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Heartstopper Volume Three – Alice Oseman - Published by Hodder February 2020

Two boys meet. Two boys fall in love. Now what?

Heartstopper Volume Three is the third graphic novel of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series. Originally starting as a webcomic (and still released as so alongside the books) - Heartstopper has gained quite the following in recent years and that’s no great surprise. It’s the kind of book you read when you need cheering up. When you’re tucked up in bed with a hot chocolate and it is pouring with rain outside.

 Both written and illustrated by Alice Oseman, the book isn’t afraid to tackle hard themes such as homophobia and mental health whilst never losing its heart. Each page has you laughing, crying, gasping, or all the above! Oseman’s style is distinctive and it makes you appreciate Heartstopper even more. She is not afraid to delve deep into her characters and their relationships with one another, whether romantic, platonic or family. Each character has a part to play in the narrative.

Lead characters Charlie and Nick are now in an established relationship – so what happens next? Well, without giving too much away I will say that Oseman beautifully captures the feelings and experiences that come with first love as the couple begin to come out to people with their relationship whilst getting to know each other on a deeper level. With an assort of lovable side characters (and some not so lovable ones!) and perhaps the cutest dog you will ever see drawn – I will recommend Heartstopper to everyone looking for a soft, loveable read.

Carrie Jayne Crawshaw

“There's this idea that if you're not straight, you HAVE to tell all your family and friends immediately, like you owe it to them. But you don't. You don't have to do anything until you're ready.”
Alice Oseman, Heartstopper: Volume Three

Biographical Notes: Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman is an author/illustrator and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and upcoming LOVELESS. She is also the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children's Books.

Alice’s first novel SOLITAIRE was published when she was nineteen. Her YA novels have been nominated for the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, and the Goodreads Choice Award, and HEARTSTOPPER has been optioned for TV. She can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job.

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