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Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★

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.

Four years after the release of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Leah, Simon and the whole gang are back and about to graduate, go off to college and attend prom – plenty of daunting and exciting experiences all at the same time. The actual storyline wasn’t too complex as it mostly revolved around the character’s relationships but it was still a fantastic book as the relationships were really the driving force behind the book at a turning point of their teenage lives. Leah is my Slytherin soul-mate and I need more of this book. After Simon’s book did so fantastically in cinemas I was definitely picturing how perfect this book will be on the big screen if the same actors reprise their roles too.

This book started off slow at first but by the middle of the book I never wanted it to end and by the last few chapters I was dreading turning the page and coming to the final page. Leah, her friends and her romantic interest were all so damn adorable especially with all of the perfectly lovely romantic stuff. I expected what would happen between the two characters from the start but I was so pleased with how it all came together and it was all so totally sweet and swoon-worthy. They are just too damn perfect in the imperfect way and I love them even more than I loved Simon and his romantic interest.

“I dare you to kiss me.”

I loved how emotional this book was because Leah likes to act all tough but really inside she’s bursting with the love for a certain person. It was surprising how much they both grew over the book and it was perfect that they actually had to work through first admitting what was going on, getting the courage to pursue each other and then the fallout of a few hiccups along the way. Luckily, Leah had her adorable best friend Simon and they both sorted out their dramas together and made this book even better! I smiled so much throughout this book and really laughed out loud at all the hilarity and truly embarrassing teen moments that make you want to hide in a blanket fort. Becky Albertalli brings it back better than ever with another book that gets it all right.

(Thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for a copy of this book for an honest review. Leah on the Offbeat is out now in stores and online!)

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