Book Review: Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli 

Book 2 in the ‘Creekwood’ series

Published in 2018 by Penguin Random House 

343 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

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.

My Review:

This was easily one of the most heartbeat and precious books I’ve ever read! I mean I fell in love with Simon in “Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda” and I did not honestly think I could love a Becky Albertalli book more than I loved this, but along comes Leah and honestly I loved every minute of this book! 

I’m so happy Leah got her own novel, in “Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda”, she was such a great character and I loved her scenes! This book had all those feels we know and love, and I love how much Simon and Bram featured in the story too, and Abby too! Seeing all these characters again was like being reunited with friends after a period of time, it was just so precious and my heart felt so endeared! 

I love how relatable Leah is, from her thought pattern to just her general attitude and everything! And I loved how much angst was in this book, it literally left me feeling hungry for more, but honestly every page was so addictive, I couldn’t get enough, I needed to know what would come next and what would happen with Leah and everyone! 

Becky Albertalli writes characters so perfectly, it feels like they just leap of the page and have so much emotion and heart, I just felt like I was 100% with all of them, Leah especially! Such a fabulous endearing character, I wanted to give her a hug throughout the book! My heart loved all the precious moments between everyone, and I loved all the Harry Potter references throughout the book, and how Leah referred to herself as the Slytherin Rory Gilmore! 

This book definitely joins my all time favourites, I know I’ll probably re read it before long (it was perfection!) and my mind will flutter back to it, thinking: ‘I wonder what Leah is up to now?’ as I grin like the goofy fangirl that I am.

I’ll leave it there, I definitely recommend this book, you will not be disappointed! Until next time, happy reading 📚🙂

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