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Leah on the Offbeat

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Staff Review: "Leah on the Offbeat" by Becky Albertalli

★★★

In this direct sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the focus shifts from Simon to one of his best friends, Leah Burke. It’s about a year after the conclusion of Simon, and Leah and her friends are in the home stretch of their senior year. The gang experiences visiting colleges, getting ready for prom and figuring out how they’ll stay in each other’s lives after graduation.

Perhaps most adrift among all these changes is Leah. While most of her friends are coupled up and excited for these huge life changes, Leah is unsure of what direction she wants her life to take. She also grapples with the fact that she’s bisexual, something she has yet to share with her friends despite being almost certain that they’ll be cool with it.

As a fan of the first book (and its film adaptation, Love, Simon), I had to read this story to see what happened to the characters that I grew to love and cheer on. While I didn’t feel Leah lived up to the greatness of Simon, it was still pretty entertaining and was a quick read. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book unless you’ve read Simon first, however, as many plot points in the first book would be spoiled.

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction, contemporary fiction, lgbt

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