There are few things more exhilarating than a good horror story. When it comes to horror, Heartstopper has definitely carved out a niche for itself.
Heartstopper is a webcomic written and illustrated by Alice Oseman. It follows the story of two gay teens, Nick and Charlie, as they navigate their relationship at school and with their families.
While the story is touching and funny, it also doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of life, like homophobia and mental illness. If you’re looking for a good scare or just a touching story, check out Heartstopper.
And if you’re not sure where to start, we will provide you with a list of the books in order.
Table of Contents
Chronological order of all Alice Oseman books
Alice Oseman is a British author and illustrator who has written various books for young adults.
Her first book, Solitaire, was published when she was just twenty years old. Since then, she has gone on to release five more novels, as well as an illustrated novella.
About Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman is a British graphic novelist and author who writes young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Solitaire, was published in 2014 by Harper Collins. She has since written two more novels, Radio Silence (2016) and I Was Born for This (2017). Her fourth book, Loveless, is set to be released in 2018.
Oseman’s work often deals with topics such as mental health, relationships, and identity. She has said that she writes “for teenagers who feel like they don’t fit in anywhere.”
Alice Oseman was born in Kent, England, in 1994. She studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield.
List of all Alice Oseman books and heartstopper graphic novels:
Heartstopper: Volume 1
Charlie is a gay over-thinker and Nick is a rugby player. The two meet at an English all-boys school for non-grammar children. In the story, we watch their friendship grow and take on new meanings.
Charlie Spring is in 10th grade at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year has been pretty tough, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore.
Nick Nelson is a senior at the high school who plays on the rugby team. He’s pretty aware of what happened last year with Charlie, but he’s never talked to him. Now, he’s about to get his chance.
The relationship between Nick and Charlie begins as friends and one day that friendship blossoms into something more. As an unlikely romance, they get closer and closer despite believing they have no chance at all. However, sometimes life has other plans, and good things are waiting right around the corner.
Heartstopper: Volume 2
Nick and Charlie are best friends, but they’re still getting to know each other. Nick knows that his friend is gay, but he’s not sure if he’s gay himself.
Heartstopper: Volume 3
The third volume of Heartstopper contains more small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives as they come together to make up something larger. The book speaks for people everywhere and has something for everyone.
Charlie never thought Nick could like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Nick even found the courage to come out to his mom.
Coming out isn’t just something that happens once, like when you’re younger. There’s Nick’s older brother Charlie, and a school trip to Paris, not to mention all the other friends and family out there.
Life can be hard even with someone who loves you by your side. Even though their feelings are getting more serious, Nick and Charlie will need each other more than ever before.
Heartstopper: Volume 4
This is the fourth and final installment in the Heartstopper series. It focuses on new, fledgling romances and all their ups and downs.
Charlie never thought Nick would ever like him back. But now, they’re boyfriends. Charlie’s finally feeling ready to say these three little words: I love you.
Nick sure has been feeling the pressure lately. On top of coming out to his dad, he’s also worried about Charlie. He suspects that she may have an eating disorder.
As the season changes from summer to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.
- Solitaire (2014/2020)
A new, revised edition of Solitaire was published in August 2020. The main purpose of this revision was to make it more similar to Heartstopper while editing various elements of the story she felt were harmful or sensationalized. This new edition comes with a foreword and an updated ‘about the author’ section.
- Radio Silence (2016)
Frances has always been a hard-working person, with one goal: an elite university. Nothing will stop her, not friends, or a guilty secret—or even the person that she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favorite podcast, he unlocks the door to Real Frances – letting her be herself for the first time. Then the podcast goes viral, and their fragile trust is broken.
Caught between who she was and who she wants to become, Frances’s dream collapses. Suffocating from guilt and knowing that she needs to confront what’s in her past once and for all, Frances knows that it’s time…
- I Was Born For This (2017)
Life for Angel and Jimmy is all about one thing: The Ark. They’ve been part of the group’s fandom since they were both small kids.
Life can change in an instant, though, and when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together they discover how strange and surprising life can be.
- Heartstopper (2018)
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- Loveless (2019)
Georgia has never fallen in love, kissed anyone, or felt a crush. But she’s certain that one day she’ll be able to do all of those things and more – so when her friends convince her to enroll at university and start making friends, she takes the opportunity.
She moves into a new residential hall with two best friends from home (Pip and Jason), joins the Shakespeare Society, and begins researching how to find “Love”. When Georgia starts crushing her friends with her romance plan, though, they make changes that backfire on her.
With new terms like “asexual”, and “aromantic” targeting across campus as part of orientation week, Georgia starts questioning why she can’t feel anything.
The Heartstopper TV show
The Heartstopper TV show is an adaptation of the graphic novel series of the same name, created by Alice Oseman. The show is a coming-of-age drama that follows the relationship between two teenage boys, Charlie and Nick, as they navigate their way through love and friendship.
The show has been praised for its realistic portrayal of teenage relationships and its sensitive handling of LGBTQ+ themes. It has been nominated for several awards, including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming show to watch with your family or friends, then look no further than The Heartstopper TV show!
You can watch the trailer for the show here:
Conclusion of the Heartstopper books in order
The Heartstopper series may have ended with the publication of the third book in 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t continue. With a paperback edition soon to be released, this is a series that will likely stay with us for many years to come.
Here’s how you can keep up with the latest news about Nick and Charlie:
- Follow Alice Oseman on her Twitter account (@AliceOseman) and on her website aliceoseman.com;
- Subscribe to Oseman’s newsletter on her website;
- Check out Oseman’s other work, including her webcomic Heartstopper and her books Solitaire, Radio Silence, Loveless, and I Was Born For This.
In what order do you read the Heartstopper books?
- Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2018)
- Heartstopper: Volume 2 (2019)
- Heartstopper: Volume 3 (2020)
- Heartstopper: Volume 4 (2021)
- This Winter (2015)
- Solitaire (2014)
- Nick and Charlie (2015)
- Radio Silence (2016).
How many Heartstopper volumes are there?
The Heartstopper series has four volumes, but the fifth and final volume is expected to release in late 2022. A companion book entitled Heartstopper Yearbook is also set to release on October 13, 2022.
Will there be a 5th Heartstopper book?
The fifth and final volume is scheduled to release on February 2, 2023.
Do you have to read Heartstopper in order?
If you want to read one or the other, it doesn’t matter if you’re reading Heartstopper first or Solitaire first. Some people choose to read them in chronological order, starting with Heartstopper and ending with Solitaire.