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This Winter: A Heartstopper Novella

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Spring siblings shine in heartwarming holiday novella.

This Winter book cover: Three siblings with brown hair sit together in house doorway with fairy lights strung about it

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This novella is a sweet, heartwarming addition to the Heartstopper universe. In This Winter, the story takes place on Christmas day during the events of Heartstopper Volume 4. It's a moving holiday story and will definitely appeal to fans of the series. Although the difficult events of Charlie's mental illness, self-harm, and hospitalization are mentioned, the novella is more about the ups and downs of Charlie's healing and his relationship with his siblings. Author Alice Oseman brings a tender sensibility to the family's connections and struggles. Teens may relate to the difficulties of extended family gatherings, nosy or insensitive relatives, and disagreements with a loving but misguided parent. Charlie's awareness about his mental health and his commitment to therapy and positive coping strategies is inspiring. Readers will be cheering Charlie on along with his support system, especially his endearing siblings.

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