Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Notes on This Title
In addition to the content warnings tagged, creator Alice Oseman warns in the comic’s FAQ that Heartstopper will eventually deal with anorexia, depression, and attempted suicide.
Volumes 3 and 4 will reportedly be released in print by Hachette Children’s Group in 2020 and 2021. (Source: The Bookseller)
2023 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17) - Nominee
“Oseman’s work is best defined by its kindness both to the characters and the reader. That isn’t to say there are no problems; the main characters are two teenage boys who fall in love and struggle with bullying and mental health issues. Oseman treats each individual character’s identity with respect, and the difficulties that they each face are not sugar-coated or dismissed as being particular to their age. Heartstopper may be a YA comic, but it’s filled with moments that will resonate with adults, too, especially the kind of sweet affection that’s often missing from comics aimed at adults. Fans of Giant Daysand Rainbow Rowell should check out Heartstopper.” (Source: A.V. Club)
Readable Life: “Author Interview: Alice Oseman”
The Reading Realm: “Heartstopper: An interview with Alice Oseman”