Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli


3.5 disco balls

Publish date: April 24, 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

I had a hard time rating this one a 3.5,  but just couldn’t give it a 4 and 3.75 seemed weird. I whipped through this book in two days and love author Becky Albertalli’s writing style. I am a fan of dialogue and witty banter is even better: you get that with this book. I just felt it was missing something. That something special that came with the experience of reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Note: ‘Leah on the Offbeat’ is a continuation of the Creekwood series; Simon being Creekwood #1. It can be read as a standalone – but then you wouldn’t really know the characters and I absolutely recommend reading Simon! That is a given.

Leah is Simon’s best friend. Like Simon in Book #1, she has her own secret that is holding her back from being happy. She is sarcastic, snarky, and moody but you love her anyway because she is not malicious. She only stands in her own way.

I will not go into the rest of the story, because you need to read it to experience it. But, if you read it please let me know because there are two things I want to rant about and need someone to discuss it with.  😉

It is hard to compete with all the awesomeness of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. But, I expected something new from this one and was a bit disappointed. It felt a bit rushed and lacking the care the first book had. I do still think its worth a read, especially if you loved Simon and want to see what some of the characters are up to. Just don’t expect to be blown away.


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23 thoughts on “Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

  1. I read your review for this on Goodreads and you can give a book 3.75 I do it all the time, LOL
    Wonderful review, I have this on audio just need to find the time to listen to it, so many books so little time!📚💜

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  2. Short and sweet, I love this review 😊 Never read any of these books but have heard of it. It’s making the round in the book community, so I’d be under a rock if I didn’t know😜

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  3. Great review, Aww that is a shame this book was a little disappointing for you Nikki now I will most definitely go into this book with low expectations then. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post, my friend.

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  4. I just got this one from the library yesterday. I’ve started and agree with you so far. I think Albertalli is never bad but she’s making herself compete with Simon and that wasn’t a great idea. Still, I have a feeling it’s going to be cute and quick. Good review – thanks!

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