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Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

Écrit par Becky Albertalli

Raconté par Shannon Purser


Leah on the Offbeat

Écrit par Becky Albertalli

Raconté par Shannon Purser

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4/5 (361 évaluations)
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7 heures
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Sortie:
Apr 24, 2018
ISBN:
9780062822932
Format:
Livre audio

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In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, 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.

She's an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

It's hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Apr 24, 2018
ISBN:
9780062822932
Format:
Livre audio


À propos de l'auteur

Becky Albertalli is the number one New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); The Upside of Unrequited; Leah on the Offbeat; the Simonverse novella Love, Creekwood; What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera); Yes No Maybe So (cowritten with Aisha Saeed); and most recently, Kate in Waiting. Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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  • (4/5)
    where is my girlfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • (2/5)
    I loved "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" which made this book a profound disappointment. Two weaknesses.First, the plot is thin for a 300+ page book. A group of high school seniors (the same group we met in Simon) is close to graduation. They are planning their lives after high school, and getting ready for the prom. Several tangled relationships are what the entire book is about, primarily bisexual protagonist Leah's crush on heterosexual (or is she?) Abby. These relationships and crushes are discussed ad nauseam.The second and more serious problem is that Leah is simply a loathsome character. All of her friends are wonderful people... kind, thoughtful, generous, polite... Leah is moody, angry, ill tempered, selfish, jaded and generally a miserable person. She uses profanity like punctuation marks. (Granted, some people talk like that, particularly some teens. I myself do not enjoy being in the presence of such people, and neither do I enjoy reading a book in which obscenities are on nearly every page.) I found it impossible to believe that Leah's set of wonderful friends would ever have welcomed her into their clique, or that she would even want to be a part of their clique. I definitely couldn't imagine either Abby or Garrett having a crush on her, because there just wasn't anything in her personality to like.In the end, she seems to have learned nothing, gained no insights into life, and is still a dreadfully self-centered and obnoxious person... but she gets everything she wanted.I'll give it 1/2 star above one for a few chuckles here and there... especially when the whole gang goes to the dinner that Garrett kindly made reservations for on prom night.
  • (4/5)
    Leah and her friends are all getting ready to attend prom, finish high school, and move on to college, which leads to a lot of confusion and messy emotions. For Leah in particular, a lot is up in the air as she has not told any of her friends about her bisexuality or where her romantic feelings lie.This sequel to Simon versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda takes on the perspective of another member in Simon's friend group. It's an interesting way to still have a 'problem novel' that deals with the same characters while allowing the previous protagonist to continue to live his happy ending. Leah is another compelling character, although having her interior thoughts really helps with that. I found myself a bit frustrated with her from time to time when she was making problems worse by never speaking up. However, that is true to life and especially to teens, which is fitting with Albertalli's writing style that has a good grip on high school students and their issues (good or bad). Here she does tackle a number of heavy issues (e.g., racism, fat shaming, etc.), although in a fashion that still feels entertaining on the whole. Once again, the happy ending might be a little too neat for some readers, but it's nice to occasionally have a book that isn't all doom and gloom.For the audiobook reader, Shannon Purser did a decent job. I felt like her narration style fit Leah's character well, but she didn't do a lot of very distinct voices, which could get a bit tricky in scenes heavy with dialogue. Her enunciation wasn't always super clear either meaning sometimes something like "fan girl" could sound like "fang earl" for a moment. After a while though, I got used to her style of speech and that seemed to help.
  • (5/5)
    "I’m pretty sure this is the kind of crush you can die from."I loved "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" and I think this book was even better. :)"“It was amazing,” I say. “It was unicorns vomiting sunbeams.”"
  • (4/5)
    This book was so cute! Yay for bi representation, and for talking about how confusing it is when girls flirt with other girls. I only had a few minor quibbles with the book - the ending felt a little rushed, but I loved getting a book about Leah's perspective and story. It captured the stressful frenzy of college acceptance in senior year of high school, and the realization that your friend groups and relationships will change when college begins, whether you're ready or not. (Also, this book features the best prom dinner reservation mix-up ever. I can't stop laughing.)
  • (4/5)
    This is a sequel of sorts to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (aka Love, Simon), revisiting a lot of the same characters, although with Leah (the drummer) as the main character. The group is now in its senior year of high school and they're dealing with college choices, relationships, upcoming prom, etc. Leah is decidedly bisexual, but hasn't revealed this fact to any of her friends.I'm not going to lie. I loved Simon's book and I don't feel like any of Albertalli's follow-ups have been as good as that one. And that's okay. As with all of Albertalli's YA novels, there's lots of diversity in this one, and while that's good, I sort of feel like I did with her previous The Upside of Unrequited -- that she almost tried too hard to pack too much of it in there. And with Leah, you almost have to take her with a grain of salt. Simon was cute and adorable and endearing. Leah is more annoying and often unlikable, but yet in all honesty, she's probably a more realistic portrayal of a moody, dramatic teenager. So there's that. All in all, an enjoyable story with a decent amount of humor and fun banter back and forth between characters.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed the book! Becky Albertalli strikes again, I don’t really know what to start after this since I’ve read all of her books now.
    Also, Shannon Purser is the perfect narrator for this story!
  • (5/5)
    absolutely loved this book! Leah's character grows so much. Becky Albertalli does it again!
  • (2/5)
    The ending was nice but I was only living for Simon and Bram through most of the story.
  • (4/5)
    I loved Simon Vs. The Homo Saipens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited, but this book didn't click as much! Becky is my girl, and she's lucky her writing is great! The writing is fluent. But I couldn't get down with the romance. It felt a little to obvious who was going to end up with who. I'm happy I got to see my babies back, but I feel like The Upside of Unrequited was better. This is worth the read, but the plot is a little problematic this time.
  • (4/5)
    This is book it great but I just don’t understand how it happened. At all. I guess Becky needed a love interest for Leah and Abby was right there. I don’t know. It’s weird. There’s no signs of it anywhere in the simonverse but I guess. It was still good. I loved seeing Simon, Bram and Nick again. Still recommend this book.
  • (2/5)
    2.5. Very predictable premise. A real annoying lead character. Just mehhh on the lower end of the scale.
  • (4/5)
    This was so beautiful I can't even!

    I honestly didn't connect that much with Leah in the first book and to be frank she seemed like a dick, but then I read this book. And HOLY CRAP I LOVE LEAH!

    I LOVED being in her head and reading her thoughts, I think Becky did really well in portraying Leah's anxiety and how she keeps overthinking stuff. I related to her in so many ways it hurts.

    I was so happy to see my babies from [b:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda19547856Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)Becky Albertallihttps://images.gr-assets.com/books/1402915678s/19547856.jpg27679579] playing a big part in this book. I was literally grinning like an idiot whenever Simon and Bram made an appearance (They're so precious bloody hell!)

    I really enjoyed this book, it was so light and fun to go through! I hope there would be more books in the Simonverse bc I can't seem to have enough!

    Oh and one more thing:
    Dear Garette, just in case you don't find the perfect someone for you

    He's so cute and funny and adorable I just can't take it!

  • (2/5)
    I wanted to like this so bad, but I just couldn’t get past how negative Leah was about everything. And not only was she a very unlikable character, the story didn’t seem to have a very definite plot line until the second half of the book.
  • (3/5)
    Everything felt too forced for my taste. I am really disappointed
  • (1/5)

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    I was quite excited to read this novel as I really enjoyed Simon versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it earlier this year. However, I'm disappointed to say that this book really disappointed me on every level. However, credit where credit's due, let's start with the couple of positive points that this novel had going for it.Firstly, the novel is wonderfully diverse containing a lot of people of colour and lesbian, gay and bisexual characters. Leah herself is an overweight bisexual girl, which alone made her a (sadly) very unusual protagonist for a young adult novel. For all my faults with the story, I will give it points for its diversity, even though it was not quite as bold as Simon versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda in the way that it tackled themes that affect these groups.The novel does do a decent job of showing the complexity of high school relationships as it really is a story about drama. It shows how brittle teen relationships can be when friendships can be broken for really inconsequential reasons and groups can be divided due to the romantic entanglements of friends. However, for me, this made things very tiring to read. The characters in the novel - especially Leah - could come across as being very fickle and often made angsty mountains out of molehills. In terms of plot, the story certainly had its problems. While the novel is simply written and very easy to get in to, it doesn't really have a plot at all. It merely follows Leah in her day to day live in her run up to the Prom. Because of this, it never seemed to have the focus of its prequel. It was more of a string of loosely connected events. Because of this, the story didn't even end well. The ending was kind of rushed, smooshing Leah and the object of her desires together in the last few pages and giving no real indication of how this affected other members of their friendship group, other than a brief summary in the epilogue email.The story also didn't feel like a sequel to Simon versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I saw another reviewer accuse the book of feeling like a fan-fiction and this actually sums up my feelings pretty well. There is just something a little off about all the characters. There are small retcons in the world building that subtly change the story, just to make this book work. Yet, bigger than this, some characters appear to be totally different to how I remembered them.The biggest problem I had with the book was Leah herself. Leah was a little melodramatic in Simon versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but in this book I found her insufferable. She's rude to everyone, takes everything personally and makes everyone's problems about her. The scene that really got my back up was when one character came out as bisexual and Leah totally shot her down. Because the character was not as bisexual as she was, she refused to recognise their identity. And never apologised for this. Seriously Leah, you completely break off all ties with one friend due to a racist comment they make, but you can be pretty homophobic...Yet other characters in the novel didn't quite feel the same either. While Simon and Bram are still lovely, Nick is a completely different character in this book. He shows a vindictive side that I never would have imagined of him in the previous book. I was also left a bit sad by the character of Garrett. He proved to be pretty sweet in this novel, yet is completely abused by Leah who leads him on for the entire story, despite not actually fancying him. I mean, even at Prom he's going out of his way to make her happy while she's trying to actively avoid him. After she made a big fuss about how Simon and Bram should talk about their problems. Seriously Leah. What the *$%&?So yeah, this novel angried up my blood a little. Perhaps I would consider reading more of Albertalli's work in the future, so long as it wasn't centred on Leah. However, I kind of wish that I hadn't picked up this on.

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  • (4/5)

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    Leah on the offbeat was relatable on so many levels and I loved it for that! This would be a 5 star review if the book were a bit different. One of them being the fact that this book was pretty character driven and a bit less plot driven. Which sometimes made me miss a plot in the book. I love these characters but I was just hoping for a bit more of an actual plot to happen. Plus the amount of swearing in the book actually really annoyed me. But like I said if it weren't for those two things, this would've been a 5 star book.

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  • (3/5)

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    I enjoyed some aspects of this but not all. i loved Leah and I love her love interest and love them together, but I felt like this was written in a rush and there wasn't enough grounding to the story itself. The narrator is great!

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  • (4/5)
    “I shrug and clasp my hands, feeling suddenly small in Garrett’s hoodie. It’s that girlfriend feeling again, not that I’ve ever been anyone’s girlfriend. But I imagine it feels like this. Like I’m this tiny precious wanted thing.” We first meet Leah in Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda when she is introduced as one of Simon’s best (if not slightly angsty) friends. Although we don’t know it in the first book, Leah is bisexual, but she has yet to come out to any of her friends. In this installment, we follow her through her senior year of high school as she navigates through firsts and lasts, and really grows into herself. There were a lot of things I liked about this book. I liked getting little glimpses into the lives of Simon and Molly (from The Upside of Unrequited). I liked watching Leah grow up and become more kind and more empathetic to her fellow classmates. I liked all quotable moments (and there were a lot). I liked being able to relate to the fear of putting yourself out there and trying something new. I liked that I can laugh and cry in the span of just a few pages. I [obviously] LOVED all the Harry Potter references. However, of Becky Albertalli’s book, I think this one was my least favorite. Part of the reason for this is that Leah is not a very likeable character. She has a lot of angst going on, and she is kind of b**** sometimes. She holds grudges, she is so stubborn, and she is self-centered. While I still enjoyed reading about life at Creekwood High School through Leah’s eyes, I didn’t connect with her the same way I connected with Simon and Molly. My favorite parts in this book involved Simon (sometimes with Leah... and sometimes just Simon). I am still SO glad I read this book; I flew through it! In a lot of ways, this books reminded me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I anticipate that if you enjoyed that one, or either of Becky Albertalli’s other books, you will enjoy this as well! I genuinely hope Becky Albertalli never ever stops writing. She knows how to write real characters and real(ish) high school relationships. I know she co-authored another book with Adam Silvera set to come out this fall, and I could not be more excited. Thank you, Becky Albertalli, for another beautiful story.My rating: 4/5 stars.“‘Am I the worst person?’ ‘Well, no,’ says Simon. ‘That would be Voldemort.’”
  • (4/5)
    It’s spring of senior year. Everybody is talking about prom, and college, and Leah is feeling just a little out of step with her friends. Sure, she’s going to college, but she’s going to state school where she got a scholarship, rather than taking her pick of private schools up and down the east coast. As for prom, well, who knows? But the biggest issue is the secret she’s never told any of them, not even her best friend Simon...I spent this whole book hating Leah, then loving her, then hating her, then loving her again. And laughing, because Albertalli’s writing is simply hilarious, even in the midst of the record-breaking amounts of drama Leah and her friends were generating. Since this book is a proper sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I highly recommend reading that book first (and not just watching the movie; honestly, and you call yourself a book lover?). A few of the characters from The Upside of Unrequited get mentioned, but not so much that you will feel like you’re missing anything if you skipped that one (though I do not recommend that course of action). This is such a fun book!
  • (3/5)

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    loved this (except, sadly, Leah herself). But whoever was reading this, yikes.

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  • (5/5)

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    Omg I relate to Leah on sooooo many levels. I loved this book and I loved every single one of the Harry Potter references. I need to buy this book.

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  • (4/5)

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    This is the perfect story to continue with after the first simon book

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  • (5/5)

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    THSI IS THE VEST FUCKING BOOK EVER me being a lesbian was very FUCKING proud of this <3

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  • (5/5)

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    Great book. Quintessential coming of age YA novel about a high school senior navigating the trials of her final year before leaving home.

    The voice felt authentic. No forced drama or over the top antics. This is the 2nd book in the series but I never felt lost despite not reading the 1st.

    I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator to be engaging and the perfect fit for Leah.

    The fact that Leah is bisexual and overweight as well as dry humored and basically a good person is a nice bonus. And the f/f HEA? Cherry on top.

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  • (4/5)

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    I appear to be on a roll and back in the swing of reading after slowly getting through a few books last month. I loved Simon so when I was processing this one at work I had to take it home. It was cute, fun, satisfying and I enjoyed it a lot. I loved Leah in the first book so it was great getting to read her story. And Simon and Bram ??. 4????

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