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Club 1117 Review Crew

by Maria C., Old Mill Senior High School

Leah on the Offbeat is about Leah's life according to her. She's the best friend of the main character from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. This is her story, living in Georgia, trying to band her life together facing rocky friendships and personal issues such as self-esteem with her body image and figuring out her sexuality. She's a drummer in a rock band with friends, so I hope you enjoyed the puns I just mentioned.

Those looking for the representation of sexuality, diversity, bodies or having single parents, you may relate to Leah and want to read this. It started off on a good note, with how life has been for Leah and the group of friends from Creekside High School.

However reading on, this could've been written better. It wasn’t realistic with the advancing plot. Most people were getting into colleges without much explanation. Also, there was an unnecessary conflict with people denying that colleges accept minorities for diversity. It happens, but they were shaming a white person who had better test scores and motivation for a certain college than someone else that got in possibly because of their color. This could've been settled down with characters talking it out, because it's an ugly truth. Maybe the other person had better grades, extracurriculars or wrote better essays? Others may see this differently and like this for the drama. I didn't. But, at least I gave the book a chance and reviewing it helped me build up my constructive criticism.

Click here to check out Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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