Leah på Offbeatet
Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published in English: 2018
Dansk titel: Leah på Offbeatet
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: June 2018
Genre: LGBT, Young Adult & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of 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. 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.
It’s no secret that Simon vs. the Homo sapiens were one of my all-time favorites in the LGBT genre. I was over the moon when I found out that the author made another book with the same people! Going to be very honest here! I don’t like Leah at all in the first book, she was annoying as hell and frankly, the story wouldn’t have suffered with her exit.
However, reading this brought back many good memories from the first. We meet the original crew again and in a matter of minutes, you’re back in the Simon universe again. She developed for the better in the book but I’m still not a fan of hers. She’s so childish and touchy it’s sickening. It’s only at the last 20 pages or so she’s tolerable.
The good parts of this book was when we heard from Simon and how he was doing, it was so awesome hearing about his “future” and what happened since we said goodbye to him in the Simon vs. At times it made me forget that the book was about Leah!
It’s a typical YA story with high school and finding yourself and/or accepting whom you are. It was decent all considered. The writing stayed true and if Leah’s personality doesn’t, annoyed the crap out of you, then this book will become one of your go to books when you need a laugh. The book felt flat to me even though it’s decent written, it lacked in so many departments. It had potential but wasn’t able to deliver, it all felt a bit to forced.