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. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie's lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.
Heartstopper Volume 4, knew it had to be read and just my luck that Ms14 owns a copy (that she got for her birthday... from me...). The book continues Nick and Charlie's romance, watching their relationship with each other grow, and their relationships with their friends and family. One thing I like about this series is that it continues to feel very authentic and manages to touch on tough subjects without it feeling like it is overdone or shoved in your face (and here I thought my kiddo was just reading a teen romance series). The boys are both very different, Nick has a supportive mum, obnoxious brother and an absent dad. Charlie has parents he feels he cannot communicate with and siblings who adore him and are completely accepting of who he is.
The third book touched upon an eating disorder and book four delves much more into it. One thing I really liked with this story is that Nick's mum has a good little chat with him about not letting it all sit on his shoulders, that being too dependent on each other isn't a good thing in this regards and that it isn't his job to save Charlie, no matter how much he cares about him. But she also follows it through with little ways he can help and these are ways that would apply to so many people, not just ones with eating disorders. Mental health is brought up a lot and I think it is a very important topic for kids to be reading about. There's only one more book in this series to come, I know my 14 year old is eagerly awaiting her copy and I know I'll give that one a read too.
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