Wishlist Wednesday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring Becky Albertalli’s Leah on the Offbeat. It is a sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I couldn’t be more excited for it.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Wishlist Wednesday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliTitle: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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I really enjoyed the audiobook of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda a few years ago and I can’t wait to find out more about Leah, Simon’s best friend. Sequels do tend to be hit and miss for me, but it sounds as though this story is more of a spin-off. It has been confirmed by the author that Simon makes many appearances in the novel, so I am all over it!

About Becky Albertalli

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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It's Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta

23 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

  1. Jenea’s Book Obsession says:

    I haven’t read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but from the sounds of it I really need too. Leah sounds like she has some things to work out. Her story sounds like one I would enjoy following. Thanks for putting this on my radar.

  2. Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! says:

    I’m looking forward to this one as well! I read Simon vs. in January, and just saw the movie a couple days ago (my local theater was showing it early for all the spring breakers!) and thought it was a great adaption. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Leah and learning more about her!
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  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    This is a contemp that sounds good. I love that she is an artist. That her friends are privileged, but still love her as a friend. And the hardship that is growing up…. I am 35 and it is STILL hard growing up!

    • The Candid Cover says:

      I won’t really know the answer to that until I read this one. However, from what I gather from the synopsis, it seems as though you might be able to jump into this one without reading Simon first. I really loved Simon, so I would suggest to start with it. 🙂

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