Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

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"[In this book], we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062643803
Characteristics: 343, 15 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Leah on the off beat


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When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. 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 ... Read More »

This sequel to the beloved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda focuses on Simon’s best friend Leah. She’s different from her friends, being raised by a single mom without a lot of money, and only Simon knows that she’s bisexual, but this drummer will surely find her beat.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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