Rant Review: "Leah on The Offbeat" by Becky Albertalli

Hello, everyone! If you`re expecting your usual dose of sunshine, I have terrible news for you. I`m pissed! One's most anticipated novels of 2018 ended up being the most disappointing. It's so bad, I don`t even want to pick another YA book any time soon. I might give up reading alltogether...well, not really, but you get the gist. As most of you might be aware, "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" is one of my favourite YA contemporary books. It`s heartwarming, funny, well-written. And I know that sometimes sequels can be underwhelming, but I never thought it will be this bad. If it weren`t for the few Simon/Blue moments, I might have thrown this book out the window.

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Although Leah was not my favourite character in the first book, I admired her spunk. But from the first pages of this novel, she got on my nerves. First of all, she must have an opinion on everything, and her opinion is the only one that matters and it`s valid. This got particularly infuriating when Abby comes out as a bisexual, and Leah proclaims that Abby is not bi enough. She invalidates her opinion, and that`s wrong on so many levels. I`m surprised that more people did not have a problem with this scene. Also, wasn`t Leah the one that gave Simon bullshit for not coming out? Hmmm...It`s OK, Leah is terrible to several people in this book. She gives her mum a hard time and refuses to accept her boyfriend. She strings a guy along and is a bad friend to Nick. She bullies her love interest.

Let`s talk about her love interest for a while. Now we`re supposed to believe that Leah and Abby were friends a long time ago, and they fell apart because/despite their spark. But wasn`t Leah upset in the first place because she thought Abby is stealing her group of friends? There were no hints of any friendship between these two. And I`m sorry, but Leah was a bitch, so I`m having a hard time figuring out why Abby fell for her. She had a boyfriend that treated her right and dumped him before prom. And I get that coming to terms with your sexuality is hard, but there was no buildup between these two (except that imaginary friendship we have to buy). Regardless, Leah was mean and a bully, I don`t care how they justify her behaviour. And they were both terrible friends...Nick was screwed over, let`s not hide behind the bush. There`s even a scene where Abby wishes Nick would have flirted with someone else, to make things easier. No, that would have made her flirting when she was in a relationship more acceptable. I`m so tired of people looking for excuses to justify their behaviour.

Like I said, I did not feel any buildup between Leah and Abby. I might have been on board if they were both at college, and something would have developed there over time. Honestly, the whole situation was rushed. Nobody had any character development, we can even talk about regression. I loved Abby in the first book. Here, she was just the love interest and object of teenage angst. Obviously, Nick got screwed over, and even Simon/Blue were a bit off. We covered earlier that Leah sucked, though I could bring more examples.

I really wish I could erase this book from my mind. I disliked the lack of character development or plot, for that matter. I hated the romance and useless drama. I`m mad that I wasted good hours reading this fanfic, and that it will haunt me every time I think about "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda". Now`s the time to find one of those machines from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and put me out of my misery.

2 comments

  1. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews of this one. I loved Simon Vs, but Leah is low on my priority list of books to read.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Just skip it. It tarnishes the wonderfulness of Simon.

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