“Heartstopper:” a heartfelt tear-jerker

“Am I gay?” is something nearly every queer kid has searched up in trying to discern their identity separate from the heteronormative society; a phenomenon which does not exclude Nick in “Heartstopper.”

“Heartstopper,” based on Alice Oseman’s internet sensation of a webcomic, is a real tear-jerker that deals with the struggles of figuring out your identity, among other things — including bullying, high school relationships, and change. 

The diverse cast of friends includes Charlie (a gay boy), Nick (bisexual), Elle (a Black trans girl), Tao (Chinese), Isaac, Tara (Black and lesbian), and Darcy (a lesbian).

This show is every queer kid’s dream show; three non-cishet couples. This, unlike many shows, is a real depiction of so many queer friends. There is not just one queer kid in a group; we flock together out of community and necessity. 

At the start of second term, Charlie is navigating a rocky relationship with a mentally and physically abusive secret boyfriend, when he gets placed next to Nick in form (like homeroom). Elle has finally been able to transfer from the Truham Boys’ School to Higgs Girls’ School over winter break and, while Tao misses her, Elle befriends Tara and Darcy. 

The friends care about each other so much, and are always looking out for each other. To find out what happens with each of the friends, watch “Heartstopper” on Netflix.

This show is definitely one to binge and rewatch, and it will have your emotions going crazy in no time.

One thought on ““Heartstopper:” a heartfelt tear-jerker

  • May 17, 2022 at 9:54 am
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    I really loved Heartstopper. I had read the whole graphic novel (or at least all that has been released) so it was really cool to see it get brought to life. I really appreciate the show’s representation and the different identities and people that they have attempted and incorporated in the show as a whole. I’d really love to see more shows like this, I think that they can offer a lot to today’s youth.

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