AUTHOR: Alice Oseman
PUBLISHER: Hodder Children’s Books
DATE: 2018 (originally self-published in 2016)
Heartstopper, Book #1
by Alice Oseman
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
In the first Heartstopper volume, a main character (Nick) is attracted to people of multiple genders and questioning his sexuality.
[SPOILER] Later in the series, Nick identifies as bisexual.