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All the books Isaac reads in Heartstopper — season two!!

Hello friends!! I have been very lax in posting lately, but you better believe that I have been preparing this post for MONTHS ahead of Heartstopper season two being released. So, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a little post I made about all the books that Isaac reads in Heartstopper — season two!!

OK, so to give credit where credit is due, the post I made for my own benefits of season one, is by FAR the most popular post I’ve ever written. EVER. In fact, I’m kind of flabbergasted that the post has held the SEO position 1 for so long. Netflix did their own post and it occasionally bumps me off, depending on how you search for the topic, but I’m usually back within a couple of days. Which is super weird, but I’m also HUGELY THANKFUL to everyone who searched for this topic and clicked on my poor, little (currently neglected) blog.

I won’t give a synopsis of the show, like last time. Because I kind of assume that if you’re here, then you probably know what Heartstopper is, and you very likely know who Isaac is. And we (still) stan a voracious bookworm!!

Also, for something a little different this year, and something I wish I had done last year — I’ve taken “screenshots” (but really, very terrible photos) of each book Isaac is reading so you can see the book itself, and added in the episode each book is in. This meant A LOT of pausing, rewinding, and crying while I tried to make each one as clear as possible. Then I kind of gave up — hence the terrible part. I have provided links to Goodreads for each book as I don’t have the blurbs this year.

So, without any further ado, check out all the books that Isaac reads in Heartstopper — season two!!

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all the books Isaac reads in Heartstopper — season two

I Love This Part — Tillie Walden

I Love This Part by Tillie Walden

Seen in episode 1: Out

I Love This Part is a sapphic romance YA graphic novel. Tillie Walden is the author and illustrator of this story.

Published in 2015

Goodreads link

SHOUT OUT to Sam for helping me figure out this book!! Thank you x

Ace of Spades — Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Seen in episode 1: Out

Ace of Spades is a queer YA mystery/thriller novel by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and deals with bullying.

Published in 2021

Goodreads link

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Heartstopper screenshot

We Are Okay — Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour Heartstopper screenshot
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Seen in episode 2: Family
Seen in episode 4: Challenge
Seen in episode 5: Heat

We Are Okay is the only book Isaac is reading in multiple episodes. It is a queer contemporary romance that deals with mental health.

Published in 2017

Goodreads link

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays — Oscar Wilde

Seen in episode 2: Family

Comprising of five of Oscar Wilde’s plays, this book demonstrates his wit in looking at society’s views on morality, etiquette and propriety, in comparison with sex and the power of relationships.

First published in 1989

Goodreads link

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds — Ocean Vuong

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Seen in episode 3: Promise

Vuong’s first full-length collection comprises queer contemporary poetry about family, relationships, grief, romance, memory, war and melncholia.

Published in 2016

Goodreads link

Book Lovers — Emily Henry

Seen in episode 3: Promise

A contemporary adult romance, Book Lovers is Henry’s third book, and full of tropes that two editors falling in love would never allow.

Published in 2022

Goodreads link

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Les Misérables — Victor Hugo

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Seen in episode 4: Challenge

Classic historical literature set in France, Les Misérables, features a romance born in the middle of war and revolution.

Published in 1862

Goodreads link

The Little Prince — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Seen in episode 4: Challenge

A classic French children’s story about a pilot who meets a strange little fellow when stranded in a desert.

Published in 1943

Goodreads link

The Little Prince is the only book that I couldn’t find the exact cover for — but this is the copy that I have

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Heartstopper screenshot

The Awakening — Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin Heartstopper screenshot
The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Seen in episode 4: Challenge

The Awakening was ground-breaking for its time. In an era of Austen-type romances, it tells the story of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage and has an affair.

Published in 1899

Goodreads link

The Outsider — Albert Camus

Seen in episode 5: Heat

Albert Camus’ portrayal of a man confronting the absurdity of human life became an existentialist classic. Yet it is also a book filled with quiet joy in the “tender indifference” of the physical world.

Published in 1942

Goodreads link

The Outsider by Albert Camus
The Outsider by Albert Camus Heartstopper screenshot

Where’s Wally? The Great Picture Hunt! — Martin Handford

Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt! by Martin Handford Heartstopper screenshot
Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt! by Martin Handford

Seen in episode 6: Truth/Dare

The Where’s Wally? books (or Where’s Waldo? in the US) are children’s search and find picture books. The Great Picture Hunt is the sixth book and set in museums and art galleries.

Published in 2006

Goodreads link

Birthday — Meredith Russo

Seen in episode 6: Truth/Dare

Birthday tells the story of friends born on the same day. The story is told in a snapshot of their shared birthday each year and is an award-winning queer contemporary novel.

Published in 2019

Goodreads link

Birthday by Meredith Russo
Birthday by Meredith Russo Heartstopper screenshot

Around the World in 80 Days — Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Seen in episode 6: Truth/Dare

A classic story about an adventurer who bets his friends he can travel around the world in 80 days, and then sets off to do so.

Published in 1872

Goodreads link

Crush — Richard Siken

Seen in episode 6: Truth/Dare

Crush is a powerful collection of queer contemporary poems driven by panic, romance and obsession.

Published in 2005

Goodreads link

Crush by Richard Siken

Boy Erased — Garrard Conley

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley Heartstopper screenshot
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Seen in episode 7: Sorry

Boy Erased is a memoir of identity, faith and family. It tells the story of the son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.

Published in 2016

Goodreads link

All Boys Aren’t Blue — George M. Johnson

Seen in episode 7: Sorry

In a series of personal essays, journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia, including his experiences being bullied, time with family and his first sexual experiences.

Published in 2020

Goodreads link

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M Johnson
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M Johnson Heartstopper screenshot

We Have Always Been Here — Samra Habib

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib Heartstopper screenshot
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Seen in episode 7: Sorry

A queer, Muslim memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.

Published in 2019

Goodreads link

Summer Bird Blue — Akemi Dawn Bowman

Seen in episode 8: Perfect

A queer contemporary novel, Summer Bird Blue explores these of grief, abandonment and mental health.

Published in 2018

Goodreads link

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman Heartstopper screenshot

Ace — Angela Chen

Ace by Angela Chen Heartstopper screenshot
Ace by Angela Chen

Seen in episode 8: Perfect

Through interviews, cultural criticism, and memoir, Ace invites all readers to consider big-picture issues through the lens of asexuality, because every place that sexuality touches our world, asexuality does too.

Published in 2020

Goodreads link

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Have you read any of the books Isaac is reads in Heartstopper — season two?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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