Can you believe that we are into June already? I swear to god this year is going by so quickly! It feels like it was January last week. anyway, since it is Saturday (in June!) it is time for another book review, and this week it is a new release! What! That never happens! Lol (yes I am making fun of myself lol (I am very sleep deprived while writing this)). Today it is all about Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Let’s do this!
God, I fucking love Becky Albertalli! I have read all three of her books and have loved them all so much. Every time I pick up one of her books I instantly fall in love with the story and the characters. and Leah was no exception to this. It was so nice to step back into Creekwood and get to know Leah better.
I was super intrigued by Leah when I read Simon earlier this year and I was so excited when I found out that she was getting her own book. and it honestly didn’t disappoint. I loved how true to her character she stayed. I just love that girl. She is tough and sensitive, she is blunt and honest but can also be super caring and loving. She is fierce and sweet and funny. And just a really bad ass character. What I have always loved about her is how unapologetically honest she is. She doesn’t mince her words or lie. She is blunt and honest, and a bit bitchy, but she doesn’t come across as an arsehole because of it. She comes across as just really, real. and I love that. I also love the fact that she is curvy and nerdy and spends her time on Tumblr. She just resonates with people, because she is so normal.
And I really loved watching her trying to truly understand her own sexuality and figure out who she is and who she wants to be. What I really enjoyed about this book though was that we got to see her grow and change as a person while still holding onto herself. Sometimes in YA books the characters is completely unrecognisable by the end of the story. but that wasn’t the case with this book. Leah was still Leah at the end of it. just out and more comfortable in herself. Just happy.
I really loved this book. it was so nice to step back into this town and see our old friends again. I loved that we got to witness how a year has shaped everyone. We got to see how relationships have worked out (que Simon and Blue fangirling) and how friendships have evolved. I also really liked that we got some surprises from the characters and how they have changed. I just really liked that we got to see everyone again.
But I will admit that I wasn’t expecting some of the topics that this book dealt with. yes, I was expecting the sexuality element of the story but I wasn’t expecting the racism side of the story. but I am so glad that it was there. It was handled really well and realistically. I just love how much diversity Albertalli managers to weave into her books.
All I all I really loved this book. it was sweet and funny but also dealt with some very serious topics. I just loved every second of it. I cannot wait to pick up another Albertalli book.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read any of Albertalli’s books? What do you think of them? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.