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Publisher Description

A short novella based on the beloved characters from the graphic novel Heartstopper – soon to be a major Netflix series – and Alice Oseman’s debut novel Solitaire, which was praised as ‘The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age’ by The Times.

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…


Praise for SOLITAIRE:

“The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age” The Times

“The most honest and authentic account of modern teenage life that you’ll read this year… outstanding contemporary fiction with appeal to fans of John Green.” The Bookseller

‘A very authentic, teenage voice’ – Sunday Times

‘Solitaire is an extraordinary novel … [Oseman] has captured her characters’ rage, humour and insecurity with aplomb.’ The Financial Times

‘Oseman proves herself a clever, witty writer’ Publishers Weekly

“Full of wit, cynicism, sarcasm and humour. This book is relatable yet original at the same time.” Goodreads review

About the author

Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. Alice's first book, SOLITAIRE, was published when she was nineteen.

Young Adult
July 16
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

Kaamiishuu ,


Nick and Charlie will always always make me laugh, always make me cry, always make me scream, make me want, hope, and go through everything all over. I absolutely love them. I love how Alice Oseman writes them. Their relationship is theirs to define, not anyone else’s. This novella goes into mental health and eating disorders, long distance relationships, the importance of communication, and defining one’s relationships. Definitely a must-read. I don’t believe it matters what age you are. It’s a must read for everyone. Such a beautiful beautiful book.

kennyamr ,

I love it.

It’s a short story about love and what is to be in a perfect relationship where two people just care about each other. This is truly a very well thought work that conveys the feelings of two people towards each other. I love the (ongoing prequel) Heartstopper comic so this has been a great experience for me. Thank you very much for creating such compelling characters. I really love them all.

Rosario0108 ,


I’ve been reading the web comic for a couple of months now, and this just feels right. Alice is an amazing writer and I’m happy that I found this series.

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