Title: Heartstopper Volume 4
Author: Alice Oseman
Publication Date: 11 May 2021
Synopsis: Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.
Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.
As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.
Format: Paperback courtesy of Hachette Australia
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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Representation: literally everyone is queer and it is perfection. Multiple BIPOC people too
Content warnings: self-harm, anorexia.
In this volume, we explore chapters 5 and 6 as well as Nick’s diary. Also, at the back of the volume, there are character profiles – there’s more than there ever was in previous volumes! AND there’s a ‘teachers’ mini comic.
This volume is jam packed with so many amazing scenes and moments that I am finding it hard to keep this spoiler-free.
We already know that Nick and Charlie are together – they are the OTP (one true pairing) of OTPs and they make my heart go !!!
This volume dives into those three words: I love you. And is it too early to say it? They’ve been together for a while now, and both boys think that it’s time.
This volume, like volume 3, comes with some pretty serious content warnings. So please keep them in mind if you need to when reading this one.
However, I always love the way that Alice handles such sensitive, tough, and important topics. She doesn’t brush them off and addresses them in a healthy way.
The warnings are there on the contents page of the book.
Full content warnings are available on Alice’s website: aliceoseman.com/content-warnings
I am so eagerly awaiting volume 5 and I know that it will remain in my heart forever.
If you love graphic novels, and amazing LGBTQ+ representation, I highly recommend this series.