Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

by Becky Albertalli


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#1 New York Times bestseller! Goodreads Choice Award for the best young adult novel of the year!

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, 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.

She’s an anomaly in her friend group: 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.

Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062643810
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 26,126
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Becky Albertalli is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera). Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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Leah on the Offbeat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As thesequel to Simon VS the homo sapiens agenda this is WONDERFUL again Becky Albertali brings up contriversial topics in a real place. It really make you wonder. ANY HOMOPHOBES WILL HATE THIS BUT IT ALSO MAY CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Of course this was amazing. I loved being in Leah’s head. I love her snark and sarcasm and RBF. I loved that we got so much Simon and Bram. I loved Leah’s mom. I loved the story and the ending and the Harry Potter references and the Doctor Who reference and the everything. There is not one thing about this that I didn’t love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be yourself. I am young an still figuring out my identity, but so far Iam pansexual. Be who you truly are and dint let anybody tell you otherwise. LGTBQ+ rights are HUMAN RIGHTS. Use the hashtag #loveislove i you agree. <3
Anonymous 6 months ago
this book is the first one that ive read that talkes mostly about bisexuality. its relatable for any bisexual /queer teenager in the modern day. becky albertalli you did it again!!
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JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“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.” Genre: Young Adult Contemporary LGBTQ. Number of Pages: 343. Perspective: First. Location: Atlanta, Georgia. Leah is trying to make it through her last year of high school. She is nervous to come out to her friends as bi-sexual, despite her best friend being openly gay. Let me start off by saying that I LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I even loved the movie version, Love, Simon. So, of course, I was excited to read this, which takes place in the same Simon-verse… I mean universe. But I was disappointed by this one. I didn’t feel that this book had a strong enough concept to keep it afloat. Not much happened. It felt like day-to-day teenager things with a little love story thrown in. I’m sad to say that it felt like a sequel just trying to capitalize on the success of Simon. The characters in Simon were so strong, regardless of how many there were. But they all seemed to fall into caricatures of themselves in Leah. They seemed like completely different characters in this book and had very little development within the story. Side note: this is technically a sequel, but you could read it on its own. You would just be a little confused about who all the characters are. I had to remind myself who everyone was even with just recently reading the first book. With all that said, it is great to see LGBT fiction becoming more popular, especially in young adult. I haven’t seen too many with a bi-sexual main character. Leah does have a great voice as a sassy narrator. And I’m sure teens will love the funny antics of the friends. Full review here: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2018/12/leah-on-offbeat-becky-albertalli.html
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I can always tell when a book will become my favorite. I always have so many updates on Goodreads, I experience all types of feelings as I read, and I always have to find someone that I can fangirl with after I've finished it. And what do you know.... I did just that with this book! It's Leah's senior year and everything is normally going good. But lately her close group of friends is experiencing some turbulence . College and prom are hurtling towards them faster and faster and Leah is swept up in so many feelings along the way. Especially when it involves one person in particular. The number one thing I loved about this book was the characters. I LOVED being back with Simon, Braum, Nick, Leah, and all the others! Leah most of all. She is MY PERSON. So many of the things she said I could definitely identify with and it made the story for me. I loved her sarcastic nature and so many of the things she said and did reminded me of me right now. She's so funny and awkward, and funny, and sarcastic and I loved her character. The romance in this story is also AMAZING. I loved looking at everyone's stories and seeing all the things that made their relationships different. And then when it got to Leah and her romance, I was ALL IN. It was super cute and super awkward. Much like a real teen romance. It will pull on your heartstrings but will leave you in tears from laughing so hard. I also loved the rep in this one. There is some of everyone in this book and IT WAS JUST LIKE THE REAL WORLD. And it made me so happy to see this. I hope more authors are going to write stories like Leah and Simon's. These are the worlds and stories I want to see. (My only qualm was how she treat someone when that someone was questioning. I get it. She had the biggest crush in the world on that person and your feelings were in it, but don't say they can't be something. Guide them to the word they're looking for. Questioning. It seemed harsh to be mad at her for not knowing right away.... And I think I'm only picky about that because I've been there before and that part felt a bit personal to me.) Lastly, Albertalli has the BEST writing style. I got sucked into the world of Creekwood High. Even when the scene was cringe-worthy and I tried my hardest not to get second hand embarrassment lol I connected so much with Leah and it made the story for me. I hope one day we get to see more from Leah's POV. That last chapter was not enough!
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TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Okay, so, I'm going to jump right in and say this book wasn't
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Okay, so, I'm going to jump right in and say this book wasn't
JLeighG More than 1 year ago
Leah on the Offbeat is not what I expected for the sequel of this series. Leah‘s abrasive personality gets in the way of enjoying the book and the other characters. The relationship between Leah and another character seems forced. I just didn’t care for that development. I love that this book made me laugh and cry and that we are able to see the entire gang together again in this book. Also, the book nerd references are fantastic and quite enjoyable. Although this isn’t my favorite book by Becky Albertalli, I still enjoyed Becky’ writing and character development.
Samantha Federico More than 1 year ago
How can a book be capable of making someone laugh until they cry and cry until they smile again? Becky Albertalli must be a sorceress to be able to craft a story so heartfelt and realistic. I felt it in Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but Leah on the Offbeat came like a tidal wave. Leah's progression through the book is admirable, but like all teenagers, she has her faults, and it takes a close friend's breakup to put her own life into perspective. Albertalli's writing is not a breath of fresh air, but a gust of wind on a dry summer day; a force much needed in a land of dry clichés. Leah Burke's story is wrapped up nicely, but I'd love to see the story continue. I've fallen in love with the characters of the Creekwood Universe. I couldn't imagine a different ending.
penpapersalt More than 1 year ago
I'm unabashedly obsessed with Leah Burke. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda bestowed the blessing that is Simon Spier. Truly, that kid is a national treasure. In The Upside of Unrequited we discovered Molly, a gem amongst gay, nerdy gemstones. And then, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, we received the gift of Leah. It feels a little premature to officially name Leah On The Offbeat as my favorite installment of the Simonverse. I binge-read it in about 5 hours. I'm still very close to it. Every new Albertalli is my favorite Albertalli. Maybe I should sleep on it for a bit. At the same time, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite installment of the Simonverse. Now, here are my thoughts about picking your favorite Simonverse: there is no bad Simonverse. There's just the Simonverse that you relate to the most. Becky Albertalli's plot, characterization, and wordsmithing are excellent across the board. Ranking them, to me, is not a discussion of quality, it's a discussion of relatability. I loved Leah on the Offbeat the most because I relate so hardcore to Leah's young adult experience that reading it made me want to jump around and slam dunk things and yell, "AH! YES! AT LAST, IT IS IN WRITING!" Leah blends the identity crisis of the high school senior, the social discomfort of someone who feels like a perpetual outsider even amongst people she's known for years, and the romantic panic of a girl who is afraid to be all of herself and burns thing down the moment they don't work out. It's served to you from the hand of Leah Burke, sarcastic, geeky, drummer queen, who is just as relatable and relevant as Albertalli's previous narrators. If you're wondering, yes, the cast of Simon Vs. returns too. Simon, Bram, Nick, Nora, Abby, Anna, Morgan, even Martin, who gets all the side eyeing he still majorly deserves. There's a musical. There's a dance. There's a road trip. (I'm not sure what else you could want from a YA coming of age story.) If you're worried because you think Leah is abrasive and rude, well - she can be. I'm not going to have the females-don't-have-to-be-nice chat, because at this point, I think it's been hammered home. Leah searches for the same self-discovery and affirmation and belonging that every high school senior craves, but she's also not going to compromise her beliefs or stay quiet when something isn't okay with her. I can't think of a better role model for teen girls to have. There's a lot I want to say. I'm also trying to keep this spoiler free...but friends, the romance is GOLD. SOLID. GOLD. I cannot imagine a better wrap-up to the series. This book hits a lot of home runs, particularly with its bisexual representation. Albertalli has established herself as an ally of the gays. With Leah, she writes such good and true bisexual rep that my biromantic heart nearly burst open with joy. Leah Burke is bisexual, and even when she dates a girl, she remains bisexual. I loved every second I spent with this book, and I'm so excited to actually meet Becky Albertalli at an Epic Reads event in May! Read this if you're seeking books about... LGBTQIA+ experiences, emphasis on bisexual graduating high school/transitioning to college finding yourself within your social group females who stand up for their beliefs