Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Rating: 3 Stars
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in
this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT picks up where SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA left off, Leah on the Offbeat follows Leah during her senior year. She is bisexual but she
is not out to any of her friends.I’m so excited that I got to read this book so soon after the release date to not be influenced by other reviews. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the world building as it’s a contemporary,but I love how its connected to Becky’s other novels.This is a book that is a very character driven novel, it is not plot driven at all.I loved seeing Simone and Bram together, ahh it’s so cute!!! After a week of thought, I’ve decided to lower my rating from a 4 to a 3.
Leah is a fantastic character,as a heavier girl I love how confident she is with her body.In this book we got so much more insight into her character than we got in Simone. I really connected with the anxiety she felt even in her friend group. But I feel as if she didn’t go through a huge character growth as I would have liked. However I felt that she was a difficult character to empathize with at times. She was really mean to her friends and her crush without being provoked. Leah also “Bi” shames her crush, which is a hard no for me. Leah hasn’t come out to her friends herself yet that she is bi-sexual so for her to criticize her crush for being confused about her sexuality was really hypocritical of Leah. She goes through very little character development and this is why I have decided to lower my rating.
Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.