Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.”
NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.”
Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’ for God’s sake!
But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever …
I am so happy that Nick and Charlie is finally out in paperback form! I’m not mad into reading ebooks so I never got around to this even though technically it was published 5 years ago, but the new illustrated paperback edition is the perfect thing for me!
Set 2 years after Heartstopper, this novella follows the continued story of the beloved Nick and Charlie. But this time around, Nick is heading off to university and both have to begin to wonder whether they can make long distance work and if they’re truly meant to be after all.
Honestly, I’ve not got a lot to say about this book. I already loved it before I even read it. This was just such a JOY – and even though I want as much Nick and Charlie content as I can get, I really loved how short and sweet this was. The novella layout makes it so easy to just sit down in one evening and finish it quite quickly.
There are ups and downs of course, and times where I wanted to throw the book across the room—but at the end of the day Nick and Charlie remain one of my favourite fictional romances. Oseman is a genius when it comes to fully-fleshed characters and these two are no different. A light tone to it, but still full of emotion and a great amount of depth. A must read for fans of Alice Oseman and Heartstopper.