Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

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 m...

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Leah on the Offbeat Reviews

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    inspired by my similar review of

    , here we go: a list of

    🌸 "I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO DO THAT WHEN IT COMES TO ABBY" IN LIKE THE SECOND FUCKING CHAPTER

    🌺 Simon and Leah inventing bro culture

    🌸 the fact that Nick and Simon’s college tour list is literally mine subtracting three women’s colleges? the accuracy jesus christ

    🌺 Taylor disparaging the tech crew and Nora looking as if she wants to silently implode is my mood

    🌸

    inspired by my similar review of

    , here we go: a list of

    🌸 "I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO DO THAT WHEN IT COMES TO ABBY" IN LIKE THE SECOND FUCKING CHAPTER

    🌺 Simon and Leah inventing bro culture

    🌸 the fact that Nick and Simon’s college tour list is literally mine subtracting three women’s colleges? the accuracy jesus christ

    🌺 Taylor disparaging the tech crew and Nora looking as if she wants to silently implode is my mood

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    🌺 Everything Leah’s mom says in this entire book, tbh

    🌸 the establishment of Leah’s anxiety and how it causes her to overreact to situations and hyperinflate them in her mind and how fuckening relatable that is

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    🌸 Leah wearing gold combat boots, like an icon

    🌺 all the Martin Addison hate

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    honestly why are we surprised by this it's so in character, Leah has a Ninej shipper personality

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    🌸 Garrett being useless and flirty and Trying

    🌺 Abby being Maybe Kind Of Cute but Very Straight and Leah being A Bisexual

    🌸

    🌺 the two times that characters tell other characters they like each other’s boots

    🌸 Leah’s baby crush on Simon being totally confirmed

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    🌸 The entire I-aim-to-please-miss-Steel scene

    🌺 Leah’s

    prom dress

    🌸 Leah being cute and crushing on Abby and not really getting that she’s flirting and still remaining

    that she is a total hetero, 100% straight, not at ALL into her

    🌺

    girl. no she ain't

    🌸 Becky how do you know the gays of this generation so well tf

    🌺 the sort of subtextual narrative around Leah's being plus-size and how that affects her mental well-being!! this is something Becky Albertalli has actually talked about a lot in terms of how writing this was emotionally cathartic for her and it really shows and I'm super into it.

    🌸 Every Simon and Bram moment establishing them as That Gross Couple

    🌺 Can we just talk about the fact of the road trip? Abby asked Leah to go on a road trip with her to tour the college they are both going to, together, and asks her to be roommates and maybe wants to be something more? Gay

    🌸 leah: and we're going to be roommates

    me: oh my god they were roommates

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    🌸 Leah having a heart attack of happiness when Caitlin uses they/them for her friend is such relatable content

    🌺 the deep and sheer gay energy of page 178

    🌸 Leah dreaming of her future with Abby where they’re just besties and talking about FaceTiming Simon together and eating cookies and I? love love

    🌺

    🌸 I mean, how can we ever forget they shared a bed

    🌺 the fact that the quote “Like, you look at Abby, and she’s the picture of innocence: spiral curls, lavender pajama shorts. But no.” refers to Abby dog-earing Harry Potter

    🌸 Leah being one of Those People who is anti-dog-earing

    🌺 Bubo Yass and Hue Barkle

    🌸 what the fuck is a duck tour

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    like bitch we all know this mom

    🌸 the entire conversation about gender segregated dorms

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    🌸 ABBY COMPLIMENTED LEAH’S EYES #NEVERFORGET

    🌺 the fact that, at page 191, Leah is still confident in Abby’s heterosexuality

    🌸 rip Abby’s heterosexuality, never-never. tragic

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    🌸 The fact that Abby overusing literally is completely canon. the most in character thing of all time maybe

    🌺 That scene where Leah gets pissed off because Abby looks so “fucking wholesome”

    🌸 the fact that Abby notices Leah staring but Leah’s resting bitch face is so bad that Abby goes straight to “why are you looking at me like you want to kill me”

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    🌸 Abby calling Leah an amazing drummer!!

    🌺 drunk Abby is the purest bean and I adore her

    🌸

    🌺 the following Scene… you know what scene I’m discussing

    🌸 the idea that Abby is afraid to be a straight girl messing around because of how much her cousin talks about Those Girls and how that's explored as an insecurity Abby has

    🌺 the exploration of Leah's insecurity about the same thing, about being an experiment to a girl she likes

    and wants to open up to

    🌸 “because you’re so fucking hetero” —pick up lines that have worked for at least one person

    🌺 Leah leaving Morgan at that fucking restaurant like the icon she is

    🌸 I’m so glad we’re acknowledging Haverford as the iconic Nerd Gay college that it is

    🌺 I think I might literally be the only Californian who is aware of the Acela, but I love this Authentic East Coast Culture

    🌸 LEAH GETTING COMMISSIONS

    🌺 you know I went into this book thinking Leah would be a Chaotic Bitter Bi Icon but actually she’s a useless art bisexual and I love her

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    🌺 Abby Suso: smoothest girl in the world

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    🌺 Simon and Leah’s brotp scene aaaaah!

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    🌺 every moment contained in Pages 255 through 259 in the U.S Hardcover edition of Leah on the Offbeat (2018) by Becky Albertalli

    🌸 honestly why did that need to go to shit

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    🌸 Leah and Wells finally getting to talk was… so nice

    🌺 Leah on the Offbeat spoiler without context: American Girl Bistro

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    🌺 honestly does anyone else want a Taylor Metternich spinoff she's such an iconic character for having like, four minutes of pagetime in the entire Creekwood canon

    🌸 ABBY GETTING A BLACK GIRL DOLL AND NAMING HER HERMIONE

    🌺 I… don’t want to talk about the ending. I seriously just loved it. I have never had a non-canon sapphic ship go canon in a further series, in further books, nothing. but my 2015 otp is canon and they kissed at prom and they made fun of how cliche it was and it was just

    .

    🌸 I actually accept that this was a bit less narratively coherent than Simon and I don’t really care. I loved this so much oh my god

    and with that...

    ✨check out my corresponding review for

    and have a nice and amazing day

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  • Em

    you will encounter me in the afterlife only to learn that I’ve spent the last 3 millennia reciting increasingly complex and overtly emotional poetry about how much I fucking love this book

    we really did speak 20gayteen into existence and WE ARE THRIVING

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    4.75*

    P.S. exciting new video experiment ft. this book coming soon (stay tuned)

  • Emily May

    I don't actually see how it's possible not to. She's hilarious and badass and sarcastic and moody and totally potty-mouthed. Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and give my awkward, chubby teen self this book.

    If you've had enough of the depressing gloomy world we live in and want to read something uplifting, unapologetically ne

    I don't actually see how it's possible not to. She's hilarious and badass and sarcastic and moody and totally potty-mouthed. Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and give my awkward, chubby teen self this book.

    If you've had enough of the depressing gloomy world we live in and want to read something uplifting, unapologetically nerdy, with just the right amount of romance and

    references, then I highly recommend

    . I found it funnier than

    , with better dialogue, characters and relationships than

    , and it didn't hurt that I just related to Leah so much more.

    This book has everything you need from the perfect high school senior rom-com: a tight group of hilarious and charming friends, prom and all that goes with it, a will they/won't they

    , and that perfect but somewhat melancholy high that comes with endings and new beginnings. But, on top of all that, Albertalli just does

    .

    It's not always easy to come out and, of course, some people are jerks but it's so... not a big deal in this book. Girls like boys like boys like girls like girls. And sometimes characters identify as neither girl nor boy and that's cool, too. Like I said, I so wish this book existed when I was in high school.

    The romance here was just perfect for me. Becky Albertalli's books are largely driven by the dialogue, which makes for some great banter. And when it comes to romance,

    . Leah and Abby just warm my heart. They are so freaking adorable. But I also really appreciate how Leah's self-worth is not tied into the romance. Sure, she has moments of insecurity - who doesn't? - but she is mostly happy with her body, without needing validation from others.

    Other things I loved: the relationship between Leah and her mom (aww); Garrett constantly being, as Leah puts it, "a fucking slightly adorable doofus"; that Leah is a drummer; the cuteness that is Simon; Leah's colourful terminology ("prehistoric dickwads" was a personal fave). And, like, everything else.

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  • may ➹

    (I’m not happy about it either)

    When I was reading it, I didn’t think it would be 5 stars. The ending was my FAVORITE though and that gave me the confidence to give it a high rating.

    But even after that, I still was doubtful of the 5-star rating. Certain characteristics about Leah rubbed me in the wrong way, and there was one scene in particular that I outright hated. It wasn’t until I kept talking with friends who had read this and seen others’ o

    (I’m not happy about it either)

    When I was reading it, I didn’t think it would be 5 stars. The ending was my FAVORITE though and that gave me the confidence to give it a high rating.

    But even after that, I still was doubtful of the 5-star rating. Certain characteristics about Leah rubbed me in the wrong way, and there was one scene in particular that I outright hated. It wasn’t until I kept talking with friends who had read this and seen others’ opinions that I decided:

    (Also I think one of my main worries about not rating this 5 stars while rating Simon Vs. 5 stars was that someone would accuse me of only liking m/m… which is ridiculous because I’m a sapphic person and I’ve also read and loved f/f.)

    I’m just… really sad and disappointed right now!! This had the potential to be something amazing but [sigh] there were just really big issues that I couldn’t ignore. I literally rated this 5 stars, wrote a gushy pre-review, wrote a “it’s release day!” and “it’s #1 on the NYT Bestselling list!” review and yet here we are at a 3.5-star rating.

    The first problem I had with this that just kept nagging me after I finished it was that, in the wise words of my friend Elise, this was “less narratively coherent” than Simon Vs. The plot was kinda sorta REALLY all over the place—

    —and was also slow at times. (I do think my experience was affected by me reading an ebook though. Pacing always feels different for me when I read ebooks.)

    My second issue with this is that there was… hardly any romantic development between Leah and her love interest that took place during the book’s time period? Listen I LOVE the relationship (and even teared up over it at the end) but

    and it annoyed me. It felt like they had chemistry, lost it, and somehow got it again but only because they had had chemistry before.

    If that didn’t make sense, that’s exactly how it felt to read this book.

    And then of course, there is a horribly hurtful scene that happened, and I don’t even know how it made it into the final draft with the sensitivity readers Albertalli hired.

    Basically, Leah’s love interest tells Leah that she feels like she is “lowkey bi”, and Leah tells her that she’s either bi or not, pretty much policing her sexuality.

    Now this might’ve been okay if it had been acknowledged as an issue later on, if Leah had apologized to the love interest about what she said. But it wasn’t. And that’s a huge problem.

    I can get Leah’s point of view a little bit in this, as a bi person. It’s kind of like a defensive stance that Leah is taking—“lowkey” bi can read as “maybe not really” bi. And I think bi people especially are told to “pick a side” and that they’re “confused” and that they “aren’t really bi”, just straight at one moment, gay at another. BUT. I personally read “lowkey bi” as “questioning if I’m bi or maybe another label”. That was me when I was questioning. And even if Leah meant it in a defensive way,

    .

    And finally, my issues with Leah herself. She is very abrasive and blunt and pessimistic… and that’s cool. That’s fine. That’s completely okay. But

    . I’m aware that people relate to the way she reacts to certain things (especially when she’s anxious), and that’s valid, but she lashes out at people and is rude to them and

    . A LOT of my issues with this book could have been resolved if Leah would just apologize for her crappy actions. But. she. DOESN’T.

    But! This book was not all bad!

    Loved it in Simon Vs., and I love it here. Leah’s humor, Simon’s humor, everyone’s humor. I LOVED IT ALL. It is an overall hilarious book and I laughed and smiled over so many things and iconic moments. Albertalli’s sense of humor is really similar to mine and I genuinely adore it. Honestly just read

    ; it’s full of the hilarious iconic moments of the whole book.

    Another thing I loved was: SIMON AND BLUE !!!!!

    💘💓💕💖💗💝💞 each time one or both of them showed up. They make ME genuinely happy, and each other. They’re so cute. I LOVE THEM.

    Other characters I really loved were Abby and Leah’s mom. I’ve always adored Abby and I think her character was quite well-written in this book, and Leah’s relationship with her mom was such a gem!! And I mean…

    I’m in love with her sense of humor, she says a lot of genuinely hilarious things, and she had so many great parts to her personality that I loved. (It was just the way she sometimes acted towards people and didn’t apologize for hurting them that kind of ruined her character for me.)

    Also, Nick deserves to be written better. What happened to him. I LOVE HIM.

    Another thing I really liked was that

    There’s one scene where Leah immediately shuts down her friend’s claim that Abby got into a college and the friend didn’t, because Abby was black and she was white. Later, when Leah discusses it with Abby, Abby talks about how she has to deal with that kind of thing as a black girl all day, every day. And since Leah is fat, we see a lot of thoughts from her about how others view fat people—Leah questions why fat and beautiful are opposites—and how it makes her view herself—she talks about how even if she likes her own body, someone is always there to tell her not to.

    Also: the romance. I know I had issues with its development, and one particular scene, but

    . A majority of my highlights are of Leah and her love interest being cute and gay together. The chemistry between them is kinda wacky when you think about it but also they’re such a perfect couple and I was so engayged in the story that I didn’t really noticed it? I was so immersed with the two of them. And I

    the ending. It’s adorable and perfect for these two soft girlfriends. My favorite line is “I mean, she didn’t seem so straight when she kissed me” because that is the ultimate mood.

    Anyways.

    but also had some pretty big issues with it? I truly loved the humor and the romance (IT WAS SO CUTE) and a lot of the characters, but I really can’t, in good conscience, give this more than 4 stars, even if I really want to.

    Also I’m still salty and annoyed and frankly exhausted about this, so: Before you think that saying a book has a happy ending or not is a spoiler, think about if it features queer characters or not. Think about how queer media in the past and STILL TODAY has ended in tragedy for the queer characters.

    (Also your homophobia is showing because I KNOW y’all wouldn’t be saying this kind of thing about books with an allocishet romance.) And one more thing: You can say you want to discover whether the ending is happy or sad or whatever and that’s perfectly fine. But just keep in mind that if you’re allocishet and you read a book and discover that it’s a sad ending for the queer people, you probably aren’t that affected. Queer people aren’t afforded the luxury of “discovering it for themselves” and not being affected by a sad ending.

    while all the non-queer characters are completely fine and happy.

    And (one last thing I swear) HOW THE HELL is saying that Leah gets the girl a spoiler when it’s been promoted as an F/F BOOK by the author herself. F/f book = a major, ENDGAME f/f romance in the book. It’s not rocket science, jesus christ. I swear to god

    (And even then, you wouldn’t say anything based on the assumption that the boy and girl are both straight. Which is gross.)

    All right rant over I hope you all find yourself an f/f book where the girl gets the girl in a happy ending and enjoy!!! And I hope these two lovely girlfriends are having the best time doing gay things and living their gayest lives!!!

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    FINALLY A GIRL LIKES GIRL BOOK!!

    There are so many YA contemporary romance going around where it's boy likes boy (and that's awesome!) but I'm so happy we get to see a different version. This book was adorable!

    The characters were attaching, funny and just angsty enough. If you're looking for a fun summer read, I totally recommend both Creekwood books. It was really nice to go back to this world and continue to explore it. I'm actually sad it's now over!

    Recommend it!

  • Lola

    There is huge hype surrounding this new title, and I am unashamed to say that I put aside the twenty other books I was reading to focus solely on this one. (Sorry-not-sorry, my lovelies!)

    Because it’s that good. Because it’s that important. And because after watching the movie

    , I was dying for more Leah & Simon interactions. These two are friendship goals all the way. They’re able to uplift my mood in a matter of seconds.

    This book may focus on Leah’s character, but it doesn’t cha

    There is huge hype surrounding this new title, and I am unashamed to say that I put aside the twenty other books I was reading to focus solely on this one. (Sorry-not-sorry, my lovelies!)

    Because it’s that good. Because it’s that important. And because after watching the movie

    , I was dying for more Leah & Simon interactions. These two are friendship goals all the way. They’re able to uplift my mood in a matter of seconds.

    This book may focus on Leah’s character, but it doesn’t change the fact that it reads like a kind of sequel to

    , since it takes place one year after the events following Martin’s blackmail and we learn about what everyone is up to this year and the next, at college.

    I didn’t realize I missed each and every one of these characters so, so much until I started

    . Now I want more sequels and spin-offs and short stories… and… and a TV show! Give me everything. These stories are proof that we are headed in the right direction with regards to LGBTQIA+ rights and they make me feel a sort of good that can only be achieved otherwise by, like, eating ice cream and laughing with my girlfriends.

    I appreciate books that discuss how hard it is to come out and the fear of people judging who you are and who you love. But it’s also very refreshing to read about people who love and respect who they are so much that they’re saying, ‘‘The hell with gender roles and norms and society’s heterosexual agenda, I’m going to be who I am and never apologize for it.’’

    Having said that, Leah does want to come out as bisexual to her friends, and she knows it’s not going to be a big deal when she does, but she just isn’t ready yet. It doesn’t eat at her. It doesn’t keep her from sleeping well. She simply wants to figure some things out before.

    So although it’s a feel-good story in many ways, with plenty of teasing between friends, pop culture references and romantic moments, it nevertheless discusses more serious topics, like racism, relationships, insecurities, goodbyes and, of course, bisexuality. Highly recommended.

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  • Maria

    /5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    I finished this book in ten hours with some breaks in between. And I'm not saying that because it was so irresistible and I couldn't leave it down and I wanted to see how the plot was going to unfold, no. Because this book was extremely und

    /5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    I finished this book in ten hours with some breaks in between. And I'm not saying that because it was so irresistible and I couldn't leave it down and I wanted to see how the plot was going to unfold, no. Because this book was extremely underwhelming, couldn't even compare to its predecessor and it felt like the most flat thing I have read in a long period of time. If it was on its own, I would feel better about it, but a comparison is inevitable. Especially when the book is surrounding the same fucking characters from the previous one. You know the drill.

    I wanted to love this book so fucking much. When it came in the mail, I was so excited to start it. Kudos to the graphic designer who made this cover. Fucking amazing man. Love, from a fellow graphic designer. I love

    's covers, they all have such a unique artistic style. But anyways, this isn't the point. The point is, this book didn't remind me at all of

    . It didn't convey in me the same feelings this book did. I was just reading it just to finish it. I didn't have feelings throughout it, not for the romance, not for Leah, not for anything.

    - I adored the diversity throughout this book, I'm sure many people will learn from this book and receive positive messages from it. I'm very glad of this representation, even though I'm a straight white girl and can't understand their struggles. But I learn everyday from books like this one, too, like all of us.

    - I loved Leah's confidence when she wears that motherfucking Beauty and the Beast awesome dress and her dorky boots. I loved how the fact that Leah is overweight isn't considered a problem for anyone. It doesn't happen in real life many times and I'm glad it is portrayed here.

    - The gang was my favorite. It's fucking splendid how so many people can be together and have fun with each other. All of them different characters, all of them amazing on their own. I truly love this set of characters Becky has created. And I'm sure she loves them too.

    -

    . Because he deserves a whole section by himself. Because he was the best thing about this book. Can we get a new book with him as the narrator again please? Or a fucking series? Or a tv show? Or a movie trilogy? Can we get Simon and Bram being fucking adorable and just that? SIMON WAS THE BEST FUCKING THING ABOUT THIS BOOK. And that says a lot about it. I want more of this character. Please, Becky, give us more of this adorable, dorky, little peanut who loves Oreos and Bram too much. I beg of you. Half a star i give to this book more because of you, my beautiful gay geek. I LOVE YOU.

    - The humor. The author has an amazing sense of humor, and it showed in both of her books. It made the book lighter, more readable. I was chuckling at many moments and one liners. Leah's constant swearing was greatly appreciated by me, a fellow swearing sailor like her. Furthermore, the nerdy references are always my cup of tea in books. Born and raised nerd, what can I say?

    - Leah as a character wasn't my cup of tea. I liked her at times and hated her at times. But not like the feelings I got reading

    from

    , no, the bad ones. She is real, raw and I give her that but also rude and inconsistent. She didn't evolve as a character at all. She got no character development. I didn't like her attitude towards her mother, who was the sweetest woman and she was just trying to help her. and Leah was just being a bitch to her for no fucking reason. Also, the casting of

    for her part just didn't fit in my brain? The entire book I was picturing

    in an 18-year-old version as Leah. Sorry not sorry.

    - I HATED HER TREATMENT OF GARRETT'S FEELINGS. She was totally leading him on throughout the entire book, and then we didn't even get to find out how she told him about her and Abby. We were just told he has a thing for Morgan. Like... wtf? Garrett is the sweetest, kindest guy, he has a huge ass crush on you, you know for a long time and you just what? Leave him alone at the prom you agreed to go with him? Agreeing to go see him to his game and then leaving him on read? And when he thinks you were there, pretend that you were when you were at your house ignoring all his texts? I hated how we didn't get closure with the whole Garrett situation at the end. I just want to hug him and apologize for her and tell him that he is amazing and that he deserves everything for his dorky, oblivious self. And that love sometimes just strikes with different people.

    - The racist comment Morgan made. Yes, it was distasteful. Yes, she shouldn't have said it. Yes, you were right to call her out on it and make her apologize to Abby. But not take it to such serious matters. Not make Morgan quit the band, or end your friendship with her. And you, yourself, have said how her and Anna were there for you when you had no one. And we all know her reaction wouldn't have been the same if the comment was directed to Bram, for instance. It wasn't about political justice or whatever. It was because the comment was directed at Abby. Leah became one of those "woke" people on Twitter, who think they are above everyone else and they these perfect little bunnies who "cancel" people for the most obscure things. I hate that. Let a person apologize. Let them know about their mistake and give them space to think about it and apologize. Just don't fucking put people up the cross for the most inconsequential shit. Just don't.

    - The romance. I felt nothing. You need to know something about me. I'm a ship person. With movies, tv shows, books, I ship things so easily and jump off ships without even thinking twice, you wouldn't imagine. And every time I experience something new, I'm always the same kind of excited for a new ship to enter my vast vault of ships. But this one... smash or pass?

    . Maybe it's because I didn't like both characters as much? Maybe because I was comparing them to Simon and Blue from the previous book? Maybe both. I just couldn't feel it man. And I LOATHED how judgmental Leah was of Abby's "a little bit bi" coming out story. Like please, don't assume anyone's identity just because you have yours figured out. She needed her time, step by step, to realize some stuff. You don't have a right to judge her.

    - The ending. I had 20 pages left and I was confused. It's like she didn't know what to write as an ending, how to write the confrontation of what would happen after all the other characters would find out about Abby and Leah and she just... left it there. Hanging. I think the ending should have been done properly. It was a very sloppy, ten minute to write, ending.

    Overall, this book was a poor attempt to capture the magic of its predecessor. What can the hype do a person, huh? I'm very curious as to why this book is still so highly rated. It was extremely poor executed, the romance was hollow and uninteresting, the plot non existent and the main character (most of the times) unlikable. I'm very disappointed because I was very much hyped up for this book. Thank the Lord for Simon. I LOVE YOU SIMON SO MUCH.

    And till the next one K BYE!

    *every time I was reading the word "Athens" I was thinking of the capital of Greece "Athens" where I live, not some place in America I do not know about. Always funny to find weird Greek (but not so Greek this time) references in books. Thanks.

  • abby

    Is it possible for an author to write fanfiction of her own book? Because I'm pretty sure that's what I just read. This book went in a direction that many of Becky Albertalli's fans have been clamoring for and will no doubt enjoy. But readers who aren't invested in that specific endgame might find very little to love in

    Not even Simon can save it.

    It's difficult to give this book a proper review, because the major story line is being treated like a spoiler. It's involves a ro

    Is it possible for an author to write fanfiction of her own book? Because I'm pretty sure that's what I just read. This book went in a direction that many of Becky Albertalli's fans have been clamoring for and will no doubt enjoy. But readers who aren't invested in that specific endgame might find very little to love in

    Not even Simon can save it.

    It's difficult to give this book a proper review, because the major story line is being treated like a spoiler. It's involves a romance between Leah and another character, but I can't be more specific than that without giving away the farm.

    What I can tell you, is that as a reader who loved Albertalli's debut novel,

    , I really hated how the author had to rewrite so many aspects of that book to make this new story work. It's a personal pet peeve of mine when book series move the goalposts. It probably bothered me more here than usual because I love the original incarnation of these characters so much. Many of them are unrecognizable in this book, and Nick gets a straight up smear job. The trade off-- Leah's romance-- wasn't worth it to me. It felt fan-driven rather than organic.

    I look forward to forgetting this book ever happened.

  • Zoë

    Besides the romance and catching up with Simon, nothing else seemed to happen? This story had so much potential, from Leah coming out to her friends to her complicated relationship with her mom to the bittersweet feelings surrounding graduating high school. None of these were really delved into.

    Instead, we got a rushed romance that felt forced. I loved that we got bi rep, but I couldn't get fully on board with the couple especially considering the timing of it.

    Besides the romance and catching up with Simon, nothing else seemed to happen? This story had so much potential, from Leah coming out to her friends to her complicated relationship with her mom to the bittersweet feelings surrounding graduating high school. None of these were really delved into.

    Instead, we got a rushed romance that felt forced. I loved that we got bi rep, but I couldn't get fully on board with the couple especially considering the timing of it.

    Was it just me or was almost every character's personality off? This is most apparent with Abby and Nick, but even Simon felt like a strange fanfic version of himself. On top of that, the character development was almost nonexistent. Leah is a pretty unlikable character, which I

    to read about - if there's an arc.

    To sum up my feelings: AGH I wanted to love this book because we need more f/f romances, but I had many issues with it.

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