Wednesday 30 May 2018

Review: Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat- but real life isn't always so rhythmic.
The only child of a single mum, and her life is less privileged than her friends.
Her mum knows she's bisexual, but Leah hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends. 

Not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

Prom and college are on the horizon, and tensions are running high.
Can Leah still strike the right note, when the people she loves are fighting?
And how can she cope knowing that she might love one of her friends more than she ever intended?

Review: Oh my goodness I loved this book so much. Firstly, I love the fact that this book carries on from where Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda left off so we know the characters, we know the setting and we want to find out how the Creekwood High gang are getting on. And secondly I love the fact that this book focuses on my favourite character from that book, Leah! Can I just say as an aside, she was also my favourite character when I saw the film so that really didn't disappoint either!

You definitely have to have read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda before reading this one unless you want to be spoiled for Simon story lines...

We know going into this book that Leah identifies as bisexual but hasn't come out to anyone yet. I think that this was a great move by this author, you don't read about many lead female characters who are afraid to come out as bisexual or who are sure they are bisexual. It was great to read about the crushes that Leah has and has had because they really do include a broad spectrum of people and I like the fact that a follow on from a love story involving two guys should be followed up with a sometimes wildly romantic story about a girl who likes both guys and girls!

There are other aspects to Leah's character that make her just so easy to fall in love with though. She is incredibly neurotic whilst consistently putting a laid back front out there. She worries about the kinds of things that I worried about when I was a teenager so she is definitely easy to identify with as well. The other thing I really loved about her was that she doesn't have it all figured out either, and she doesn't pretend to have it all figured out. Far too many books feature teens who are certain about their future when being a teenager isn't the time to be fully committed on these decisions and I really liked that!

This book also features some awesome Harry Potter references and discussions, an epic road trip, an unfortunate party and some amazing prom outfits-what's not to love? Seriously I hugged this book when I finished because it really did give me all the feels and I love the messages that Becky Albertalli puts out into the universe. I'd really like to see this follow up on the big screen as well, let's hope it happens!

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