Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars


Synopsis

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.


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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.


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What if it’s us by Becky Alberalli and Adam Silvera

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Title: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 448
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthurtries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?


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*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

WOW!! I FREAKING LOVED IT!! This book was so amazing! I smiled so much while reading.This story is adorable, and it’s so sweet.The character’s were realistic and refreshing,even the side character’s were really well developed. I was sooo excited when I found out Becky and Adam were writing a book together, and it was everything I thought it would be.There’s love,humor,awkwardness and some angst.Also this book has great representation, and diverse character’s.

Arthur is a boy from Georgia who is spending his summer in NYC working as an intern at his mother’s law firm. I love him soo much. He is a theater nerd referencing Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton multiple times during this book which made my fan girl heart soar. Arthur has never had a boyfriend before, so we get to see him have his first relationship and it’s so adorable. He is just to precious.

Ben is a light skinned Puerto Rican stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend Hudson.He is heart broken when he first meets Arthur at the post office and doesn’t  stick around. His family dynamics is so sweet, his parents are super supportive.

Dylan has to be hands down the greatest best friend ever!  He dose not shy away from joking around or being close with Ben. He is supportive and kind, every scene with him just melted my heart.

There romance is just so pure,they fanboy over Harry Potter,Hamilton and the Sims together. I felt it was really relatable, there relationship wasn’t perfect but they talked about things and worked on it together.

I Highly recommend this book !! This  book was everything I hoped for and more.


I am now motivated to pick up Adam’s other books !!!


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