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Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 6 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from Leah on the Offbeat
“I feel stronger when I look cute.”
“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”
“But I know what it’s like to be not good enough, in some bone-deep fundamental way.”
“I swear, people can’t wrap their minds around the concept of a fat girl who doesn’t diet. Is it that hard to believe I might actually like my body?”
About Becky Albertalli
Becky Albertalli is the author of Leah on the Offbeat, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and What If It’s Us. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens was made into a major motion picture titled Love, Simon. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a doctorate in clinical psychology. Visit the author’s website →