This may be a novella but I wish it was a whole book!
Goodreads: “CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.”
NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.”
Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’, for God’s sake!
But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…”
This is a novella to the novel Solitaire by Alice Oseman but I wish it wasn’t.
Nick and Charlie’s relationship is a story that needs a whole book! Through this novella we learn about the struggles they are having now that they know Nick will be going to university and they will have to be a long distance couple.
This is just one of the many stories we could read about Nick and Charlie.
The characters themselves are perfect and so realistic you start to believe more and more that you are there with them. This includes the side characters in this novella. Although we only meet them for a few moments throughout the book this story is one that needs to be develop more – not because it was under-developed but because I want more!
We don’t have many UK-YA gay couples and Nick and Charlie are perfect. They have their flaws like any human beings but they share a young romance that many YA readers can relate to. This is a book in itself and I beg you Alice Oseman please give us more.