : Graphix; Illustrated edition
  • Published : 05 May 2020
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN-10 : 1338617435
  • ISBN-13 : 9781338617436
  • Language : English

Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel (1)

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet and charming coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. This edition features beautiful two-color artwork.

Soon to be streaming on Netflix!

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance.

But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Heartstopper series:

USA Today Bestseller

National Indie Bestseller

American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick

YALSA Great Graphic Novels Selection

YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers

"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!

★ "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

"With all the blushing and awkward glances, it's difficult not to be charmed… 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

"I was blown away. It's very tender, real, and wholesome. I read each book in one sitting." -- The Nerd Daily

Praise for the Heartstopper series:

New York Public Library Best Book of 2020

Chicago Public Library Best Book 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 a...

Readers Top Reviews

Nenia CampbellCBL
In my Goodreads reviews, I'm trying to give credit to the people who encouraged me or inspired me to read a particular book, but in the case of Heartstopper, it was recommended to me by so many people that I actually lost track of who was first. Heartstopper is the adorable story of two boys named Nick and Charlie. Charlie is a shy but popular boy who has just come out to his school as gay, and Nick is an equally popular rugby player. The two of them become friends and then, maybe, something more, and that's really all this graphic-novel is, but their interactions are so wholesome and sweet that it becomes super life-affirming and uplifting. I normally read darker romances but I thought Heartstopper was really well done. It captures the highs and lows of high school so well, as well as the uncertainties of first love and figuring out what you want in a relationship, learning to stand up for yourself, and falling for friends. It actually reminded me a lot of some of the older shoujo manga I used to love that had the whole "opposites attract" thing going, specifically Mars, which had a quiet artist falling for a race car driver. Anyone who enjoys really wholesome romances that deal with real issues will love this. I went in with pretty low expectations and basically ended up loving it. 4 out of 5 stars
AxNenia CampbellC
Just binged this, thought I could start it before bed and finish tomorrow, nope couldn't put it down and now I am so sorry I didn't order all 3 books at once. Charlie is a 14 year old who has been bullied the year before at school after someone he trusted good everyone at school that he was gay. This year he is paired up in class with a rugby player named Nick and Charlie is instantly attracted but knows Nick is straight. Nick and Charlie cognitive though and become fast friends. Charlie and Nick's budding friendship is now budding into a relationship that's a bit more and I need to know the rest of the story. They are so sweet and lighthearted. This book is just so easy to read and fall in love with the main characters. Their kiss at the end and getting interrupted by Harry's friend was such a cliffhanger. I cried with poor Charlie. Can't wait to get the other 2 books in.
CharlieAxNenia Ca
When Nick and Charlie were featured in Alice’s debut novel Solitaire, she had no idea how much she would end up loving them and the desire was born to tell their romance origin story. She chose to do so through a graphic novel and I think this was genius really because a picture truly does say so much. This burgeoning love story, boy meets boy was so beautifully sweet. Set at a private school in the UK, it surprised me how much of their experiences at school reminded me of former model C and private schooling in South Africa which on one hand shows how well colonised we are and on the other hand I resonated more with the story because of it. It was sweet, it was fun and an easy read. I’m definitely reading the next 2 volumes.
J. R. HartCharlie
Everything about this is fantastic. I binged it in a single session and immediately ordered the next installment. The characters are likable, and the general themes are adorable. I did have a moment where I wish I had been warned about a sexual assault situation that appears in the story (very briefly) but that moment did enhance the story overall, so I understood the inclusion of it. One thing I didn't realize (and perhaps it's because my knowledge of the ages teens are in specific grade levels in the UK, but also because the characters certainly looked older than their listed ages) was how young the characters were: 14 and 16. I had seriously anticipated them being 16 and 17 years old, so seeing those listed ages in the back of the story was jarring, to say the least. Ultimately, I love the story and I cannot wait to read the rest of the graphic novels revolving around these two, as well as the novels and novellas where they make an appearance. This was the lighthearted content that I needed to see this weekend!
abbyLisaJ. R. Har
This story is okay, but I wasn’t bowled over by cuteness like I’d expected. I hated the way the book ended on a cliffhanger with a note: “buy my next book to see what happens next!” Um, no thanks. I like books series, but I demand each book have their own ending. This book is too expensive to only offer part of a story.

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