Leah on the OffBeat (Bi-Weekly Book Review)

AHH! Time for another book review. . . . Sadly, I have been neglecting reading ANYTHING but college related things. So, sacrificing a bit of my time and a much-needed break I worked through this book just barely in time. So voila! Here we go again, finding new worlds in which to throw ourselves into!


“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat

Name: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Sorry guys. Didn’t have time to get a 5-star book this week.)

Professional Summary: 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.

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.

My Summary: Leah is a self-conscious girl drummer who is scared of who she is and how she looks. She is scared to talk to her friends and bottles things up and strikes out when she’s upset. As she’s about the graduate and go off to college things spiral out of control. Leah realises that things need to change and puts herself out on the limb to hold her friendships and life together. 

My Review: I honestly was intrigued. I have read the first book in this series and was interested in seeing how Ms. Albertalli spun this new story. I’ve been meaning to read this book for months but I finally got around to getting it out of the library. I found the beginning to be somewhat confusing but things smoothed out as we went along. 

Characters: I honestly didn’t like Leah at first. It was hard for me to want to keep reading, but I persevered and did and I’m not sorry I did. I connected with Leah when her insecurities were more revealed to us. I understood what she felt and could empathize with her. I honestly liked Garrett, even if he was an idiot.

 “Leah.’ Mom shakes her head. ‘You’ve got to stop doing this.’
‘Doing what?’
‘Burning everything to the ground whenever something goes wrong.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat

Plot: I thought the plot was well written and it was fast-paced enough to keep me reading. There isn’t too much extraordinary to say about it, though.

“And in that moment–for a split second– I feel it. How short that is. How soon everything changes. It’s strange, because good-byes are a thing I can understand intellectually, but they almost never feel real. Which makes it hard to brace for impact. I don’t know how to miss people when they’re standing right in front of me.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat

In Summary: This was an interesting book. I don’t advise against reading it, but I also don’t recommend it. I’m rather indifferent on this book. It was good but not great. One thing I do have to say for it. . . it was really, really, REALLY funny. I about died laughing quite a few times. I still stand by my original statement, though. Check it out for yourself if you want. Or not. Whatever floats your boat. I apologise if I’ve offended anyone.

“RIP Leah Burke. She died of acute awkwardosis.”
― Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat




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