Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

eBook - 2018
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p_h
Nov 10, 2020

This book takes place during Leah’s senior year, with prom, graduation, and college drawing closer. Leah is just trying to figure out her life, and she begins to develop feelings for someone. I really loved reading about Leah’s friends again and what they were doing, and the dialogue was hilarious. I also liked Leah’s confidence. However, she’s selfish and rude and doesn’t really do much to change. This wasn’t as good as the first book in the series, but I still enjoyed it! Age: 13+

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tigerlily898
Aug 11, 2020

After reading Simon vs. Homo Sapiens I really wanted to continue in that world, and I will say I loved the first book more than this book. Leah gives us a fresh perspective in this world and what she is going through. The writing could have been a little cleaner as there was some repetitive places, but on the whole this book is a fun read and I enjoyed it.

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devanshi_bhargava
Jul 30, 2020

Leah Burke is great at keeping on beat - at least when it comes to drumming. With senior year in high school, smooth sailing proves just a little too difficult. She has always been the outsider of the group, the daughter of a young, single mother in a neighborhood that perhaps isn't as posh as the rest of her peers. While Leah knows who she is, she finds it harder to broadcast that fact to the rest of the world, whether it be her body-image, her artistic talent, or even her sexuality. When her friend group begins to fracture in a way she couldn't have imagined - so close to senior prom and graduation - everything feels just a little offbeat. As one of her friends tries to come to terms with their discovered sexuality, Leah must face feelings she thought she had buried long ago.
I did thoroughly enjoy this book. The style in which the author wrote, using first person and appropriate vocabulary for the age of the character, accurately helped me as a reader get into Leah's head, and it was almost as if I could hear her voice reciting her thoughts to me. It made the story engaging and fun to see the events unfold from the perspective of the high schooler. It's lighthearted tone makes it a good read for those simply looking for a fun summertime book and accurately describes the melancholy feeling that comes with friendships and relations drifting apart and evolving.
However, the language used in this book, as it is being narrated by a senior in high school, tends to utilize quite a bit of vulgar language and also includes underage drinking. Although there are no explicit or implied sexual scenes, the kissing and makeout descriptions tend to be rather thorough, including conversations containing sexual references. Despite these few shortcomings, I believe that this novel serves to effectively educate readers on bisexuality and LGBTQA+ youth culture, specifically the journey of coming out and coming to terms with yourself. It also provides some insight into body-image issues and the drama and emotions around getting into college. It is a great book to read when you are looking for something humorous and easy, and I would certainly read it again.

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Lizarella
Apr 06, 2020

I LOVED Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I was thrilled to learn that there was a second book exploring Leah's perspective. The book is a good read but it definitely does not have the same magic as Simon. The ending romance didn't quite feel authentic. I might have enjoyed this more if I hadn't just finished the first book.

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Sophia_Mac
Jan 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It played with the anxiety of going away to college and leaving everything that you know behind and choosing to do what you want to do. It furthers Simon and Bram’s Story while giving more information on everyone else. I LOVE LEAH.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, so I was thrilled when I found out the author was publishing a book highlighting another character introduced in the first of the Creekwood series.

Leah was a character I enjoyed very much in Simon’s book, and I was excited to get to know her better. Leah’s character is self-assured and opinionated, and she loves her appearance, despite the fact that her body type does not adhere to traditional standards of beauty. She is confident in just about every aspect of herself, except her sexuality and her art. Leah is a very talented artist, but she is reluctant to show her deeply personal work to the people in her life. Perhaps she is worried that it will be revealing of the secret she has been harboring from her friends…her bisexuality.

Based on the description above, I should love Leah, but once inside her head, I actually found her to be a bit obnoxious. To make matters worse, many situations in the book made me cringe, because Leah was outright rude or inconsiderate to the people around her. By the end of the book, I was not her biggest fan.

The romance between Leah and another character was also very problematic. Her love interest came off extremely flat and the chemistry just wasn’t there. The story also does not address any blowback that would have undoubtedly occurred if the romance progressed the way it did in the book. It was extremely unrealistic and disappointing when the author jumped over any inevitable falling out and just included a “happy ending” epilogue to gloss it all over.

Despite my disdain for this book, the performer did a great job with her narration. I would give her a higher star rating than the book itself if I could.

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nsfvancouver
Aug 09, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed Leah on the Offbeat. It was hilarious from beginning to end and a pretty easy read (which I appreciate). It seemed to be a very "unfiltered" account of a bisexual teenager's life and it was nice seeing some LGBTQ+ representation that wasn't either overly sexualized or very stereotypical. It was a shorter read and it seemed (to me at least) that compared to 'Simon and the Homosapien Agenda' it had "less of a plot" - still fun & a great read, but less substantial. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who wants a funny, quick read.

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susi007
Jul 08, 2019

I read love Simon and it was really nice to go back to the Same characters. The author does a really good job portraying senior year angst and the struggle of thinking you are not good enough.

I like the fact that this author includes LGBT people and characters in this story, it makes it more realistic and true to our modern world.
-Lori, age 13

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KEFaith
Jan 11, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was a great portrayal of the struggles of a bisexual girl trying to navigate love, life and highschool without losing friends or missing opportunities.

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cannotbeheard
Jan 03, 2019

Leah had some annoying traits and a little too much stubbornness. Other than that, I thought it was a fun and silly book.

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Linyarai
Nov 09, 2018

I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it was a typical teen prom drama, but I got sucked in.

Banks_SusanC Oct 02, 2018

It's probably weird that I didn't read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda first. But I didn't. This works as a standalone, but it took me a while to get all the names straight. I love the humor in this book and the portrayal of bisexual teenager that doesn't involve cheating! Leah is a fun character to spend some time with.

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susan_findlay
Sep 16, 2018

Albertalli does an excellent job writing with a voice that sounds like a genuine teenager. I read this book because it was the sequel to Simon vs. The Homosapien Agena, which I enjoyed a lot. This book felt a bit more strongly targeted to a teenage audience than the first. (I am old enough to be these characters' mother.) It focused primarily on teenage romantic feelings (whereas Simon also had drama relating to "will he be outed?" "how will he deal with that?") which may be why it didn't resonate with me quite as much.

Nevertheless, for the target audience, I suspect it's a great book. It's well written. It explores a girl dealing with feelings for a friend that she "shouldn't" have feelings for (because it might mess up the dynamics in their circle of friends) and, like Simon, dealing with when/if she should come out.

liljables Aug 20, 2018

Is it possible for an author to write fanfiction of their own writing? If so, Leah on the Offbeat is 100% Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda fanfic. It's a quick, easy read that ticks several of those satisfying diversity boxes (bisexual representation, a female/female romance, a non-binary character), and it captures beautifully the angst of graduating high school and leaving home for the first time. Ultimately, though, this is a case where the sequel pales in comparison to the original.

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Needlz
Aug 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this one! Up until the second to last chapter that is. The ending felt so rushed and just laid it on so darn thick. I rolled my eyes at least 3 times and said "We got it, Albertalli." Other than the last few pages, I cried, I laughed out loud and I hugged the book tightly to my chest when it was over.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

This was such an anticipated book for millions of Simonverse fans. For me, not so much. Not because I didn’t love Simon’s story, but because the ending was so satisfactory. Leah was a great character in Simon’s book, but in this one, I couldn’t help hating her. I also hated Abby. So, you can imagine how it was torture to read their forced scenes together. There was only one thing to love, and that was Becky’s writing style. Her crafted friendships made the ending a success; but definitely not because of Abby and Leah. Rating 2/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeJennieB Jul 18, 2018

Leah has the ability to rub both readers and the characters in the book the wrong way, because she is a teenage girl, with a mind of her own. Leah has opinions, sometimes not very popular ones, or ones that might offend people, so that's what I think some readers find difficult about her character. I however; think it shows Leah's humanity and her fallibility . She's very aware that she sometimes rubs people the wrong way, and as Abby says, she can be "terrifying" sometimes. I delighted in this story, and its oh so realistic teenagers.

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njwillso
Jul 15, 2018

This story follows Leah (from Love Simon) as she struggles to deal with friends, family, and relationships, all the while trying to understand herself and her own sexuality. Although I didn’t connect with any of the characters (however, I did like sweet & awkward Garret) I love how the book offers young boys and girls a safe place, in letting them know they’re not alone. Be comfortable in your own skin, and embrace who you are. Surround yourself with good people who love and support you, leave behind those who don’t. Take chances, and regret nothing.

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Vista05
Jul 03, 2018

I liked this book and finished it pretty quickly. I didn't like it as much as Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda but I still liked it. I would recommend it to most people.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 28, 2018

Overall, I did not find this book to be as strong as Simon or Love Unrequited. Which was fairly disappointing as Leah is a pretty strong character. There were a couple of half-formed plot points that I would have preferred to have explored over the forced love interest that was chosen to drive this story.

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 01, 2018

Leah, Simon and the whole gang are back and about to graduate, go off to college and attend prom - plenty of daunting and exciting experiences all at the same time. The actual storyline wasn’t too complex as it mostly revolved around the character’s relationships but it was still a fantastic book as the relationships were really the driving force behind the book at a turning point of their teenage lives. I smiled so much throughout this book and really laughed out loud at all the hilarity and truly embarrassing teen moments that make you want to hide in a blanket fort. Becky Albertalli brings it back better than ever with another book that gets it all right.

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JacquelynBibb
May 31, 2018

Never before have I experienced the joy of reading such a well worded story about the beauty of a romantic relationship between girls. It absolutely magnified me to this book; for not only does this book contribute well to the Simonverse, it also builds suspense about the conclusion. But be warned: This book definitely causes confusion because the characters' expressions are so welled discribed, yet their true feelings aren't revealed completely that you feel just as agitated as Leah.

But only an amazing author like Becky Albertalli can accomplish this. I can't wait until her next book, combined with Adam Silvera. -What If It's us


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