Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli

“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. For a complete summary, you can go here.

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. I think it is still worth a read if you are a fan of young adult contemporary. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“I swear, people can’t wrap their minds around the concept of a fat girl who doesn’t diet. Is it that hard to believe I might actually like my body?”

3/5 Stars

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