Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Published 2018 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

368 pages, YA contemporary.

I enjoyed Simon Vs. so much, and I related to Upside in ways I've never related to a book before, so you'd better bet I had this one on hold at the library well before its release date. It came in yesterday. Today I stopped by the library on my way home from work, picked it up at the holds desk, plunked myself down in a chair, and read it from start to finish.

I laughed LOUDLY several times. Once I gave a rather magnificent snort. I'd like to take this moment to apologize to the other library patrons today, and to gently suggest you read this somewhere where you can make a scene without being annoying. 

Simon is adorable. Molly is the girl I wanted to see reflected back in a book when I was her age. Leah--oh dear me, where to start? As I mentioned, she's screamingly funny. She's also prickly and tense in a way Simon and Molly aren't. But she's lovable even when she's not very likable. I really admire how Albertalli writes Leah so she's pretty self-aware, and yet we, the reader, understand some things about her that she, the teenager, doesn't quite realize yet. 

Also, SO MUCH FOOD in this book. After I looked up, squinty-eyed, at the end of the book, I gathered up my kid and took him to a diner so I could get waffles for dinner. With lots and lots of syrup. 

4.5/5 stars


  1. I’m glad you liked it! I’ll probably have to buy it because I’m going to be sitting on the waitlist forever.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I've had my eye on this book, waiting to see what people say. SO glad it's living up to everyone's expectations!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Leah is definitely a more bitter flavor than Simon, which I think disappointed some, but I'm okay with a snarky and flawed character who has a good heart.


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