Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Leah Burke is an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom; 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. When her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways, it's hard for Leah to strike the right note. And with prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. If only real life was as rhythmic as her drumming...
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062643803
0062643800
Branch Call Number: YF ALBER-B
Characteristics: 343 pages, 15 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Leah on the off beat

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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

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