Heartstopper is BACK! Our favourite boys Nick and Charlie return after the cliffhanger ending of volume one, which saw them kiss at a party before Nick hurried away, seemingly embarrassed.
Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows that Charlie is gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.
But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family… and himself.
Heartstopper vol. 2 is essentially a book about self discovery, and this is especially important for Nick. Over the course of the volume, we see Nick slowly coming to terms with being bisexual, researching what it means, and speaking to Charlie openly about his thoughts and fears. This is incredibly natural, and it’s so lovely to see this part of coming out in a graphic novel form. Often in books, we either see the fallout of coming out or we don’t see it at all, as the character is already established as out. These touching and prominent scenes with Nick will give reassurance to any readers feeling a little lost and confused with these brand new feelings.
This volume of the book is also incredibly sweet! Nick and Charlie are starting their relationship and are excited about what the future may hold for them. There is quite a lot of kissing and cuddling, and plenty of moments where they’re nearly caught out. This volume of Heartstopper really focuses on Nick growing as a character, and this can be seen so clearly in every panel.
Once again the artwork is something that really sets Heartstopper apart from other graphic novels. The art is always so free, and the style is incredibly expressive. Every facial expression shows just what the character is feeling without having to second guess, and the body language is clear and understandable. It’s great to read every single page and not have to wonder what the character might be feeling – you can see it clear as day!
What I always love about Heartstopper is just how cosy it makes me feel. I could quite happily read this again and again and not get bored of it. Heartstopper is everything that LGBT+ literature for teens should be about – happy relationships, loving partners, and taking your own time to learn about your sexuality.
Final thought: A charming and loving continuation to the series! 5/5