It’s been a little while since I watched the Netflix adaptation of Heartstopper, but it does seem like it matches almost frame for frame what happens in this first volume (in the exchanges between Nick and Charlie, at least – the supporting cast is a little more fleshed out in the show). Reading the graphic novel is to be enveloped in warmth and I doubt anyone could read this volume without a huge goofy grin on their face.
Nick is pure joy and kindness and when this brushes up against Charlie’s shy sincerity, it’s clear from the first pages that they have insane chemistry. Their ‘friendship’ is sweet and honest as they open their lives and, bit by bit, become inseparable. The comments from the sidelines – from Nick’s mother, Charlie’s sister, and even their rugby teammates – fuel this hope, this possibility that there could be something more to their friendship.
I love that Nick’s personality doesn’t allow him to take out his confusion on those around him, particularly Charlie. I think it would’ve been easy for him to withdraw and deny his feelings. Instead, as with everything else, his openness and acceptance ease a transition that I doubt he foresaw or expected.
I honestly can’t wait to read the second volume and can only hope it heads in the same direction as the show. Considering how faithfully it’s followed the first volume, I’d say the chances are good!