Book review - Nick and Charlie: A Solitaire Novella by Alice Oseman // Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Review // Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman

Nick and Charlie - A Solitaire Novella by Alice Oseman

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

This book is a companion novella to Solitaire (you can find my review for it here!)

There’s something about the world these books are set in—Nick and CharlieHeartstopper, 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.


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wideblue-watercolor-wash-texture-5letschat!-2Have you read Nick and Charlie? If so, did you like it?
How do you feel about (companion) novellas?
Do you adore Nick and Charlie as much as I do? 💗

xx, Lily


38 thoughts on “Book Review // Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman”

    1. Oh, it’s such a wonderful book, I hope you love it! ❤

      You should definitely read Heartstopper as well (before you read this one) – it’s full of cuteness, and swoon-worthy scenes. ☺️ And it’s available online, for free! 🙂

      Thank you so much, Olivia! 💞

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  1. I’m a sucker for a series of companion books. Especially if it is set in a world that you already love, it is so nice to focus on different characters and get their stories. I’ve not read any of these but now I want to. I’ll probably start with Heartstopper (and not just because I love the title). Great review (as always) Lily! Glad you liked it ❤

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    1. Yes, I agree with you completely!!

      I’d definitely recommend starting with Heartstopper, because it tells the story of how their relationship started, and I probably wouldn’t have been as invested in them, if I hadn’t read it first.

      Thank you so, so much, Becky! You’re so sweet. ❤

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    1. Ohh my pleasure, Annie! I can’t wait to hear what you think! 💗

      I’d recommend reading Heartstopper first, actually (if you haven’t done so yet, and don’t mind getting spoiled a little bit), because you’ll be much more invested in Nick and Charlie. But Solitaire is the first book you should read, if you want to start “at the beginning”.

      (I read Heartstopper first, and loved it so much that I decided to read Solitaire, and then Nick and Charlie.)

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  2. I’ve heard of these books, but never read them. The synopsis makes this little novella sound very bittersweet. I love becoming invested in characters, even if it ends up being painful. Being invested means you didn’t just read the book, you experienced it. Glad you’ve enjoyed these books so much.

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  3. Ahh, this book sounds fantastic! The characters seem so pure and lovely, and if a book makes you feel that deeply, it’s a no-brainer that I should read it. Great review! You’ve convinced me to put this on my TBR. 🙂

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  4. Oh Lily I love all of your reviews so, so much ❤ I'm so happy you enjoyed this one so much – I love how Alice Oseman always manages to capture teenagers' thoughts and feelings so much – probably because she is still so young and wrote Solitaire as a teenager, too. yet, I love it so, very much. ❤ I can't believe I haven't read that novella though – for some reason I keep on forgetting novellas exist haha 🙂 Thank you for the reminder 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! You’re such a sweetheart. 💗

      I totally agree, and I’m so in awe of how much she’s accomplished already, especially given her age. (And there’s actually another novella titled This Winter!! 💫)

      My pleasure! If you get around to reading them, you know whom to scream about them to. 😼💓

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  5. Lovely review! I adore Nick and Charlie! They give me so much hope. I haven’t read that many companion novellas and I don’t usually bother doing so unless I *really* loved the series. In this case, I can’t get enough of Alice Oseman’s writing so it seemed like a no-brainer to check out the novella too.

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  6. IM SO GLAD THAT YOU LIKED THIS!!! omg thiS book RIPPED OUT MY HEARRRRTTTTTTTTT i just,,, dgkjdjh felt. Everything about nick and charlie just makes my heart sob with how adorable they are and how much these smol boyfriends love each other right bye im starting to ramble and squeal here.


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