April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Heartstopper, Vol 3 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume Three Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We get a deeper dive into Charlie and Nick’s relationship this time around as the boys go on a school trip to Paris! How will they keep their relationship a secret? Or do they not mind people knowing now? I liked that we get to find out a little bit more about the side characters this time around, too. And the normalization of other sexualities!! I’ll say it again, this is so refreshing to see characters being treated in a normal way. Oseman has gone to great lengths to show that all people, regardless of their sexuality, deserve to be treated fairly. This volume is not without its darker moments tho, as issues of mental health in various forms are also dealt with, but in a caring way. And as someone who is still discovering things about his own sexuality well into his 40s, the side story dealing with the feeling of loss that comes with not having known who were earlier in your life really resonated with me. This continues to be one of the best series I’ve read this year.

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