Heartstopper, a new Netlfix series based on Alice Oseman's webcomic and graphic novels, has found a wide audience of both teens and adults touched by the charming coming of age love story between "proper little nerd," Charlie, and rugby star with golden retriever vibes, Nick. What starts as a sweet friendship and crush evolves into a tender romance with a shared love language primarily consisting of the simple word "hi." Viewers are enamored by the story's portrayal of joy with many expressing on social media how moved they are by the representation of LGBTQIA characters including trans girl, Elle, aromantic asexual, Issac, girlfriends Tara and Darcy, and supportive art teacher, Mr Ajayi.
If you were smitten by Heartstopper, we have recommendations for more heartfelt and affirming YA novels and graphic novels with LGBTQIA characters that don't ignore the pain and isolation of queer adolescence, but also highlight the sweetness of all young love and the happiness that connection with another person brings.
Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.