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Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli

Review by Georgina Chadwick

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli is a realistic fiction novel about a sarcastic teenage girl named Leah Burke. Throughout the book, she struggles with her insecurities and questioning, as well as coming to terms with her bisexuality. Leah is someone who bottles up her feelings, which is difficult as she has so many to share. Compared to her friends, she is much less privileged, which comes with many things for her to deal with as well as the difficulties of growing up. She deals with a lot of her emotions through her music, as she is a drummer in a band. She uses her passion of music to escape whatever is going on in her life. 
This book is a direct sequel to “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I highly recommend this book, especially to sixth grade and up. If you have read any of the other books related such as “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”, or watched the movie “Love, Simon”, this book would be good for you as it is very interesting to view the storyline from another character’s perspective.

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