Earlier this year I read Heartstopper for the first time. I had owned vol 1 for a while but kept putting off reading it. After reading that one I had to borrow the rest from the library. After reading all of them it took me several months to then watch the Netflix Adaptation of it. After watching it I became totally obsessed with it. I’m currently up to 39 watches of it and I of course had to buy all of the books even though I already owned the first one it was in storage, and I was wanting to reread them, so my husband bought me the box set for Christmas as well as the rest of Alice Osemans books because of course now I want to read everything she has written. I can’t even begin to explain how much Heartstopper has taken over my life the past couple of months. Anyways when I first read these books, I gave them all 4 stars and after watching it I knew upon reread I would be changing my rating and after rereading them in October I thought I would share my updated thoughts on them. I’m going to share the synopsis for the first book only that way nothing gets spoiled for those who haven’t read it yet.
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…?
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. 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.
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…
So, as I mentioned when I first read these, I enjoyed them, but I didn’t love them like everybody else seemed to. I thought they were all cute and sweet, but I let the hype get to me a little bit.
Then came the adaptation. If you haven’t read my thoughts on the Netflix adaptation you can do so by clicking here but in summary watching it is what fully immersed me in the story. It brought it to life for me. The adaptation pretty much followed the graphic novels word for word with a few minor differences.
When I reread it the second time, I loved it so much more than I did the first time. It’s so hard to explain how much of difference there was for me between reads. Everything was just amplified in a sense. Ugh I feel like I am not doing this series justice because I am horrible at putting my thoughts into words especially when I loved something as much as I did this series.
I’ve never had a comfort read book/series, but this has definitely become that for me even though it deals with heavy topics it does it in a way that is hopeful, and I just love it. I can’t wait for the 5th vol to come out but at the same time I am sad because I don’t want Nick and Charlies story to ever end.