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Heartstopper: Volume Two: 07/03/22
Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman covers the back half of the first season on Netflix. But, frankly, it's so much better than the TV adaptation. As it's the second book, it's the pause for breath or the calm before the storm.
After the disastrous party and the near breakup, Nick needs to face his feelings for Charlie head on. He knows Charlie likes him; Charlie's out. He also knows he enjoys his time with Charlie. He suspects he feels more for Charlie than just friendship. Is he gay? Is he straight? Maybe he's bi. Does it matter?
In the Netflix version, there's a lot of extra drama tossed in to keep Nick from deciding he actually loves Charlie. Much of this comes from expanding the distrust Tao feels for Nick. Tao goes from being a skeptical but protective friend to being an absolutely toxic, almost stalker all to pad out the back half of a series.
In the comic, though, more time is spent on scenes with just Charlie and Nick. There's time for the to talk and work through things at their own pace. It feels natural and organic.
Volume 3 was released in 2020 and I will review it next month.