I Read Four Volumes of Heartstopper And It’s Everything I Never Knew I Needed

Hello book nerds! Happy February!

Today I’m doing something different (but also fitting since it’s almost Hearts Day!). Today I’ll be sharing (or rambling about) my experience reading Heartstopper!

For those of you who are not yet familiar with it, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is a serialised, ongoing webcomic. With four physical graphic novels (and a fifth one on the way), it features Charlie (a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker) and Nick (a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player) who meet at a British all-boys grammar school.

Now, I knew this was big. A lot of my friends on bookstagram LOVE this book/series. It’s always been recommended to me. I always see the books featured in photos everyday. And I know the fandom is big. It’s always been on my radar! However, I can’t find physical copies of the books, plus it’s not on the top of my TBR, so I just put on the back burner. But as I was browsing on Webtoon (I’m having lots of fun recently on this app by the way), I discovered the webcomic version of Heartstopper!

And thus, began my journey.

Little expectations

I have to say, I had little expectations for Heartstopper. I knew it was big, yes, but I didn’t understand the hype. Not quite yet. So I went on reading it, knowing little details about the story or the characters. What I thought was a simple feel-good, romance story turned out to be so much more. Heartstopper gave me comfort, and it gave me romance (non-toxic, wholesome romance I should say), it gave me friendship, it gave me family (and not just the one by blood, but family within friends). Best of all, it gave me love.

A wholesome journey

Heartstopper: Volume 1

We start with Volume 1 (Chapters 1-2 in the webcomic). Here we’re introduced to the characters, the setting, the feel of the story.

Let me tell you right now, this was just so cute, and so wholesome. I get so soft reading all about Charlie and Nick! Is it cheesy? Sometimes, a bit, yes. Does it have a thrilling or action-packed plot? Nope, if anything, this was more of a character-driven story, not so much plot. However, despite this, I loved how quietly beautiful the story was. It didn’t need to be dramatic, it didn’t need to have an overly complicated plot. It just needed to be simple, and relatable, and captivating. That was all I needed. As I got to know more about the characters and as I read through the story, I found myself getting attached and enjoying the ride.

Also, I just appreciate that this featured queers falling in love (not toxic at all) and just genuinely a wholesome story!

Heartstopper: Volume 2

Onto Volume 2 (Chapter 3 in the webcomic), now this was even better. This sequel was SO SO GOOD in more ways than one. Here we get bi rep, we read all about Nick’s journey, we see how supportive and understanding Charlie is (and honestly, I hope more people are like Charlie). We also get drama, we get fluff, and of course, the overall wholesomeness… Just everything in this one contributed to a lovely continuation and I appreciated that.

Reading this volume, I also realized just how much I was enjoying the series (way more than I originally thought I would to be honest!). Now I get why the fans adore this and the characters so much.

Heartstopper: Volume 3

Volume 3 (Chapter 4 in the webcomic) might be my personal favorite in this series.

As usual, this was so cute and so wholesome. But I have to say the queer rep in this volume is just perfection! It was just so loud and queer in its own way and I appreciated that. I also loved Nick and Charlie’s journey of coming out (in terms of their relationship), and that both of them are always going through some character development.

In this volume, we also got to see some of the minor characters shine! I love Nick and Charlie, of course, but I also loved getting to know the other characters that gave this story life. I adored Tara, Darcy, Tao, and Elle, and they made this volume even better.

Heartstopper: Volume 4

Volume 4 (Chapter 5 in the webcomic), on the other hand, got me softly crying as I finish it.

This one hits hard and yet it was still beautiful. The way mental health was approached was good, and I loved how it was made clear the need to “save” your partner isn’t always entirely helpful. Sometimes we just need to be there for them, that’s it.

Charlie’s journey to healing was so heartfelt. And for me, it shows that, yes, healing is not a walk in the park, but every step is still progress. I know many of us will be able to relate to and absorb this part of the story.

I loved how the other characters have their own little arcs as well. And yes, Nick’s mom and Charlie’s sister were true MVPs, I love them! This was just gentle and profound in its own way. It might be another favorite for me.

Right now, the webcomic is still ongoing and I am hanging on to every Webtoon notification I get. Charlie and Nick’s story carved its way into my heart, and I loved reading the very first update of the webcomic up until the latest one. I am so so grateful I stumbled upon it that one fateful day.

The fifth physical paperback is on the way, as well as a Netflix live adaptation coming this Spring! I am so so excited to see where the story will go from here and how the Netflix series will bring life to these characters. What I know for sure right now is I’ll definitely be waiting along with the rest of the fandom. 💜

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