Can’t get enough of Simon and his friends now that you’ve finished Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and going to see Love, Simon)? Leah on the Offbeat has you covered. Simon’s (occasionally contentious) best friend Leah loves her group of friends (I mean, this group is pretty fantastic), but if you ask her you’re more likely to get a sarcastic comment over a heartfelt answer. Always feeling slightly out of place, living with her single (young) mom in a small apartment, always aware of how much things cost where most of her friends home lives appear to be straight out of a sitcom, being overweight (although most days she’s comfortable with the way she looks) and bisexual (although she’s only out to her mother, despite having a gay best-friend), doesn’t help. Senior year is beginning to wrap up and college everyone’s mind – college visits, acceptances, rejections, and how choices will impact relationships. Leah is on the verge of graduating with never having kissed anyone, but Garrett keeps popping up, awkwardly and excitedly, and then there’s Abby Suso. Abby, who is dating one of her best-friends. Abby, who she avoids getting too close to. Abby, who she can’t seem to form coherent sentences around.
Funny, witty, and a bit messy (because life always is), Leah’s story is an excellent follow up to Simon’s and now I’m dying to follow this group as they head off to college.