First of all, I have to say – I loved this book. Favourite one of 2018, by far. That said, I have not read Love, Simon (also known as Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda) and Leah on the Offbeat is a sequel to this. For the first chapter or two I was caught off-guard by the amount of names the reader was supposed to be able to recall, which I’m sure is easier when you’ve heard of all these people from Love, Simon. After those couple chapters though…. Wow. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and cannot wait to read its prequel.
The plot is topical; a bisexual girl, who is very definite in her own sexual identity but not comfortable sharing it with others. She is surrounded by friends, who are an easy-to-relate-to bunch of teenagers finishing high school, faced with choosing colleges, moving from home, and how all this affects their relationships – both platonic and romantic. Leah narrates the story, and her conversational tone is easy to get into the flow of, although just a heads up, she uses plenty of bad language.
It has a prom night that is just clichéd enough to be adorable, and Leah’s relationship with her mother is something out of Gilmore Girls. The book is filled with snippets of up to date fads, with mentions of Hamilton, Love Actually and fanfiction among others, which makes it all the more fun to read. A fantastic read for a YA audience.