Tuesday 11 August 2020

Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman

This book was gifted to me by Harper Collins Children's Books for an honest review. 

This book follows the story of Nick and Charlie set two years after the Heartstopper graphic novels 1 to 3. If you haven't read them, I urge you too as they are brilliant, but you honestly don't need to before reading this book. 

There are a couple of things I didn't know about this book. 
  1. It was originally released as an e-book in 2015.
  2. It was written as a companion novella for the book Solitaire, which is about Tori, Charlie's sister. 
After reading this and the first novel of the Heartstopper books, ( I would have read the other two, but the waiting list at the school library is HUGE!) I now want to read Solitaire. 

Nick and Charlie are the cutest couple, they are the perfect soulmates and they have the type of relationship everyone dreams off, but they are about to hit a difficult period. Nick, being a year older than Charlie is about to go off to university and Charlie is having issues with it. Being old and wise, I've seen this situation so many times and it is definitely a test for any couple. Can Nick and Charlie hold on to their strong relationship? You will have to read it to find out. 

This book is important, because apart from the books by Simon James Green, I don't really come across a lot of true love relationship books for boys. Charlie is a sweet and tender boy, who has struggled with his mental health, causing eating issues. Nick, is outgoing and heavily into his sports. You wouldn't necessarily put them together, but they work beautifully. You want their relationship to work. This book is an LGBTQ+ book, but that isn't the emphasis of it. This book is about real love and working through the obstacles that face every couple. 

I only received this book yesterday and I read it in a couple of hours. I couldn't put it down as I needed to know what would happen. Nick and Charlie are like the high school golden couple and if they can't make it work, then no one can. 

If you love a good Young Adult romance, this is the one for you. I know as soon as I put this book on the school library system, it will be months before it ends up back on the shelves. All the students will want to read it. 

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