Saturday, February 29, 2020

Book Review: "Heartstopper Volume 3" by Alice Oseman

Volume 3 of Alice Oseman's amazing Heartstopper series hit me square in the feels, just like the last two books!

Nick and Charlie and their friends return in this, the third volume of Oseman’s amazing graphic novel series about young love, struggling with your identity, and finding the courage to be who you are and be with whom you choose.

Nick has just come out to his mother and he and Charlie take tentative steps toward becoming boyfriends. But both are nervous about how everyone—their friends and other classmates—will react to their being together, especially Charlie, who remembers being bullied horribly when he came out last year.

On a school trip to Paris, Nick and Charlie become more comfortable with their relationship and each other—and being open about it with their friends. And Nick and Charlie aren’t the only ones feeling romantically inspired in the City of Love!!

This series is so wonderfully drawn and is so beautifully heartfelt. Volume 3 touches lightly on mental illness and eating disorders and I imagine Volume 4 will address those issues more. (I hope I don't have to wait a long time for Volume 4. I don't know what I'll do!)

Even in moments of seriousness this book is so full of joy and love and wonder. I’ll trot out my broken record and say I wish books like these existed when I was younger, but I’m so glad LGBTQIA kids have them now.

This series doesn’t stop my heart, it makes it grow 10 sizes larger!! Kudos to Oseman for another beautiful, meaningful book.

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