July 26, 2018

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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I've raved about Becky's other two books, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited, on this blog before, so I knew I would fall just as in love with her newest release, Leah on the Offbeat. This story is technically a sequel to Simon vs., only focusing primarily on Leah instead.

In this story, bisexual Leah is struggling with her love life. Her head is telling her one thing, while her heart is telling her another, and the outcome could be magical or a complete disaster. As Leah and her friends prepare for prom, graduation, and then college, they all have to make some tough decisions, and the reality that they are all going their separate ways hits them hard.

Leah is actually my favorite person on the planet. Her wit and sarcasm coupled with her hidden insecurities is literally me in fiction form. I really related with how she hid her insecurities with cynicism as it is much easier to act like you don't care than to reveal that you really do. There was one instance of racism in this book, and I appreciated how Leah called it out and handled the situation rather than letting it go. I loved getting to know her and some of the other Creekwood characters more. And the ending of this book was just perfect!

This time I chose to physically read the book, even though I opted for the audio versions for Becky's other books. Not sure why, although I think it might have had something to do with how inviting this cover was, I just wanted to own it! Now I obviously have to pick up physical copies of the other two to have the complete set.

I'm really anxious to know if there will be more books in this series, maybe following Abby, Nick, or Bram. I sure hope there are, because this is a cast of characters I never want to let go of! Also, this better get a movie

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

12 comments:

Jo Linsdell said...

I've not read any of these books yet but feel like I should. I've heard such good things about all 3 of them. Leah sounds like an awesome character.

Jordanne said...

I've heard so much about this author and I have her Simon book waiting on my shelf, I really need to get to it soon! Great review :)

Amanda McGill said...

Great review!

Christine G said...

Loved your review! I’ve yet to read any of Becky’s books..... I know, >_< Are you excited for her collab with Adam Silvera?

Bookworms Corner said...

Great review. I have seen such incredibly mixed reviews about this book. This really does seem to be like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.

Erin @ The Inky Bookworm said...

I loved Leah from Simon. I really related to her then and I am really looking forward to reading this.

DJ Sakata said...

Glad you liked it, this one seems to be getting mixed reviews

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

I loved Simon so much and I wanted to love Leah and the Offbeat, but I felt it was missing something (but again that is only compared to my 5 star feeling for Simon). You are correct that Albertalli has created a crew of likeable characters that you want more of.

Book Ink Reviews said...

Aww this one looks SO good. Thanks for giving me another one to add to my ever-growing TBR list.

Whispering Stories said...

It's nice to see a good review of this book, as I've seen so many negative ones. Great review.

Karla Strand said...

Another positive review of this book! Really gonna have to try to read it!

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I've been hearing mix reviews about this book but I do really want to check it out hopefully soon. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.