Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’ for God’s sake!
But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever …
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Novella
Publication Date: July 16th, 2015
There’s something about the world these books are set in—Nick and Charlie, Heartstopper, and Solitaire—that is raw, and real, and makes my heart burst with emotions.
Part of it is due to the writing; the way Alice Oseman manages to put so much meaning behind only a few words, and the way she so accurately portrays what it feels like to be a teenager, but mostly, it’s simply the fact that she manages to draw me into the story, and make me become so invested—in this book’s case in Nick and Charlie, above all else.
Having read Heartstopper, a webcomic that revolves around Nick and Charlie, and one I adore with my entire heart and soul, I expected Nick and Charlie to, for the most part, be a cute, and light-hearted book as well, despite its synopsis—but even though my expectations did not coincide with reality, I still enjoyed it very much.
Both Nick and Charlie are such lovely and pure souls, and being able to read about their relationship through all its up and downs made my heart light up with so much joy.
Just like in Solitaire and Heartstopper, I love Tori and Charlie’s sibling relationship; they both have their own struggles, but they always have each other’s backs, and are there for each other, when it counts. And even though they don’t share very many scenes, you can feel how much they love and care for one another.
Nick and Charlie more than has its fair share of angst, heartache, and misunderstandings that threaten to bring an end to their relationship, but I loved every single minute of it, and it was such a wonderful feeling to be able to immerse myself in their world again.
No matter how much sadness seeped through the pages; the soft, and light-hearted moments more than made up for the pain, and I can only gush about this book, and implore everyone, especially those of you who already love Heartstopper, to read it.