Book Reviews

Book 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?

Rating: 5*

Recommended For: 12+

Themes: Identity and acceptance, family, friendship, coming out

LGBTQIA+ Content: Main character is bisexual.

As a companion book to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this was a great read. Leah was a character I was interested in from the first book – and I was delighted with this exploration.

Some parts of Leah’s life are difficult. Some are confusing. Some are just plain terrible.

It was fabulous to see a bisexual character explored in a way that gave equal weighting to her attractions. What also struck me, just like with Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, was the authenticity of the teenage voice. It was real and it was endearing – and at times hilarious.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot.

Clearly, LGBTQIA+ content inside.

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