My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – it was so funny and gave me ALL the feels. I legitimately read it in four hours and wanted to start reading it again as soon as I was finished. Obviously, go read Simon vs. first if you have not and then pick up this gem!
Leah was an interesting character in Simon v. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but did not receive as much character development as she could have gotten. That being said, while I loved her in Leah on the Offbeat – she also could have been a more fleshed out character. There were times when I felt that her character was a little one-dimensional, but I still enjoyed her development over the course of the novel. I really enjoyed the ship in the novel, it was super cute despite being frustrating at times and I was rooting for them to get together.
It was nice getting to see the familiar faces from Simon vs., although just like with Leah’s characterization I felt that they seemed a little one-dimensional at times. It was this retreading of old ground and over-the-top characterizations that made me take a half a star off the rating. Other than that, I thought this book was a beautiful and feel-good contemporary.