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You have probably noticed that while the majority of the Heartstopper gang are extroverted, Isaac enjoys nothing more than understanding the world through the books that he reads. So we're diving deep into the world of Isaac Henderson, exploring the books that have shaped him, his journey, and the themes that resonate with him throughout Heartstopper. Whether you're a bookworm like Isaac or just a Heartstopper enthusiast craving more of the world Alice Oseman has created, join us on this literary journey through the pages of Isaac's favourite reads.
Here is a list of all the books Isaac has read in Heartstopper:
• Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
• Naruto – Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto
• The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
• Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman
• A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
• Proud: My Autobiography by Gareth Thomas
• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
• Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
• 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
• I Love This Part by Tillie Walden
• Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
• We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
• Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
• Book Lovers by Emily Henry
• Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
• The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
• The Awakening by Kate Chopin
• We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
• The Outsider by Albert Camus
• Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
• Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
• Birthday by Meredith Russo
• Crush by Richard Siken
• Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
• All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
• We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
• Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
• ACE by Angela Chen
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
A dozen years after his historic triumph over House Harkonnen, Paul Atreides finds himself ruling as emperor from the arid planet of Arrakis. However, his triumph has spawned profound and far-reaching consequences. The flames of war now consume the entire known universe, leaving billions in their wake. Despite ascending to unparalleled heights of power, Paul stands helpless, unable to quell the ceaseless conflicts.
As former allies secretly conspire to unseat him and even his own beloved consort turns against him, Paul's desperate search for a glimmer of peace and alliance amidst the sea of betrayal and turmoil leads him to an unexpected source: the Tleilaxu, a shadowy guild of genetic manipulators. But this move comes at a steep cost, eroding Paul's support from the Fremen, his own people, the bedrock of his rule. To lose their allegiance is to risk the very foundation of his empire.
With tensions escalating by the day, Paul confronts a heart-wrenching choice – to safeguard his throne, his cherished wife, his loyal people, and his personal destiny, or to ensure the destiny of the entire cosmos itself.
Naruto – Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto
Naruto, a youthful shinobi, boasts an irrepressible talent for mischief. With a humor that knows no bounds, his mischievous spirit is matched only by his unwavering dedication to becoming the world's most formidable ninja!
But the tranquility achieved after Kaguya's downfall proves ephemeral, for Sasuke's ambition for absolute dominion threatens to shatter the fragile peace. In the ultimate volume of Naruto, can Naruto succeed in altering his old friend's course and ushering in a genuine era of harmony for the entire ninja realm?
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
"The Time Traveler's Wife" marks the inaugural novel of acclaimed American writer Audrey Niffenegger, making its debut in 2003. At its heart, this is a tale of love and destiny. Henry, our protagonist, grapples with a genetic quirk that propels him into the currents of time with no warning or control. Then there's Clare, his beloved wife, a gifted artist who must navigate the intricate fabric of their relationship, even as she weathers the relentless ebb and flow of Henry's unpredictable absences.
Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman
Welcome to the quintessential, hands-on initiation into the realm of quantum mechanics. In this comprehensive guide, distinguished physicist Leonard Susskind and accomplished data engineer Art Friedman equip you with the essential skills required to venture into the fascinating and famously challenging realm of quantum mechanics independently.
With their adept guidance, you'll find lucid and engaging explanations of fundamental principles, a comprehensive introduction to the pivotal domains of quantum mechanics, and an assortment of practical, step-by-step exercises to reinforce your understanding. Embracing the mantra of making the complex as straightforward as possible while preserving its integrity, this resource is an indispensable toolkit designed for aspiring scientists, promising you a unique and accessible approach to this intricate subject that can't be found anywhere else.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The case appears to be a closed chapter in history. Five years have passed since the tragic murder of schoolgirl Andie Bell, and Sal Singh has been labeled as the perpetrator. The authorities are convinced of his guilt, and the entire town shares this conviction.
However, Pippa Fitz-Amobi, who has spent her life in this close-knit community overshadowed by the crime, harbors doubts. When she selects this case as the subject for her final project, she embarks on a quest that unravels hidden truths, secrets someone within the town is desperately determined to protect. As she inches closer to unveiling the real culprit, the question lingers: How far will this shadowy figure go to shield Pip from the unsettling truth?
A captivating read for enthusiasts of gripping mysteries, "One of Us Is Lying," the enigmatic twists of "Gone Girl," the mind-bending complexity of "We Were Liars," and the dark intrigue of "Riverdale."
Proud: My Autobiography by Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas once possessed it all: national hero status, a revered sporting icon, and the distinguished role of captain for both Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was more than a mere game; it was the embodiment of cultural identity, a sacred creed. But amidst these grandeur accolades, rugby gave him everything, except the freedom to be his true self.
This is the chronicle of a man burdened by a hidden truth that was silently eroding him. A truth that had the potential to shatter not only his own life but also those of his spouse, family, loyal friends, and teammates. The only refuge from the agony and remorse of the deceptive life he led was on the pitch, where he could lose himself in the sport he cherished. However, all his achievements couldn't alleviate the torment of concealing his authentic self. The fear of revealing his true sexuality and losing everything he held dear nearly pushed him to the brink.
The charade concluded when Gareth courageously became the world's most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His bold act has not only empowered countless strangers but has also granted him a newfound perspective on life. Gareth's compelling and heartfelt narrative transcends the realm of sports, conveying a universal truth about the emotions of being an outsider and summoning the courage to embrace one's true identity.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
From its resounding success back in 1813, "Pride and Prejudice" has consistently held its place as one of the most beloved novels in the English language. Jane Austen affectionately referred to this brilliant creation as her "darling child," and its spirited protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, as "a delightful creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the headstrong Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy unfolds as a captivating display of refined verbal duelling.
Throughout the pages, Jane Austen's effervescent wit shines brightly as her characters engage in an intricate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, rendering this work the epitome of Regency England's most exquisite comedy of manners.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
What if everything you believed about yourself turned out to be a misconception? Frances has always been a relentless academic, her sights set squarely on an exclusive university. She's resolute; not even her friendships or a closely guarded secret can deter her from this singular path – not even the person she truly is beneath the façade.
But then, in a serendipitous encounter with Aled, the introverted genius behind her cherished podcast, Frances discovers a newfound liberty. Aled ushers in Real Frances, and for the first time, she relishes genuine friendship, unafraid to embrace her authentic self. But when the podcast skyrockets to viral fame, it strains the fragile trust between them. Torn between the persona she projected and the one she yearns to embrace, Frances's aspirations shatter, and she grapples with the weight of guilt, knowing she must confront her past. She must reveal the truth behind Carys's disappearance.
Meanwhile, at university, Aled faces his own solitary battle, harboring even darker secrets. The path to conquering fears lies in facing them, and true happiness can only be found by embracing your genuine self. Frances is about to summon every ounce of her courage for the journey ahead.
Gender Explorers: Our Stories of Growing Up Trans and Changing the World by Juno Roche
Within this inspiring and uplifting compilation of interviews, a remarkable group of young transgender individuals generously share their wisdom and counsel, shedding light on the factors that have enabled them to not just survive but thrive on their journey of growing up as transgender.
With remarkable openness and sincerity, these young voices discuss their personal gender journeys, the intricacies of coming out, their aspirations, and their apprehensions. Their narratives are complemented by interviews with and support from their devoted parents and caregivers. Together, these accounts serve as a poignant testament to the boundless potential of transgender children to lead fulfilling, joyful lives when enveloped in the love and encouragement they require.
With her characteristic sincerity and empathy, Juno Roche amplifies the voices of a generation of gender pioneers who have harnessed the concept of gender to suit their authentic selves. In doing so, they unveil a more compassionate, inclusive world—one that each of us should ardently advocate for.
There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make Or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
Navigating a world brimming with concerns like food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, antibiotic resistance, and plastic pollution can feel overwhelming. The question arises: what takes precedence, what are the cascading consequences of our choices, and where should we start? Must we all adopt a vegetarian lifestyle? Can we reduce our carbon footprint when flying? Is fracking a viable solution? How can we harness technology for the greater good? And does it all come down to controlling our population? Given the global scope of these challenges, it's natural to wonder what role any one of us can play.
Thankfully, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and charted a practical, even enjoyable path forward. In "There is No Planet B," he lays out this course in an accessible, entertaining manner, replete with astonishing facts and insightful analysis. For the first time, you'll encounter a comprehensive view of the contemporary environmental and economic dilemmas, all meticulously linked back to their core: the way we live and think. This book may startle you, surprise you, and then bring a smile to your face. Within its pages, you'll discover pragmatic and even inspiring concepts on how each of us can contribute to ensuring humanity's prosperity on this one and only planet we call home.
I Love This Part by Tillie Walden
In a quaint American small town, two girls find solace in each other's company while navigating the trials and tribulations of school life. Their days are spent sharing earbuds, immersing themselves in videos, exchanging stories, and selecting songs to play for one another. Through these simple acts, an unanticipated and profound connection blossoms, giving rise to a relationship neither of them saw coming.
In her subsequent work following the critically acclaimed "The End of Summer," Tillie Walden beautifully narrates the tale of a tender love that can make you feel like the most significant presence in the universe. She demonstrates how, even when you least expect it, you can discover that one person who truly comprehends you, providing solace in a world where it seemed like no one else could.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
"Ace of Spades" combines the intrigue of Gossip Girl with the unsettling suspense of Get Out, delivering an electrifying twist. Hidden truths surge to the surface as two students become the targets of an enigmatic tormentor with a shocking agenda.
Step into the world of Niveus Private Academy, where opulence lines the corridors and students embody nothing less than perfection. Yet, a seismic shift is underway. A faceless messenger known as Aces is unravelling the darkest secrets of two students. Devon, a gifted musician, immerses himself in rehearsals, only to find himself thrust into the spotlight when his private photos are thrust into the public eye. Chiamaka, the head girl, will stop at nothing to secure her desires, but soon, the world will learn the cost she's paid for power. An unseen adversary is closing in on them both, an adversary who holds all the cards. Their agenda extends far beyond high school games...
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
In life, we often believe we need so much... until the moment you depart, carrying with you just your phone, your wallet, and a photograph of your mother. Marin has severed ties with her past existence, speaking to no one from her former life since the day she abandoned it all. The truth of those concluding weeks remains locked away, undisclosed even to her dearest friend, Mabel. Yet, even in the heart of New York, thousands of miles removed from the California coast, Marin is haunted by the past she attempted to flee.
Now, many months later, amidst the hush of a vacated college dorm during winter break, Marin awaits Mabel's arrival. Their reunion will compel her to confront all that's been left unsaid, to finally grapple with the loneliness that has taken root within her heart.
"We Are Okay" is an intimate whisper that delivers an unforgettable impact, showcasing Nina LaCour at the height of her literary prowess. This exquisitely crafted, candid exploration of grief will stir a profound desire to bridge any distance and reconnect with the cherished individuals in your life.
Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
"The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People" is a theatrical masterpiece penned by Oscar Wilde. This uproarious play made its debut on the stage at the St James's Theatre in London on Valentine's Day in 1895. Within its farcical narrative, the characters adopt fictitious identities to elude the weight of their social obligations. Operating within the confines of late Victorian London's societal norms, the play unapologetically satirizes the superficiality with which it regards revered institutions such as marriage.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora Stephens' life revolves around books, a world she has traversed entirely. She doesn't fit the archetype of a typical heroine – not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and certainly not the sweet damsel. The only roles in which Nora plays the hero are those of her clients, for whom she secures significant literary deals, and her cherished younger sister, Libby.
So, when Libby pleads for a sisterly getaway in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina during the month of August, Nora agrees, entertaining the notion of a small-town transformation that Libby envisions. Her sister is convinced that Nora needs to embrace the role of the protagonist in her own narrative. However, instead of idyllic picnics in meadows, chance encounters with a charming country doctor, or charming exchanges with a burly bartender, Nora's path keeps crossing with Charlie Lastra, a bookish and brooding editor from their city life. It could have been a classic meet-cute, were it not for the fact that they've met multiple times before, and it's never been remotely cute.
If Nora is well aware that she's no quintessential heroine, Charlie is equally aware that he's far from anyone's hero. Yet, as fate continues to throw them together in an intriguing series of coincidences, the narratives they've so carefully woven about themselves might just begin to unravel, revealing something unexpected and beautiful.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo's narrative of injustice, heroism, and love delves into the tumultuous journey of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict relentlessly committed to escaping his criminal past. His unwavering efforts to transform into an upstanding member of society face ceaseless threats, from his own moral compass, stirred by a case of mistaken identity that leads to another man's wrongful arrest, to the relentless pursuit of the determined policeman, Javert.
However, Valjean's resolve to stay free extends beyond his own interests. He has solemnly sworn to protect the infant daughter of Fantine, a woman forced into prostitution by the cruel hand of poverty. "Les Misérables" unfolds as a compelling and empathetic portrayal of the unfortunate souls caught in the web of early nineteenth-century French society. This epic novel sweeps across a grand canvas, propelling us through time from the eve of the Battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A stranded pilot in the desolate desert is greeted one morning by an extraordinary sight – a peculiar little visitor. The tiny stranger implores, "Please, draw me a sheep." The pilot realizes that when life's complexities become too bewildering, the only course of action is to embrace the enigma. So, with pencil and paper in hand...
And thus commences this profound and enchanting parable, which imparts the wisdom of life's true priorities. It's a narrative that has left an indelible mark on the world, reshaping the perspectives of its readers.
"The Little Prince," authored by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is not merely a beloved emblem of childhood innocence. It's a best-selling classic adored by both young and mature readers alike around the globe. An ideal choice for children aged 7 and above.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
"The Awakening," initially titled "A Solitary Soul," stands as a literary gem penned by Kate Chopin, and it made its debut in 1899. Set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast in the waning years of the nineteenth century, the story revolves around Edna Pontellier. Her journey is a poignant struggle to harmonize her increasingly unorthodox beliefs regarding femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social norms of the American South during the turn of the century.
The Outsider by Albert Camus
Meursault refuses to play pretend. In the aftermath of his mother's death, his apparent lack of sorrow shocks everyone. Even more confounding is his inexplicable act of violence in Algiers – a man previously seen as law-abiding, committing an unsolicited crime. The perplexing question looms: Why would he, and why doesn't he express remorse, especially when it might save his life?
His unwillingness to conform to society's expectations only compounds his guilt in the eyes of the law. Meursault soon comes to realize that his trial is not merely about his crime but also about his apparent emotional detachment – a response that brands him an outsider. To Meursault, this is an affront to his rationality and a betrayal of his aspirations. For Albert Camus, it embodies the absurdity of existence.
In "The Outsider" (L'Étranger), his timeless work of existentialist literature, Camus delves into the plight of an individual who rejects conformity, willing to confront the universe's indifference with unyielding courage, even if it means standing alone.
Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
The book that initiated the global sensation of finding Wally! Join the quest to locate Wally and his companions as they embark on a worldwide journey – whether on the beach, at a bustling train station, or out at sea. They're cunningly concealed within every intricately crafted scene, and you'll also find a multitude of other intriguing objects to discover.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
"Around the World in Eighty Days" is a timeless adventure novel crafted by the renowned French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. The tale revolves around Phileas Fogg, a Londoner of wealth, and his newly employed French valet, Passepartout. Together, they embark on an audacious journey to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days, all driven by a £20,000 wager – a substantial sum, roughly equivalent to £1.6 million today – proposed by Fogg's acquaintances at the Reform Club. This novel stands as one of Verne's most celebrated works, an iconic piece of literature that continues to captivate readers.
The narrative commences in London on Tuesday, October 1, 1872. Fogg is a prosperous English gentleman known for his solitary existence. Despite his affluence, he leads a life of modesty, strictly adhering to routines governed by mathematical precision. His social life is virtually non-existent, except for his membership at the Reform Club. Following an amusing incident involving a former valet, James Foster, who delivered shaving water at a temperature of 84 °F (29 °C) instead of Fogg's desired 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires a Frenchman named Jean Passepartout as a replacement.
Within the confines of the Reform Club, Fogg becomes embroiled in a debate spurred by an article in The Daily Telegraph, which claims that, with the inauguration of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to journey around the world in a mere 80 days. In response, Fogg willingly accepts a £20,000 wager from his fellow club members. If he successfully completes the circumnavigation within the stipulated timeframe, he will claim the sum – a fortune in its own right. Accompanied by Passepartout, Fogg embarks on his odyssey, departing from London by train at precisely 8:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 1872. He must return to the Reform Club at the exact time 80 days later, on Saturday, December 21, 1872, to claim his prize.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Allow me to introduce you to Eric and Morgan. Born on the very same day, at the exact same hour, in the very same location.
Their lives have always intertwined on this shared day, but as they journey through adolescence, their paths start to diverge. While Eric appears destined for a football scholarship, his true feelings remain concealed. Meanwhile, former quarterback Morgan grapples with solitude, wrestling with the profound decision of living authentically. Both are in the midst of a personal struggle, striving to become the person they know they are meant to be. And who better to aid them on this profound journey than their closest friend?
Narrated through the lens of a single day each year, spanning six years, this tale explores how change can sometimes set people on separate courses... yet also reveals how love possesses the power to draw them back together.
Crush by Richard Siken
Richard Siken's "Crush," honored as the recipient of the 2004 Yale Younger Poets prize, is a compelling anthology of poems fueled by an intense fixation on obsession and love. Siken's verses brim with fervor, propelling the reader relentlessly alongside his emotional journey. His poetry is profoundly confessional, openly embraces his identity as a gay poet, and resonates with both raw intensity and an electric, sensual charge. Within the realm of American poetry, Siken's voice resounds with remarkable distinctiveness.
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Garrard Conley, the son of a Baptist pastor deeply rooted in the small-town church life of Arkansas, grappled with fear and inner conflict regarding his sexuality from a young age. When Garrard, a nineteen-year-old college student, was involuntarily exposed to his parents, he faced a life-altering choice. He had to decide between succumbing to a church-endorsed conversion therapy program that pledged to "cure" his homosexuality, or risk losing his family, friends, and the God he had faithfully prayed to every day.
Enrolled in an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavily steeped in Bible study, he was meant to emerge from it as a heterosexual, declared "ex-gay," purged of impure desires, and fortified in his faith. However, rather than conforming, even when confronted with an agonizing and grueling odyssey, Garrard summoned the strength and self-awareness to break free in pursuit of his genuine identity and the forgiveness he longed for.
By directly confronting his concealed past and the weight of a life spent in the shadows, Garrard unveils the intricate dynamics that exist among family, faith, and community. "Boy Erased" is a profoundly moving account, at times heart-wrenching, at times uplifting, serving as a testament to the enduring power of love that perseveres against all odds.
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
In this poignant YA memoir-cum-manifesto, we accompany journalist and LGBTQ+ advocate George M. Johnson on a personal journey through their early years, adolescence, and college experiences. Their narrative unfolds against the backdrop of the dual identity of being both black and queer.
We delve into their recollections, ranging from the painful memory of losing their teeth to bullies at the tender age of five to their cherished relationship with their grandmother. Their stories encapsulate moments of both triumph and tragedy, addressing an array of critical themes, including gender identity, the corrosive influence of toxic masculinity, the bonds of brotherhood, the dynamics of family, the struggle against inequality, the importance of consent, and the celebration of Black joy.
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
Samra Habib's memoir is a tale brimming with hope, faith, and love. It commences with her upbringing as a member of a vulnerable minority in Pakistan, continues through her arrival in Canada as a refugee, and takes an unexpected turn as she escapes an arranged marriage at the age of sixteen. Discovering her queerness further accentuates the sense of being an outsider.
Thus begins an odyssey that propels her to the far corners of the world, leading her to unearth a truth that had always resided within. It underscores the possibility of queer sexuality coexisting with the Muslim identity and the potential for families to embrace change. "We Have Always Been Here" is a tale of resilience, forgiveness, and liberation, serving as a rallying cry for all those who have grappled with isolation and as a testament to the sheer strength of fearlessly embracing one's genuine self.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Rumi Seto grapples with a multitude of worries, chiefly her lack of answers to life's profound questions – what to eat, where to venture, and whom to cherish. Amidst this uncertainty, one thing is unequivocal: she yearns to spend her lifetime crafting music alongside her younger sister, Lea.
However, when a tragic car accident claims Lea's life, Rumi's world unravels. Her mother, overwhelmed by her own grief, sends Rumi to live with her aunt in Hawaii, far removed from home. In this unfamiliar setting, Rumi must confront the loss of her sister, the abandonment by her mother, and the gaping absence of music in her life. Guided by unexpected sources, including the "boys next door" – Kai, an easygoing teenage surfer whose perpetual smile masks deeper complexities, and George Watanabe, an eighty-year-old grappling with his own grief – Rumi embarks on a quest to rediscover her connection to music, seeking to complete the song that she and Lea were never able to finish.
"Summer Bird Blue" is a heartfelt, potent, and brutally candid exploration of monumental truths, delving into the depths of insurmountable grief, boundless love, and the resilience of forgiveness, even when it appears insurmountable.
ACE by Angela Chen
Have you ever wondered about the nature of sexual attraction and what life is like for those who don't experience it? What insights can asexuality offer regarding gender roles, the dynamics of romance, consent, and the societal pressures we encounter? This accessible exploration of asexuality uncovers that the challenges faced by aces – from the perplexity surrounding sexual activity to the interplay of sexuality and identity and the navigation of diverse relationship needs – are akin to the conflicts experienced by most of us.
Combining elements of investigative reporting, cultural critique, and personal memoir, "Ace" delves into the misconceptions encircling the "A" in LGBTQIA, extending an invitation for all to reconsider the realms of pleasure and intimacy.
There you have it, everything Isaac has read on screen so far in Heartstopper Season 1 and 2. We’ll keep our list updated as new episodes are released. But for now Issac is a character who shows us the power of literature to shape our lives, to help us understand ourselves, and to connect with others on a deeper level. Happy reading, and may you find your own heartstopping moments within the pages of these books!
Thanks for reading "Books In Heartstopper: The Ultimate Isaac Henderson Reading List" on January Media.