Heartstopping Good Reads for Alice Oseman Fans

By Grace Menary-Winefield

Volume 5 of Alice Oseman's universally beloved series Heartstopper is out soon! In the meantime (or after you've binged it), here is a mix of young adult chapter books and graphic novels that give the same feels of queer joy and adorable romance that Nick and Charlie provide.

  • Check, Please!

    2018 by Ukazu, Ngozi

    When a former figure-skating champion joins a hockey team, (and falls desperately in love with his captain), things start to heat up on the ice.

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  • Bloom

    2019 by Panetta, Kevin

    In this sweet, delicious graphic novel, Ari wants to leave his family's bakery and pursue his music dreams. That is, until he unexpectedly falls for the young baker brought in to replace him.

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  • Imogen, Obviously

    2023 by Albertalli, Becky

    Pretending to date her queer best friend is only a favor, obviously! But then, what happens when Imogen begins to wonder if she's really straight, after all?

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  • I Think I Love You

    2021 by Desombre, Auriane

    This enemies-to-lovers novel sees two opposites come together to disassemble all the romantic comedy tropes in a film competition, but will they still be archnemeses when the credits roll?

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  • Belle of the Ball

    2023 by Costa, Mari

    A mascot, a head cheerleader, and an athletic-all star walk into a coffee shop . . . I'm sure there's a joke like that! This graphic novel romantic comedy explores an unexpected love triangle and feels like a warm bear hug.

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  • Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms

    2021 by Frasier, Crystal

    A graphic novel that is more about relationships than sports, antisocial Annie and people-pleaser Bebe must come together to help each other shine in their last year of high school. And who knows? Perhaps their friendship will spark into something more. "Give me an L-O-V-E!"

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  • As You Walk On By

    2023 by Winters, Julian

    A John Hughes-esque comedy of "coming-of-age" errors set all in one night at a house party, and starting with an epically disastrous promposal. Honest, hilarious, and just bursting with queer romantic gestures.

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  • She Gets the Girl

    2022 by Lippincott, Rachael

    Spoiler: Happily-ever-after is guaranteed with a book like this. When Molly and Alex band together to get the girls they like to fall for them, neither suspects a better choice is staring them right in the face: each other.

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  • What If It's Us

    2018 by Albertalli, Becky

    When Arthur and Ben start to date, it goes wrong time and time again! And again, and again! Is the universe pushing them apart, or are they missing something obvious that could make the spark catch?

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  • You Should See Me in a Crown

    2020 by Johnson, Leah

    The queer prom romance you didn't know you needed! Liz Lightly's dreams of attending Pennington College are almost in reach--she just needs to win Prom Queen and the $10,000 scholarship that goes with. But what happens when she starts to fall for her competition?

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  • Bingo Love

    2018 by Franklin, Tee

    Two women reunite in a bingo hall decades after being forced apart in the 1960s when they were lovestruck teenagers. This graphic novel is gentle, feel-good, inspiring, and altogether a jackpot win of a sweetheart story.

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  • Boy Meets Boy

    2003 by Levithan, David

    A gay love story set in a world where homophobia doesn't exist! But even though our heroes can have a sweet, unfettered "will they/won't they" relationship, that doesn't mean it's easy. In a world where drag queens play high school football and parents are always supportive, love is still scary!

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