Publication: April 24th 2018 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
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.
Leah on the Offbeat was a quick easy read. I flew through it in one day. That being said though I was a bit disappointed with it.
I am a huge fan of Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda so I was over the moon when I heard we were getting a second book with my favourite characters but I was disappointed with it. I didn't get that giddy feeling I got with Simon, I was expecting to be smiling and laughing and gushing at all the cute adorable moments but I wasn't. As I was reading I felt like I was reading fan fiction. The story just didn't live up to what I know Becky Albertalli can write.
The plot was very weak, as in there was none. It took me a good 100 pages to get into the story and even then I wasn't hooked.
I loved Leah in Simon so I was so excited to read a full book all about her. Surprisingly I ended up not liking her much while reading. I found her to be very related in some ways (she draws fan art of percabeth and Nina and Inej and reads Drarry) but she is also an awful person. Her constant lying, negativity and cursing drove me mad, she was also rude to others and was just a pretty bad friend overall. I feel bad saying it because there are parts of her that I see myself in but she was a very unlikable main character and not the Leah we got in Simon.
The romance also brought my opinion of this book down. It just didn't make sense to me at all. I was so confused when I realised what direction we were going in. I didn't feel any chemistry between Leah and her love interest and it just felt out of the blue given what we know about her in Simon. There was no cutesy moments that had me gushing and I just couldn't believe that they two characters liked each other. It felt like fanfiction. The relationship was very odd and I was rooting for it or invested at all.
The best thing about this book was seeing Simon and Bram being all cute and coupley! They were so adorable and I loved any time they had page time!
Overall I had a weird reading experience with Leah on the Offbeat, I felt like what I was reading wasn't canon, and therefore couldn't believe what was happening.
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