SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248.jpgSeries: Creekwood #2

Genre: contemporary, YA

Length:  368 pages (hardcover)

Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: April 24th 2018

Personal Rating: 2.75-3/5 stars

Read from, to: 3rd – 4th May 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.


I have so many feelings about Leah on the Offbeat. Some are good, some are bad. It’s been awhile since I struggled so much with deciding how many stars I should give a book. Everything was fine when I started reading this book, I loved it, highlited my favorite quotes from it etc. And then halfway through some things started happening in my personal life that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. So now that I think about it, that’s probably why I didn’t like this book (or well, the last half)) as much as I thought I will.

I will not apologize for my ranting, this is my opinion and if you loved the book (because I know a lot of people absolutely adore this book, according to goodreads) then great, good for you. It just wasn’t for me and I hope you people can respect that.

Here are the things I loved:

  • books that have reps that are overweight tend to focus on character’s struggles with their self image. But not Leah. She loves her body the way it is and I admire her so much for that
  • Simon Spier
  • Leah did a Inej and Nina from Six of Crows fanart auhjfbdsjklhjak
  • they mentioned Troye Sivan aka MY GOD
  • young mother rep (Leah’s mom was 17/18 when she had her)
  • Simon Spier
  • that whole moment when Abby changed Simon’s autocorrect so ‘wtf’ turned into ‘we aim to please, Miss Steele’, ‘phone’ turned into ‘virginity’ and ‘autocorrect’ turned into ‘subconscious’. I have literally never laughed so much while reading a book like I did in that moment
  • Simon Spier
  • I could not not picture Garrett as Shane Dawson’s best friend Garrett whom everyone loves including me. That’s why I’m so overprotective of him
  • Simon’s way of fixing things is just to tell everyone you had diarrhea and they won’t judge you or what you did
  • Leah is a big Drarry fan
  • Bram and his baby brother Caleb are just the cutest
  • Simon Spier
  • there are a lot of Harry Potter refrences
  • but that’s not all: there are a lot of Hamilton refrences too omigooooooood
  • Simon and Leah’s friendship is just goals okay
  • Simon Spier


Here are the things I didn’t like:

  • I wasn’t shipping Leah with the love interest. Which, you know, kind of ruined this whole book for me. As I said, I loved the first half of the book. And then that moment on their college tour happened. And I just got annoyed with the love interest. Like, I dunno, I just kind of got offended by that moment?
  • so from there on I didn’t like the love interest and she was annoying me and she was just playing with Leah and I honestly thought Leah deserved better than her and I cringed every time the love interest touched Leah. Like, no honey, you deserve better
  • Leah was annoying at some points aswell. ”Trying to hard to be relatable”
  • Leah literally decided to label her love interest’s sexuality
  • Leah was so mean to her mom’s boyfriend and then he bought her a cat bag and he was suddenly the best guy ever?
  • the characters weren’t the characters I remember from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? Nick wasn’t the Nick I know but just some hot mess and that annoyed me so freaking much
  • there was no real plot?
  • it feelt like a fanfiction, to be completely honest
  • at the end, everyone ended with someone. I understand Simon and Bram and Leah and her love interest. But then Nick got in a relationship too, and so did Garrett and they both ended up with someone in their ”squad”. And I was just like: please don’t turn into Sarah J. Maas. Please. Because seriously, there was really no need for that. I was reading the last couple of pages when I realise having a Garrett novel would be freaking awesome BECAUSE THEY JUST ALL FREAKING FORGOT ABOUT GARRETT and he deserves his own book. And just at the moment I thought of that, I read the part of the book where they explain Garrett has a new girlfriend. Oh. Okay. It’s not like Garrett has never spoken with/about this said girlfriend or ever showed interested in her because he had a crush on Leah for a long time. Do you see what I mean? How forced that looks? Because everyone just NEEDS TO BE HAPPY AND HAPPY MEANS BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP THAT NO ONE SAW COMING AND I MEAN THAT IN A BAD WAY? Can’t authors just please understand that single people – aka me – can be happy too and be awesome and badass and can live their life to the fullest (I mean, I’m not the greatest example but you get what I mean)?
  • everyone just freaking forgot about my poor baby Garrett. (Plus Anna, Leah’s friend and Nora) It’s just like when everyone forgot about Leah in the Simon vs. – how ironic is that? Like dude, Garrett tried so freaking hard and Leah never even told him her non-existent feelings towards him. Just imagine this for a second: Garrett, our sweet baby boy Garrett, walking through the school halls, holding a rose behind his back to surprise Leah and finally tell her that he likes likes her, and he rehearsed that speech for hours and he made sure to clean his teeth twice so his breath wouldn’t smell when he tells her and he worked hard, mowing his neighbour’s lawn so he could get money so he could take Leah out for a dinner after. He’s all happy and whistling and ready for this. And then he turns around a corner and he sees them. Leah and her love interest kissing near Leah’s locker. And his whole world just crumbles apart. He backs away slowly, trying not to make a sound so they wouldn’t see him and runs. He throws the rose in a garbage can while he’s running and he goes to McDonald’s where he spends all his money he earned from mowing his neighbour’s lawn. Day after that he’s finally ready to face Leah and her girlfriend. And he tries to act like seeing them kissing or smiling at each other doesn’t hurt him. He’s slowly dying inside. And then he meets that new love interest, the one I was talking about earlier when I said there was no need for that. And he starts dating her just so he could forget Leah but he’s never happy again. And all this time Leah doesn’t remember to apologize to him, to explain everything but just goes on living her perfect life with her new girlfriend and is blind to Garrett’s pain. The end. (Honestly, I should write fanfiction)

So yeah, all in all I’m disappointed. But at least I got my dose of Simon of Bram. At least that.