Heartstopper Store – Everything You Need to Know About Alice Oseman’s Graphic Novel

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A wholesome romantic graphic novel,¬†Heartstopper Store is all about two boys who fall in love. Alice Oseman (who uses she/her and they/them pronouns) tells the story of Charlie Spring, a shy but confident 10th-grader who has a crush on classmate Nick Nelson, a gregarious rugby player who seems to get along with everyone. They meet when they’re seated next to each other in school and quickly become friends, but as their relationship progresses, it becomes clear that something more is happening.

While the romance in Heartstopper is sweet and charming, it’s also nuanced and realistic. The characters are complex and deal with a range of emotions, including loneliness, guilt, and uncertainty about their sexuality. The slow-burn nature of the narrative means that these feelings are never exaggerated or too much for their situation, making the characters more relatable.

The story also deals with the subject of sexual assault in a sensitive and honest manner. While this is not a central plot point, the impact of the trauma has a lasting effect on Charlie and is a theme that continues to resurface throughout the series. It’s a shame that it’s not explored further, as this would have added depth and resonance to the book.

What’s more, the lack of drugs or booze in this story makes it feel more true to life and less twee. There are a few female characters, but they’re mostly supporting or background, such as Charlie’s sister or the female rugby coach who shuts down homophobic conversations among her team members. This is a boy-meets-boy romance at an all-boys school, after all.

The pacing is slow, but that’s what gives the book its charm. There aren’t any cliche scenes or overly romantic dialogue, which is refreshing for a light-hearted graphic novel about teenage love. There’s a little bit of tension, but most of it is from the boys’ fear of being rejected or their lingering pain from being bullied in the past.

This is a book that could be used to start important discussions with teenagers, many of whom are struggling with their own identity issues. While the book does not promote homosexual dating or marriage, it is a good starting point to discuss sexuality, gender identity, and Biblical morality. It’s also an excellent choice for Christian parents who want to give their children a more diverse array of narratives to explore and learn from.