Title: Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publish Date: April 24, 2018 by Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
# of Pages: 352
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(From Goodreads) 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.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli takes you back to Creekwood, where you get to rejoin Simon Spier, Leah Burke, and all of their friends. This novel is all about Leah–you get an inside look into what’s she’s thinking and feeling as she explores her bisexuality.
I really enjoyed this book! While I didn’t find it as immediately engaging as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, it was sweet and charming in its own right. The writing was superb. When reading it, you feel fully immersed in the high school experience. The pacing was good. Whether it’s a witty retort or panicking over a kiss, Leah is always up to something.
The plot development was nicely done. The events unfold slowly, and you’re really not sure which direction the novel is going to go. I wasn’t sure who Leah was going to end up with, and I wasn’t sure if she would ever tell her friends about her bisexuality. Leah didn’t seem to have as much internal turmoil as Simon did in his book. She seemed more comfortable with who she is. While there’s still a fair amount of angst in Leah on the Offbeat, it wasn’t quite the drama-fest that Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was.
The ending was sweet and wrapped up the story nicely. It ended on a positive note, which is always nice. The last chapter makes you feel good about how everything turned out.
The characters in the book were quirky and complex. Admittedly I didn’t like Leah quite as well in this book as I did in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. While I really enjoyed the book, I thought Leah was a hard character to like. She has a chip on her shoulder and a grudge against the world. A lot of times she comes off as an unlikeable jerk, and some of her comments were needlessly rude. Regardless, she’s still an interesting character, and her character was well-written.
If you enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and are itching to get back to Creekwood, then pick up Leah on the Offbeat. I’m glad I pre-ordered this book, and I highly recommend it to others.
Have you read Leah on the Offbeat? How did you like it compared to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda?
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