REVIEW : Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (released in 2018 as the smash hit film, Love, Simon), Leah on the Offbeat, and The Upside of Unrequited. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. Becky now lives with her family in Atlanta, where she spends her days writing fiction for young adults.

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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.

“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”


Leah on the Offbeat is a sequel to Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda, except this book is about his best friend Leah. Ok, let´s be honest, Simon IS ( or WAS ) my favorite book of all time, but Leah… OMG… New addition to my “all time favorites” list. Possibly new #1 all time favorite. Becky Albertalli has written amazing, funny and heartwarming book about friendship, love, high school relationships and drama. And she stole my heart again. Well done, Becky. Are you happy now?

This was a great read! I adored this book just as much as I did the first time ( with Simon ) and I read it in one sitting, again. This book is everything I had hoped for.

  • Penguin
  • Published 3rd May 2018
  • 368 Pages
  • 129mm x 198mm x 22mm
  • 255g
  • Read more at Penguin


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