All 10 Alice Oseman Books in Order Including Novellas and Graphic Novels

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Alice Oseman is an author of young adult fiction, best known for her graphic novel series Heartstopper. Her novels tell stories about present-day teenage ups and downs of everyday life in the UK. She helps the younger generations by writing about topics that have been skipped in the past, like mental health, sexuality, and eating disorders, among many others.

Alice Oseman got her first publishing deal at only seventeen. She not only writes novels, but she is also a talented illustrator, and she illustrates her own graphic novels. She has received many awards for her work, the most notable being the Inky Awards, which recognizes high-quality young adult literature voted by teen readers. In this article, we are going to list all of Oseman’s books in order.

How many Alice Oseman books are there?

There are 4 novels, 2 novellas, and 4 graphic novels, which makes it 10 books in total. She published her first novel, Solitaire, in 2014. Oseman’s last published work is the Heartstopper: Volume 4 graphic novel that came out in 2021.

Alice Oseman books in order (at a glance)

Alice Oseman first published Solitare, a novel about Victoria Spring. In that novel, we hear about her brother Charlie Spring, who later appears as the main character in the Heartstopper series. So, let’s see in which order Oseman’s books came out:

Novels:

  1. Solitaire (2014)
  2. Radio Silence (2016)
  3. I Was Born for This (2018)
  4. Loveless (2020)

Novellas:

  1. Nick and Charlie (2015)
  2. This Winter (2015)

Graphic novels:

  1. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2019)
  2. Heartstopper: Volume 2 (2019)
  3. Heartstopper: Volume 3 (2020)
  4. Heartstopper: Volume 4 (2021)

In 2022, a Netflix adaptation of the first and second volumes of the Heartstopper graphic novel was released. It gained massive popularity, and it received praise both from fans and critics. It has already been renewed for a second and a third season.

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What is the best way to read Alice Oseman’s books?

The best way to read the book is in chronological order. All books take place in the same universe, and if you read the books in chronological order, it is easier to follow the plot, which gets more mature and serious which each new book. There are three standalone books that aren’t connected, and they don’t feature Nick and Charlie, but they feature some other characters as they take place in the same universe and on the same timeline.

Alice Oseman books in order (chronologically)

1. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2018, graphic novel)

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Synopsis: Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The last couple of months were hell for Charlie, and after he was outed, the bullying was relentless. But, finally, it looks like the bullies have moved on. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 at the same school, and he plays on the school’s rugby team. After they are seated together in a class, they become fast friends, and it looks like maybe love is on the rise.

2. Heartstopper: Volume 2 (2019, graphic novel)

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Synopsis: Charlie and Nick look like, unlike, best friends who are inseparable. The whole school knows Charlie is a gay nerd, and the whole school Nick is a tough, straight rugby player. In this volume, we find out if love can beat all the odds.

3. Heartstopper: Volume 3 (2020, graphic novel)

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Synopsis: Nick and Charlie are finally enjoying their relationship, and they are doing it in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris. But it looks like their friends don’t have it all figured out. Elle and Tao have to figure out their feelings, and it looks like the teachers have a romance of their own brewing.

4. Heartstopper: Volume 4 (2021, graphic novel)

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Synopsis: Charlie and Nick are going strong, and Charlie is feeling ready to say the three magic little words. But Nick has a lot on his plate, first and foremost coming out to his dad. And the fact that he has to take care of Charlie doesn’t make things easier. This issue of Heartstopper briefly covers Solitaire without getting into the main plot.

5. This Winter (2015, novella)

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Synopsis: Tori, Charlie, and Oliver are siblings. This holiday season, the only thing their family can talk about is Charlie, whose bad habits put him in danger and hurt his family and Nick even worse.

6. Solitaire (2014, novel)

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Synopsis: Victoria Spring likes to sleep and write a blog. She just to have friends. But, now, after everything she has gone through with Charlie, and before all the A-levels and uni applications. This is not a love story. This is a dark story about struggles with mental illness.

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7. Nick and Charlie (2015, novella)

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Synopsis: Nick is leaving for university. Will his and Charlie’s relationship stand the test of time? Well, everyone knows first love doesn’t last forever.

8. Radio Silence (2016, novel)

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Synopsis: Frances is ready to sacrifice all to get what she wants- a ticket to an elite university. But her plans will fall into second place when she meets Aled, a shy genius from her favorite podcast. All the secrets will come to the secrets, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is being true to yourself really the only way to happiness?

9. I Was Born for This (2018, novel)

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Synopsis: Angel Rahimi lives for The Ark, a teenage pop-rock trio. Being in the fandom gave her friends and a place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci is The Ark’s frontman. He owes everything to the band as well. What will happen when Angel’s and Jimmy’s paths unexpectedly cross?

10. Loveless (2020, novel)

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Synopsis: This is one of the most candid young adult books you will ever come across. It tells a story about Georgia, a fanfic-obsessed romantic, who has never been in love, never kissed anyone, and never even had a crush. But, even when she moves to university, things don’t really change when it comes to life. There are some new terms about her sexuality being thrown at her. But are those terms true, or is she just destined to remain loveless?

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Where to read Alice Oseman’s books?

All ten books are available to purchase in any bigger bookstore worldwide, or they can be ordered online. Of course, you can find all the books in their Kindle version. All books, except the Heartstopper graphic novels, are available as audiobooks on Audible. Since the Heartstopper series started out as a webcomic, all issues are available to read online on Tumblr, Tapas, or Webtoon.

Do you need to read Alice Oseman’s books in order?

You don’t have to read the books in order. Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless are standalone novels, and they can be read in any order. This Winter and Nick and Charlie are spin-off novellas connected with Solitaire and Heartstopper, but they can still be enjoyed if you haven’t read any other connected book. Oseman says that even though The Heartstopper series and Solitaire have some of the same characters and take place within the same universe/timeline, it doesn’t matter in which order you read them. But, a pro tip is that you read Solitaire, after the Heartstopper graphic novels, as you can get to know the characters better as the story matures from a happy love story to a dark story about mental illness.

Are Alice Oseman’s books connected?

Yes, all Alice Oseman’s books are connected. All the stories take place in the same universe on a shared timeline. They share characters and have some overlapping plots. But, Oseman wanted to make her book timeless, so they don’t take place in any specific year.

Will there be more Alice Oseman books?

Yes, there is a new book coming very soon! Heartstopper: Volume 5 comes out in January 2023, and it will be the final chapter in the Heartstopper saga. In April 2022, Oseman announced that she was going on a hiatus for an unknown period of time. She told the fans she has been “suffering from burnout and intense stress for many years.” We wish her all the best, and we hope she returns to writing in her own time. Her impact on many young people’s lives is undeniable, and we know there are a lot of great things yet to come from Alice Oseman.

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