Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)by Published 24 Apr 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.
"Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)" Reviews
You will encounter me in the afterlife only to learn that I’ve spent the last 3 millennia reciting increasingly complex and overtly emotional poetry about how much I fucking love this book.
We really did speak twentyGAYteen into existence and WE ARE THRIVING!!
Besides the romance and catching up with Simon, nothing else seemed to happen? This story had so much potential, from Leah coming out to her friends to her complicated relationship with her mom to the bittersweet feelings surrounding graduating high school. None of these were really delved into.
Instead, we got a rushed romance that felt forced. I loved that we got bi rep, but I couldn't get fully on board with the couple especially considering the timing of it. [spoilers removed]
Was it just me or was almost every character's personality off? This is most apparent with Abby and Nick, but even Simon felt like a strange fanfic version of himself. On top of that, the character development was almost nonexistent. Leah is a pretty unlikable character, which I love to read about - if there's an arc.
To sum up my feelings: AGH I wanted to love this book because we need more f/f romances, but I had many issues with it.
I swear, people can’t wrap their minds around the concept of a fat girl who doesn’t diet. Is it that hard to believe I might actually like my body?
I LOVE LEAH BURKE.
I don't actually see how it's possible not to. She's hilarious and badass and sarcastic and moody and totally potty-mouthed. Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and give my awkward, chubby teen self this book.
If you've had enough of the depressing gloomy world we live in and want to read something uplifting, unapologetically nerdy, with just the right amount of romance and Harry Potter references, then I highly recommend Leah on the Offbeat. I found it funnier than Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with better dialogue, characters and relationships than The Upside of Unrequited, and it didn't hurt that I just related to Leah so much more.
This book has everything you need from the perfect high school senior rom-com: a tight group of hilarious and charming friends, prom and all that goes with it, a will they/won't they [spoilers removed], and that perfect but somewhat melancholy high that comes with endings and new beginnings. But, on top of all that, Albertalli just does a great job of normalizing queer relationships.
It's not always easy to come out and, of course, some people are jerks but it's so... not a big deal in this book. Girls like boys like boys like girls like girls. And sometimes characters identify as neither girl nor boy and that's cool, too. Like I said, I so wish this book existed when I was in high school.
The romance here was just perfect for me. Becky Albertalli's books are largely driven by the dialogue, which makes for some great banter. And when it comes to romance, banter is everything to me. Leah and Abby just warm my heart. They are so freaking adorable. But I also really appreciate how Leah's self-worth is not tied into the romance. Sure, she has moments of insecurity - who doesn't? - but she is mostly happy with her body, without needing validation from others.
Other things I loved: the relationship between Leah and her mom (aww); Garrett constantly being, as Leah puts it, "a fucking slightly adorable doofus"; that Leah is a drummer; the cuteness that is Simon; Leah's colourful terminology ("prehistoric dickwads" was a personal fave). And, like, everything else.
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FINALLY A GIRL LIKES GIRL BOOK!!
There are so many YA contemporary romance going around where it's boy likes boy (and that's awesome!) but I'm so happy we get to see a different version. This book was adorable!
The characters were attaching, funny and just angsty enough. If you're looking for a fun summer read, I totally recommend both Creekwood books. It was really nice to go back to this world and continue to explore it. I'm actually sad it's now over!