★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My opinion in three sentences:
It’s every fan’s dream to get a canon work dedicated to their favourite ship (and for those who love Nick & Charlie, there’s a web comic, Heartstopper, and this novella!) Oseman’s writing is as fantastic as ever, nailing the dialogue of a British teenage male, whilst keeping the momentum going from page to page. The whole novella was cute, true to character and a real joy to read.
(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:
The whole thing. No, truly, I mean it. Oseman uses the concept to demonstrate what a novella should include and really be like. In the past I’ve had the chance to read several novellas, but I’ve never truly enjoyed them – they’ve all either been cut short, rushed or even just pointless. Nick & Charlie (yes, in my ideal world, would be a literal diary of their entire lives!) was perfectly balanced: never rushed, never dragging, and NEVER pointless.
A warning for the book:
Your internal voice may loose its function temporarily (or your real voice if you’re one of those to vocally scream at the characters). Yes, I spent many of the angst-ridden chapters screaming at the two boys for being idiots. I won’t spoil it by telling you why, but let it be understood that they really are silly in some parts.
Recommended for fans of:
- Without Annette by Jane B. Mason
- Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
- If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan