The second series of the Netflix show Heartstopper continues the heartwarming journey of Nick and Charlie, two characters whose tender romance captivated audiences in the first season. Adapted from Alice Oseman’s beloved graphic novels, this series delves deeper into the complexities of love, friendship, and self-discovery.
Set against the backdrop of a British high school, the story follows Nick and Charlie as they navigate the challenges of coming out, dealing with personal insecurities, and forging meaningful connections with those around them. As their relationship develops, viewers are taken on an emotional rollercoaster, witnessing the highs and lows of their blossoming romance.
The second season delves into more mature themes while maintaining the charm and authenticity that made the first season a hit. It explores the characters’ growth as individuals, their evolving relationships with friends and family, and the broader issues they face within a contemporary society. With its genuine portrayals of LGBTQ+ experiences and its relatable exploration of the universal complexities of young love, Heartstopper continues to enchant and resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.
But among the many questions that we were left with after watching the series, a simple one revolved around Isaac. Namely, what were the books he was constantly reading?
Isaac, the most relatable of the lot perhaps, is never seen without a book—whether he is on the dance floor or standing in the rain watching rugby games. Some of the books Isaac has been spotted reading happen to be Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert, Naruto: Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Gender Explorers: Our Stories of Growing Up Trans and Changing the World by Juno Roche, and There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee.
He is also seen reading Proud: My Autobiography by retired gay rugby player Gareth Thomas during the rugby match, where everyone shows up to support Charlie but is utterly clueless about the game’s rules.
He is also seen reading Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Yes, the author of Heartstopper canonically also exists in the series, which is weirdly meta! Or at least it makes Oseman some sort of an omniscient messiah in the show.
The books Isaac reads in Heartstopper:
- Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
- Naruto: Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto
- Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- Gender Explorers: Our Stories of Growing Up Trans and Changing the World by Juno Roche
- There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
- Proud: My Autobiography by Gareth Thomas