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Summary

A short novella based on the beloved characters from Alice Oseman’s acclaimed debut novel Solitaire and graphic novel series Heartstopper – now a major Netflix series. From the author of the 2021 YA Book Prize winning Loveless.

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…

©2020 Alice Oseman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“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

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my emo heart finds this adorable

Let's start a petition for every audiobook to be narrated by an English performer.

It was like music to my ears. I loved this little story and I cannot wait to get to read it in the graphic novel format 🥰

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10/10 would hear again

DBD BDBDBBDJD SNBZHZK ANSBH SJS NDHHD I LOVED THAT SO MUCH IT WAS SO CUTE

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makes me feel warm

as a queer teenager in high school, i’ve currently never experienced romance, yet now i feel i have. rogue tears have trickled down my face and the story isn’t even sad: it’s the ability to experience the emotions of characters and become them, and it’s warmly sorrowful, because after the almost 2 hours of this audio book, the life that i was transferred into disappeared and now i feel empty (in a good way though :)

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AHHHHHH

SCREAMING CRYING THROWING UP
I PHYSICALLY CANNOT THIS BOOK MADE MY DAY AND ALSO RUINED IT
HOW TF R THEY SO CUTE

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IN TEARS I LOVE LOVE LOVE

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I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I WHY IS IT OVER

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AMAZING!!!!!!!

I loved it!
Alice is unique, she knows how to write.
Hope to like them someday.
🤍

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Made me cry!

Listened to it in one sitting and it genuinely made me cry- amazing book and definitely recommend

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Simply amazing

I’d already read the book and loved the characters. But wow hearing the words read out loud was even better. Tough at parts but even better at the right bits. Amazing narration

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truly amazing

a truly amazing listen with great readers and a captivating story. there is nothing bad to say, it was honestly a joy listening and made a great start to my day

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Honestly

Alice you did an fucking amazing job with this book,it was just fucking awesome!

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  • 02-05-22

loved it

although I only listened to the sample. I can tell the book is funny and charming. Nick and Charlie...you are the boys I wished I could have been 45 years ago.

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  • 01-05-22

This is an emotional roller coaster <33

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH SINCE I GOT SICK THIS WEEKEND I ENDED UP READING HEARTSTOPPER VOLUME 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 and i just listened to nick and charlie i admire this author ! i’ve never liked reading until i found Alice Oseman i’ve never felt this complete .. I can’t wait for more future books by Alice Oseman! i love nick and charlie so much at this point there all i think about and i have finally found my support author :))!!

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  • Shannon Schmidt
  • 24-05-22

nick and charlie

amazing i cried a lot especially at the end! i love them sm it breaks my heart that this isnt real.

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  • Sage
  • 23-05-22

I love this book

This is one of if not the best book I’ve ever read I 100% recommend it if you like cute kinda sappy teen romances Alice Oseman has a way with words that just pulls you in and surrounds you in the story it’s honestly just amazing

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  • TippyT
  • 22-05-22

Lovely and heartfelt

a lovely short story from the world of Heartstopper and Solitaire. beautifully written with believable emotion and a full story arc.

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  • Sonia
  • 19-05-22

SO CUTEE

as someone who’s read all the heartstopper books, the show, and now this, I definitely recommend it. I just binged listened and am now sad because volume 5 not out yet. It’s so cute and I really think it’s now my favorite, it’s a quick and easy listen to and it just warms my heart. The ending makes me a little sad but i love it.

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  • Michael
  • 19-05-22

lovely

I literally cried listening to this story. I wasn't prepared for the emotional roller-coaster. loved it.

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  • Lissa. Knight
  • 19-05-22

Nick and Charlie; Young love

This book is truly amazing. The author did a fantastic job, this book goes in-depth into the webtoon characters minds. Alice Oseman’s writing represents multiple thing; the power of words, mental health awareness, and the LGBTQ+ community. I thank her so much for this adorable book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-22

amazing

it was a great story and I almost cried about 80 times. I loved it!

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  • Roy
  • 18-05-22

A Great LGBTQ love story

It's just the best series overall. The story follows Nick and Charlie after two years of going out. It is the love story we all want.