Leah On The Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliLeah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah On The Offbeat

byBecky Albertalli

Hardcover | April 24, 2018

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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.

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
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Title:Leah On The OffbeatFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062643800

ISBN - 13:9780062643803

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Beat and On Point Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli - Looks like: Softie with Attitude - Sounds like: a drum solo that is the entire song (a rare beauty) - Tastes like: waffles, so many waffles - Smells like: music rooms, pencil shavings, and friends’ cars - Feels like: looking in a personality mirror
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so fricking surprising (in the best was possible) in the first book, i wasn't a huge fan of leah so i wasn't expecting to adore this book. little did i know it was one of my favourite books ever and just made me feel SO good! i love love love this sequel and 100% recommend you all read it.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved Simon, did not love this While I adored Simon Vs, I did not adore Leah. It just wasn't as good as I was expecting. I was still entertained and liked revisiting the world of Creekwood, but overall I didn't really buy into the whole story or something. It was still okay though.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great follow-up to Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda! I went into this not sure what to expect, because Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda was just so good, but I have to say, this book was pretty fun to read! Leah's character can be frustrating at times but she was also very relatable in some ways, so seeing her story unfold was sweet. Plus it was so fun seeing the aftermath of the first book, even with Simon as just a side character this time!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read It was a good sequel to Simon vs. and it was nice to get the point of view of Leah, although at times in the book she was kind of annoying
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! I love this book!!! It has amazing representation, for Slytherins, fat girls, and bisexuals, and just everything about this book was great!!! I loved everything about it!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved simon vs. so it was really cool to be immersed in that world again!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... I loved Simon vs. and was so excited to get into Leah's head. She is snarky and sarcastic but I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Great continuation of the world Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda started. Reading this book was such a pleasure. It made me laugh. It was so adorable. It was great to see the gang again, especially Simon and Bram (They were BEYOND CUTE!), and to get to know Leah more. Leah is far from being perfect, she can be downright mean, but I loved seeing her inner thoughts and understanding her. I think it’s great to have a narrator who isn’t perfect but that we can still relate to and enjoy (and I really enjoyed her narration because she was FUN-NY). Talking about relatable. Wow! It’s my first time reading from the point of view of a fat teen who’s main struggle isn’t her weight. It was so refreshing! You could clearly see that it was something she still had trouble with, but her life didn’t revolve around it and I loved that. One of my favorite scenes was the one where she was shopping with her mom for her prom dress because I could see so much of my own experience. What stood out to me the most was how authentic and believable the characters were. I hate reading about teenagers who were clearly written by adults who have never met a teen in this century. But this is definitely not that! The characters are fun but flawed. I love how Becky gave Leah a distinct voice that can really stand apart from Simon. I think the expectations from most are too high for this book. We’ve all loved Simon vs so much and for many it’s changed our lives, so I think we’re asking for that same feeling for this book. But we can’t get that because we can’t replace the feeling of that first time (does that make sense...?). So go into this book with an open heart and just enjoy the ride. It probably won’t change your life, but you’ll have a great time.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and loved Leah's character in it, so I was excited to see she got her own book! I still loved her personality; she's frustrating at times, and hard on the world, but she's also funny and bright... and she just feels real. The story is what I had the real issue with. I liked some of the initial premises and discoveries, but it didn't feel real enough later on. I've heard someone describe the book as the author's "fanfiction of her own book", and I thought that was hilarious, but incredibly accurate.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this in one sitting! I'm in love with everything Becky Albertalli writes!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So glad! I'm so glad Leah got her own story she really deserved it
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Love this book, it is a great sequel to Love, Simon. Love Becky's writing style.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it! I have been so excited to read this ever since it was announced! I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda! But the more I thought about it, there was just something about this book that bugged me, I can't really pinpoint what it is though. The writing confused me at times with the transitions, like they would suddenly be outside when they were just sitting down inside, and I didn't even realise they left. There were a lot of times I loved Leah! She was funny and sincerely loved her friends so much! But at the same time she kind of annoyed me. Like some of the ways she talked and interacted with the other characters just felt weird to me, and kind of unnatural. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book! It was fun to read!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12/10!! I LOVE THIS BOOK I bought this last week and I loved it so so much. I love Leah as I really relate to her character and I adored Abby, Simon, and Bram in this sequel. I really love Leah's mom and all around the events in this book. Overall, I completely recommend this book to all fans of Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I wanted and more! I am hooked on Becky Albertalli, I am so sad the book is over, but cannot wait to read it again. The development of Leah's character and her inner dialogue were great, and her story was just as enthralling as Simon's, and to end with a big event like prom is the perfect teen contemporary!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad I pretty excited to read this book after reading and watching Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda. I have to admit this book wasn't nearly as good. It was nice and a familiar feeling to read about all my favorite characters and jump back into their world once again but I felt like there was no real plot to this book. Like I get Leah is dealing with multiple issues and grad is right around the corner but I felt like there was no big problem to be solved at the end. It might just be me so I think that you should still try reading the booka and judge it for yourself.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it but.... I really wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first one; however, I felt that it was a little confusing and dragged on and on for a while. I loved Leah and her personality and she definitely made me laugh several times but it seemed to be a much more slow pace and it was more difficult to stay invested in the characters.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and lighthearted ! Leah on the Offbeat is a quick, easy and funny read. The characters are fun and this book is a great addition to the Simonverse.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wicked good book i say Alice Network is a totally engaging story inspired by the real life efforts of a network of spies
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good I really like this series but i must say i was surprised with where they took this novel and not sure if i liked it, i think i'm very unclear if i like Abby as a character Happy to see the characters again and see Leah's story.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Okay. I'm going to surprise myself here. But I let this sit for a few days and I've come to a conclusion I don't like and wasn't expecting. I wish I hadn't of read this. Leah is both the same and very different from the Leah in Simon. This book is full of secrets. And I don't like a lot of them. I don't like where the romance went. I don't like where the book left off. I wanted adorable lady love. And Leah gives me that. Butttt... guys. Ah. I LIVED for the Simon and Blue moments. Because obviously. And I probably relate to Leah in more ways than I care to admit(we share a lot of our worse traits). Leah is snappy and cynical and a perfectionist that makes her afraid to put herself out there. She also has a kind and sweet side. I still love her relationship with Simon. But like, now things change. And I don't like the change that affects my favourite book of EVER.(Simon vs if you're new here...) I don't know what to do. I'm torn. I guess my warning here is, this book is great if you can connect with Leah and want a Leah story. But if you're like me, and want the story in Simon to be the story. Then read on at your own risk.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So hyped Becky is such a talented writer, after reading Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens, I can't wait to dive into this after its release
Date published: 2018-02-12

Editorial Reviews

“Albertalli has a fantastic ear for voice, and it’s beautifully on display in Leah’s funny, wry, and vulnerable first-person narrative. Everything Albertalli already did so well in Simon she’s improved upon here, and fans of the first book will be utterly smitten with Leah.”