Heartstopper by Alice Oseman Mini Reviews | Vol. I – III

While I’ve never been a the biggest fan of graphic novels or comics, I also feel like I haven’t given them the best shot yet either. So I figured what better way than a universally loved series to see if I could find a graphic novel that works for me.

Volume I

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: October 2018

This was a really cute story about 2 nervous beans developing mutual crushes and we love to see it. I liked the color palette and the art style was fine (though I do think Ben and Nick looked a bit too similar to me). I don’t know if I’ll ever truly love a graphic novel series because I love spending so much time with a character, but I think the balance of dialogue and introspection was good and the story was cute.

Volume II

Heartstopper: Volume Two (Heartstopper #2)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: July 11, 2019

Don’t hate me.

I think this installment perfectly highlighted the failings of graphics novels for me. While I liked seeing Nick be able to come to terms with his identity, it felt a little rushed and underdeveloped – and that was basically the entire plot point of Vol II. I miss the internal dialogue and reminations we see in full length novels where there’s space to breathe and exprlore. Graphic novels are bridges from one point to another.. While this was still fine, it felt mostly pointless.

Volume III

Heartstopper: Volume Three (Heartstopper, #3)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: February 6, 2020

Another good installment but this one of all the others I’ve read so far felt both rushed and unfinished. While I appreciate Oseman introducing Charlie’s struggles with an eating disorder, it’s given very little attention. And again while i enjoyed Charlie and Nick’s discussions about coming out and their relationship, I feel like I only got brief glimpses of their struggles as their on the journey. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t only want their story to revolve around sadness and pain, but I jut feel like nothing is given room to breathe and that’s probably a format issue, and why I don’t gravitate to graphic novels.

What’s your favorite Heartstopper volume? Any other graphic novel series to recommend?
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