Parents' Guide to

Heartstopper, Volume 5

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Couple considers next level of romance in popular series.

Heartstopper Volume 5 book cover: Dark-haired boy and light-haired boy are seated and embracing with limbs intertwined

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Great read

I think this number of heartstopper is a bit more mature than the others, because they discuss sex, condoms, ect. I still loved this book, and I think it will be ok for some 13 and 12 year olds, but I recommend it for 14+. Meanwhile, I think the other heartstopper books should be 12 or 13+.
age 18+

Skip if you value your child’s innocence and morality

Unless you want your young teen to learn about homosexual intercourse, kissing, foreplay, condoms, hand-jobs, and “penetration” then I would leave this on the shelf. Adult content geared at children. Disturbing that adult writers want kids to read this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The fifth volume continues to offer heartwarming moments between Charlie and Nick, their engaging friends, and their loving families. In Heartstopper, Volume 5, the main emphasis is on Nick and Charlie's decision whether or not to take their physical relationship further. Sex is discussed a lot at school, among friends, and at home. The book deals with these discussions and decisions in a sensitive way. Consent, contraception, and safe sex are clearly highlighted. It's great to see such open conversations about sex. At the same time, the content may be too sexually mature sexual for younger readers who read the earlier and comparatively sex-free volumes. Illustrations imply physical intimacy but are not explicit. Charlie and Nick also seem a bit emotionally dependent on each other at times throughout this series, which is why it's good when they have interesting experiences with people outside of their relationship. With Nick's departure for university on the horizon, readers will look forward with anticipation to the sixth and final volume in the series.

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