Review: ‘Nick and Charlie’ (‘Solitaire’, #1.5) by Alice Oseman

I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could keep turning back time to Thursday, and every time I got to the end of Thursday, I’d rewind time to the beginning of Thursday again, and I’d just be with Nick every day for the rest of my life.


4.5/5 paper planes

What’s This Book About?

Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQ+ romance)
Publication: Originally 16 July 2015 (e-book); re-published 6 August 2020 (paperback with illustrations)
Pages: 176 (paperback)

Synopsis: Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

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…

Content warnings: brief reference to eating disorder; swearing; sexual references and sex (off-page)

What I Thought:

This novella is like a snack with all of the emotional flavours – sweetness, salt (mostly from my tears) and a little sour-bitter that gets cleansed out with a welcome wash of honey. I cried from the sad angst and I cried from the sweet happiness (full on DeckerStar level stress!). Tao and Elle’s impending long-distance relationship also get briefly discussed here.

I was a little surprised by the borderline NSFW (as there was none in ‘Heartstopper’) but I suppose this does take place a few years after ‘Heartstopper’. There’s nothing truly explicit but just FYI!

I loved how Nick and Charlie’s friends and family still hold important roles as these relationships are one of my favourite aspects of the comic. Tori is a great sister and I really ought to hurry up and read ‘Solitaire’ now!

‘I don’t know what to say.’
‘It doesn’t matter what you say,’ [Tori] says. ‘You just have to say something.’

Closing the book, I still feel like I want a little more – lucky me, because I’m not yet up-to-date on the webcomic so off I go to Tapas…

Thanks for reading! Have you read ‘Nick and Charlie’, ‘Heartstopper’ or Oseman’s other novels – and what did you think?

(I’m going to be attending an archaeology conference all week this week so if I’m behind on your posts/comments, that’s why! Sorry in advance!)

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