I’ve been so looking forward to Heartstopper 3! I really enjoyed reading the first and the second volume about Nick & Charlie. The development of their friendship and relationship is so sweet and lovely. I like how carefully they interact and care for each other. There is no drama between them just sweet feelings which is so overwhelmingly beautiful and cheering me up. You can read my first review right here.
TITLE: Heartstopper 3 | AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 320 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: July 31st 2014| PUBLISHER: Hodder Children’s Books | ISBN: 978-0007559220|
In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private…
Meanwhile Tao and Elle will face their feelings for each other, Tara and Darcy share more about their relationship origin story, and the teachers supervising the trip seem… rather close…?
Deep, lovely and sweet
Charlie and Nick are like the most lovely couple of all time. They care in a sensitive way for another, act careful and watchful. There is no drama between them. But drama around them. A boy loves a boy and suddenly the world goes crazy.
People either thought I was a novelty or I was just gross. It… it really surprised me how many people are still homophobic. They’d tell me I was disgusting. Right to my face.
Charlie is extremely scared. He had to suffer bullying before and is afraid of Nick getting into the same situation as he did. Homophobic reactions are part of the their everyday life. It’s painful to read about those situations and at the same time it’s so important to write about them. People have to know that it’s still happening. Everyone needs to know that there is still hatred and intolerance. It’s so important because we have to fight against it. We have to support everyone of the LGBTQ+ Community. We have to learn to be sensitive, but not over-sensitive. And we can’t stop until everyone understands that it’s perfectly normal to be who you are.
Why is being out so complicated? In books and films there’s just one big coming out scene and then everything is fine haha. – Real life isn’t like that I guess.
Sexuality is not the only topic Alice Oseman is writing about. Her focus gets set on mental health and mental illnesses. Step by step she lets slip symptoms which are subtil and get more and more obvious over the time. And she tells the reader the best way to help people with mental illness or mental health problems: Talk. Talk and provide help. Ask how you can help. And be sensitive. Don’t push.
It took me a long time to even feel comfortable calling myself a lesbian. And for a while we thought it’d be easier to pretend we were totally platonic. But, in time, we got more comfortable being us. We reached the point where we knew that whatever people said or thought about us, we knew who we were. And we loved ourselves anyway.
Alice Oseman Comic-Series Heartstopper is lovely, sensitive and handles very important topics as sexuality, bullying, mental illness and growing up.
The best thing about this volume: I preordered and got a signed edition! Yay!