Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

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When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. She's an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mum and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mum 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.
Publisher: London : 2018. Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9780241331057
Branch Call Number: YF ALBE

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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... Read More »


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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.

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