How are you all? Are you also melting from the heat? I can’t stand temperatures over 25°C . That’s way too hot for me! What about you guys do you like the summer temperatures or do you prefer seasons like autumn and spring? I know that I do prefer spring and autumn over summer and winter!
But, this is not the discussion of the day. Today I’m going to talk about Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I enjoyed reading it! And without further ado, let’s start with the review.
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.
Author – Becky Albertalli
Title – Leah on the Offbeat
Publisher – Balzer + Bray
Publication date – April 24th, 2018
Pages – 368
Price – 14.78$ (kindle)
Series – Creekwood #2
Version – Paperback
Genre – Contemporary (LGBTQIA+ / Young Adult)
Trigger Warning – racism, bi & homophobia (all of these were challenged!)
Language – English
My Rating – 📖📖📖📖📖
I bought this book the day I’ve watched Love, Simon at the cinema in my country. I nearly squealed when I saw Leah on the Offbeat in the only english bookstore in my country. If you’ve read my review of Simon vs. you probably know that I freaking loved that book and that I’ve read that one in one sitting. The only thing I don’t know is why I didn’t give that one five stars because now (after rethinking my judgement back then) I would definitely give Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda five stars. I honestly don’t know why I “only” gave it 4.5 stars. Nevertheless, we are not here to discuss my critical thinking of the first book. We are here to talk about the second book which was also amazing by the way. I really liked it and there is honestly not much that I didn’t like. But before I start with the actual review, I’m going to link the review of Simon vs. down below so that you can look at that review in case you haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. This review should technically be spoiler-free. I’m only going to talk about the things I liked and the ones I didn’t. Which means that I’m not going to go into details. So if you haven’t read the first book don’t worry you won’t get spoiled. If you do prefer to not read this review because you haven’t read the first book in this “duology”, that’s totally fine as well!
# What I liked
First of all, I was so happy to be able to get to know more about Simon and his crew. I know this book is about Leah Burke but hey I loved Simon and I was so excited to know that there was going to be a sequel. And Leah is a major part of Simons life, she is his best friend. So I was also happy to get to know more about her. This being said, this sequel to Simon Vs. definitely lived up to my expectations. It was as amazing as the first book and this time I did take my time with it! I didn’t read it in one sitting! This ladies and gentlemen is an improvement. I usually devour the sequels to books I’ve loved. Leah on the Offbeat was funny, hilarious and sometimes I wanted to cry. I could relate to some parts of the story, which probably made me have tears by reading some parts.
Next thing I liked was having Leah as the main character in this book. The author could have chosen any other character, like Nick or Abbie but she took Leah and I found this choice of character quite interesting. We got more background on everything that happened in Creekwood. Especially the cute facts about Simon! Leah is kind of difficult to explain. She feels different like the others, get’s annoying in this book and can’t stop criticizing everyone else. Even though she got on my nerves a lot, the book helped me understand her point of view. (I have to say she didn’t always make the wisest choices!)
# What I disliked
The main thing I didn’t like in Leah on the Offbeat was Leah being judgy. Sometimes she was right but most of the times she was simply annoying.
# Favourite Character
I suppose that this is not going to be a surprise. I loved Simon!!! And maybe Abbie as well. I didn’t like her that much in Simon vs. She was definitely more likeable in Leah on the Offbeat or I probably liked her much better because I’ve read the Upside of Unrequited (review is in the works) and oh boy I feel like that was a whole different person than in Simon vs.
Overall, Leah on the Offbeat was a great read with a main character who is far from being perfect. Like I would say, a main character who left the impression of being a real person. I’d recommend it to fans of the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda book and especially to all the other book lovers. We all need more diversity in our lives!
Have you read Leah on the Offbeat? Did you like it or do you plan on reading it soon? Please let me know in the comments below!
The cover and synopsis come from their respective Goodreads page!
Here is my review of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda. (Please bear with me, the review is one of my first and far from being good! 😅)