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my thoughts on heartstopper: books + show review

hi everyone!!💞 i’m back. i really wanted to do a review of heartstopper, the graphic novels + the series that was just released on netflix! soo, it’s summer break for me, currently. i got vaccinated today and my arm hurts- 🤧

well, i’m glad that i get 2 months of holidays, but i have a ton of homework.. and it’s so boring at home.. but, this does mean that i get to blog a lot more, and do some reading. like, a lot. thanks to heartstopper for getting me out of a reading slump. i went from not reading a single book all month to reading 4 books in ONE DAY.👀 yeah no, i don’t get how either-

wasn’t i just complaining about how my intros were so short earlier? well, that’s changed. this one time, at least. anyway, let’s get into the review~

that took way too long to make.

synopsis (volume 1)

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

age rating: 12+

my review

once i saw the netflix trailer for this series on youtube, i knew i had to get to the books first before watching the show. so, i went to z library, downloaded the first book and started reading. i was intrigued from the very beginning, and just like that, i had read every volume of the series, one by one. oh, and did i mention that i read all four of these in the same day? this is my comfort book. 🤧💞

that’s how good this series was. so wholesome, and just so cute-. all the characters were amazing & nick and charlie’s relationship was so sweet..🏳️‍🌈 reading this made me want to read other books by alice oseman, and i am currently reading solitaire (her debut novel) i cannot wait for the 5th installment of this series to release :((

each volume ends in some sort of a cliffhanger, which makes you want to read the next book immediately. in the first part, we’re introduced to nick and charlie and how they slowly start becoming friends.🍂the third volume is my personal favorite! especially the part where they all go for the trip in paris and the formation of the ‘paris squad’

i love how diverse this book is.💙we have diverse LGBTQ+ characters, and people of color. i would recommend this book to people who aren’t a big fan of books because i feel like it would get them into reading. :)) it’s a quick & easy read. also, can we just talk about the art?? it’s so simplistic and adorable- 5/5 stars.

i rate this show 5/5 stars as well. let me explain why:

what i thought

  • the casting is perfection: all the actors resemble the characters from the books so well! and they all actually act like teenagers. and the actors look kind of exactly like how i imagined them to look like in real life. 😀
  • the lines are almost the exact same as the ones in the books: okay, so there were some new changes to the series but i love that the lines were almost the same as in the book. like, every time i was watching an episode i would connect what the character was saying to the book.😂
  • the new characters: like, the new character imogen – and isaac, based on aled’s character
    • imogen: a lot of people dislike her, and i did too, at the beginning. imogen is friends with nick.i like how she was happy that nick was with charlie and accepted their relationship ✨
    • isaac: we don’t get to see isaac that much, but he’s kinda iconic. he has a book everywhere he goes, and in the first episode, i noticed he was reading a good girl’s guide to murder. that’s like my favorite book📚- his character is based on aled, who is one of charlie’s best friends.
  • tao & elle: tao is now my favourite- with his sarcasm, and savage comebacks and he is so dramatic-. and his friendship with elle is (goals). i would rewatch the show just for tao and elle’s moments in it. don’t even get me started on tao’s hair. 👁️👄👁️
    • victoria: she only makes a few appearances but she’s so iconic. and can we talk about how she’s such a good & supportive sister to charlie??💛
    • nellie: even the dog looks exactly like the one in the book. but seriously, nellie, nick’s dog – is so cute~
  • the soundtrack🍃 when a song by girl in red started playing i was sO …glad for the recognition it was getting!😭 i love all the other songs that were in the series too.

and last but not least, nick and charlie – they became even more likeable after i watched the series. their relationship is so cute & wholesome and their chemistry is so real. 💞🌻i thoroughly enjoyed binge-watching this series, and would definitely recommend it. read the books first, though.

whew, that took a while. i hope you enjoyed reading! and i hope this convinced you to read heartstopper. if you’ve watched/read this series, let me know what you thought of it! thanks for reading and i’ll see you soon..

25 thoughts on “my thoughts on heartstopper: books + show review

      1. Ahh I didn’t realise you could get the novel as a pdf- I’ll have to look into it! I can’t wait for the next book to be published so read updates on tapas!!

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    i got vaccinated like two days ago, AND SAME MY ARM HURTS TOO 😭 hope ur okay now!!
    you may or may not have just given me a book series to readdddd omgm it sounds like a really comforting (no wonder why its ur comfort series aha) one! (or else ima just stream the movies illegally bc i dont have netflix 🤩🤩)

    anyway, you did a great job on writing this post! i had fun reading it, and its put together very well
    im planning on watching the angels and demons movie ,, i just finished the book! aaa i hope the lines are the same too, it gives me an odd feeling of satisfaction

    and yeah this def convinced me to watch // read heartstopper!! yayy

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    1. awe thank you lili! 💕😌
      i feel you..hopefully the pain goes away soon 😦
      yeahh it is an amazing comic series! i made my friend who doesn’t read read the first few pages and she REALLY LIKED IT SO YEAH😁
      thank uuu ur too sweet aahhh☺️💗💗✨
      Waiiitt what’s it about? The angels and demons book,..

      That’s awesome! lyy 💕☺️🧁


  2. I was really pleased with the casting as well. I’m so tired of 20-something-year-olds playing teenagers, because I remember that I had VERY wrong expectations when it came to my puberty. I totally agree that it makes the show more natural and they really managed to capture so many moments from the books authentically. I’m still obsessed and really glad shows like this get made these days!

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  3. ahh, i’m halfway through the show and 100% agree with your thoughts! i love your lil’ heartstopper graphic btw ❤
    fantastic review; am definitely going to pick up the book!

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  4. Ohhh yess I ADORE heartstopper ahh!! I loved the books so much, and the TV show adaption was just SO GOOD?!? honestly in awe eeek! Hopefully there’ll be a season two as well 🤞🤞

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  5. IKR THE CASTING WAS JUST AJSKDKDKSK- How was everything about the adaptation so pERFECT?!?!?!?!? 💙💙
    eh-hem. You already know I love both the books and the series so. much. gOSH.
    I loved your review evinnn- formatting is very nice 👏✨😍

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  6. I definitely agree. It was so refreshing to see teenagers being teenagers. I’m yet to read the books, and now I want to even more than before after your review, but the series was just heaven. I literally binge watched it in one seating and have no regrets whatsoever. It was the chemistry for me between Nick and Charlie, but Charlie’s sister was definitely my favorite character.

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    1. Yes, exactly! If you enjoyed this show, I totally recommend young royals. I just finished watching it today and it was amazing. 💫
      Actually, Netflix just confirmed a season 2 for both of these shows! But we’ll probably have to wait until next year.
      Ah, yes – tori. My favourite character was nick and tao!


  7. okay i have literally no idea why i didn’t get a notification of this post among all the others but omggg this show😭😭
    and lol even i had noticed isaac reading good girl’s guide to murder and i was like ohhh someone looks like a ya fan😂😂
    also omgg victoria IS a supportive sister but she really gave me chills, and i dont think i’m the only one😂😂
    ahh amazing review, evin!! really enjoyed reading it😭💖


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