Dudes. Have you read Leah On The Offbeat yet? It is my new obsession. Literally everyone needs to read this and love it as much as I do. So, it’s pretty obvious that I’m going to be talking about Leah On The Offbeat today. This review is also going to have Simon and Bram spoilers, but nothing about Leah, so if you are okay with Spierfeld spoilers, continue reading.
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (USA), Penguin Books (UK)
Rating: 5 Stars
This was such a cute story, and I had a ball reading it. It was funny and adorable, and I loved seeing all the characters a year on. This book is set a year after the events of Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda, so it was amazing to see Simon and Bram’s relationship in full swing. Literally 50% of me read this book for the new and exciting plot surrounding Leah, and the other 50% just wanted to see Simon and Bram having cute scenes together. And let me tell you about their cute scenes for a second.
My favourite subplot of the whole book was Bram figuring out a promposal for Simon. HE LITERALLY RECREATED SIMON’S LOVE ACTUALLY FANFICTION. How. Cute. Is. That. If I had to name my two favourite scenes in this book, I would have to say the prom scene (but I’ll get to that later) and every pre/promposal scene. Seriously, if Simon and Bram had’ve broken up, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Their relationship is more dear than any celebrity relationships I know.
Now, as much as it pains me to say it, but I think that’s enough about Simon and Bram. Onto Leah. When I started reading this book, I didn’t know if I would like Leah’s perspective, since she was a bit annoying in Simon Vs. But I think Albertalli did a great job of making Leah a raw and unapologetic character. Yes, she did have flaws, but everyone has flaws, and it just made me like her more because it felt like she was more of a real person. I also loved how Becky portrayed her as poor. I’ve never read a book where a character is poor and it affects their decisions and makes them question doing or buying something they love. I think it’s an underrepresented topic, which I found very real and honest, and I liked that aspect of it.
Now onto some cons. These are minor things, but I did feel the need to address them. I was confused as to where Leah and Nick’s friendship went. I mean, they were friends in this book, but there weren’t any scenes with just them. They never hung out alone in Nick’s basement or talked a lot to each other one-on-one. It was always part of a group, and never just the two of them. I also didn’t know where Leah’s crush on Nick went. In Simon Vs, she had a huge crush on Nick, but in this book, that totally disappeared.
Because of those cons, and because it wasn’t really unbelievable so far, I was thinking of rating it 4 stars, but the ending really blew things out of the water. Oh my god the prom scene! That was so awesome. I love how Leah finally got the girl she had been crushing on for ages. And I love how they ended up together in the end and all was great.
And that email at the end. 10 out of 10 for happiness. The email pretty much clears up all worries or theories about the characters, which I greatly appreciated. Like me, I bet you were wondering how a certain person would deal with the whole relationship between Leah and a certain Mystery Person.
Sometimes when I think about this book, I do think about dropping it down to four stars, since there was some stuff about this book that I didn’t particularly love. But I could never do that. Becky Albertalli was so nice and wonderful enough to graciously give us this book, and the least I can do is give her my full love and support. And as no one has ever said, when in doubt, give it five stars!
One last thing before I go: There were so many Harry Potter references in this book and I was living for them all. Gah, they’re all such Potterheads. But I mean, who isn’t?
So that is it for my review! I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you soon with a new post. Bye!
P.S. Remember to comment down below your thoughts and opinions on this book, I’m eager to talk about it to someone!