Book review : Leah on the off beat by Becky Albertalli was book 138 of my #goodreadschallenge of 2018.
It's the sequel of Simon vs The homo sapiens agenda. We're back in Creekwood high school, a year after Simon's story. This time, the narrator is his friend Leah. We follow her during her senior year as she deals with hiccups in both her love life and within her group of friends.
Well, I'm a bit torn about that one. On the one hand, Albertallli deals with important teenage issues : body image, normalising LGBT love stories , peer pressure etc. And she does teenage angst and the nostalgic feeling of the last year of high school really well.
On the other hand, I had really enjoyed Simon vs. the homosapiens agenda because Simon was hilarious (without being mean) and the plot was intriguing. Leah is insecure, she's always over thinking, she has very set moral high grounds and her defense mechanism is sarcasm. It all makes her a great, realistic teenage character.
It also made her really annoying to me. God knows , how she has two love interests and so many friends ,as she hardly talks, let alone be kind to anyone. .
Her sharp comments were at times laugh at loud funny but it wasn't enough to win me over. Overall, the love story was sweet but I found the plot a bit thin.
I also disliked how both Simon and Nick seem to be two different characters from the last book. .
2.5 or 3 out of 5 for me ( still not sure haha). .
Have you read it? What did you think? Have you ever been disappointed by a sequel ? .
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