Published by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray on April 24, 2018
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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 oldest daughter and I just love Becky Albertalli’s writing. Her latest release, Leah on the Offbeat, is a companion novel to her first book (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda), and I was so excited to re-visit old characters as well as get to know a bit more about Leah. I love when authors write stories that investigate side characters and their paths as well as keep us updated with the characters we originally met. I adored Simon and was so glad that we got glimpses of him.
The year is senior year for most of our favorites, and we couldn’t get a better setting. There’s natural tension in trying to decide which college you will attend as well as all the rituals of senior year like prom.
My video is spoiler-free for the series, so I hope you enjoy it. Please, leave me your thoughts on Becky’s books in the comments below.