‘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…?’
I ordered it. I received it. I read it in (approximately twenty minutes.) I squealed. I almost had happy tears. I loved. What an experience.
I am not one for graphic novels. Nothing against them, they’ve just never appealed to me. However, along came Alice Oseman who is one of my favourite authors and she just had to change my mind. Not only did she write the story but she also designed the comic, everything from the art to the speech which is handwritten. I love the art-style which is simplistic and yet still manages to convey so much with the characters being the focal point. I love that she included both written dialogue and thoughts but it never got complicated. She even managed to incorporate flashback scenes, iPhone messages and Facebook DMs and it all came together flawlessly.
As for Nick and Charlie. Well. I doubt you could find a single person on this planet who wouldn’t fall in love with these two dorks. We follow them through their first meeting, through their individual crushes on one another until we get to a cliffhanger. We also meet side character such as Tori (Charlie’s oldest sister), Tao (Charlie’s friend) and even Nellie (Nick’s adorable little dog. Yes, there’s a dog.) As well as our fair share of arsehole characters who you’ll meet.
Overall, I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. There was a moment of hair ruffling that almost knocked me out with cuteness, a very relatable moment where Nick was watching the dreaded three dots as Charlie took a while to message back and even a mention of Nando’s which made me laugh out loud. The book is a mixture of humour and cuteness but I know Alice is only getting started with this first volume. So much so that I immediately went and subscribed to her Patreon page to see what’s next. I recommend you do the same if you’re able as Alice completely crowdfunded this story and self-published it.
Lots of Love,