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Publisher's 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.

The festive season isn't always happy for Tori Spring and her brother Charlie. And this year's going to be harder than most.

I used to think that difficult was better than boring, but I know better now…

I’m not going to think about the past few months, about Charlie and me, and all of the sad. I’m going to block it all out Just for today.

"Happy Christmas, " I say.

©2020 Alice Oseman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Relatable tense family Christmas, Oseman style

Dont let the short length fool you, this little novella packs a punch.

This is the story of Nick and Charlie's first Christmas together. It is well worth your time if you want to get to know their world a little better. You get a lot more info about their extended families and sibling relationships. You learn more about how their relationship is doing after the events in October and Charlie's brief absence. You get a little more insight on Charlie's emotionally closed off mom and the Spring family dynamics in general. Tense, but sweet.

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Sweet simple story of sibling love

Sweet, simple and lovingly crafted story of sibling love and support in facing challenges of holiday stress while coping with a teen eating disorder. Adds more depth to #Heartstopper characters in Charlie and Nick's families, bouncing narrative perspective from Tori, to Charlie, to younger brother Oliver, with excellent audiobook voicing for each.

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Ed Effecting Those Around - Minor TW

I really liked this story because it gave me the reader more of an idea of how these characters interacted this winter. I also love the fact that it not only shows the struggles/recovery of someone with an ed and how it can also affect the people around them. I'm glad that this book opened up with Tori because I feel like we don't really get much of her anymore so it's great that we got to see her perspective of this entire situation. Finally I'm also glad that this book shared what it was like for Oliver, Tori and Charlie's little brother, to go through Christmas not really knowing much about what was going on with Charlie and again how that effected him being that he also is very young. :) Love Alice so rating her 5/5 on everything might just be my opinion but I still stand by it.

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I like it

I like it its short and spicy. I also like the narration I wouldn't mind reading more books lik this

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  • 05-12-22

Perfect besides the voice for Tori.

Tori’s reader talked really fast and was difficult to make sense of to me. I feel like the character didn’t match the voice either however I appreciate the fact the voice actors maintain continuity in that Charlie and Tori keep the same voices as Solitaire and Nick and Charlie respectively.

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  • 02-22-22

Great story, but …

This is a lovely short story, and the narrator playing Charlie is excellent. Unfortunately, the narrator reading Tori has a really dull inflection .. surely a better young woman could have been found for this?! Even worse is that the seven year old brother Oliver is played by a woman, trying to be a seven year old boy, which really sounds ridiculous.

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  • 05-25-22

loved every minute

loved it didn't want it to stop story was good to and just love to here about Charlie and Nick

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  • Lisa Dickinson
  • 05-09-22

This book is freaking amazing

One of the best book especially for the Alice oesmanvierce it’s absolutely amazing 100% recommended

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  • 05-04-22

Brilliant

loved it but wish it was longer as its such a good read. recommend reading

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  • 05-04-22

Beautiful

Amazing, wonderful and joyous. If you want to be filled with love and beauty, have an insight into the world of queer panic and the recognition of struggling with mental health read this, then, read it again.
Alice Oseman you amaze me 🌈🍂

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  • 05-17-22

YAS.

All Alice Osemans books are amazing so I knew this wouldn't be any different. This great book is about Tori, Charlie and Olivier's perspective on Christmas day. I would recommend if you want a short lovely book to enjoy x

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  • 04-30-22

:(

i wish these characters would get better and live happy with their families :((( waaa waaa