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  • Published: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241331057
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 350
  • RRP: $23.00

Leah On The Offbeat




Leah Burke - girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier's best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she's the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. 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.

  • Pub date: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241331057
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 350
  • RRP: $23.00

About the Author

Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.

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Praise for Leah On The Offbeat

“The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell”

Teen Vogue

“I love you, Simon. I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book”

Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

“A remarkable gift of a novel”

Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

“Both hilarious and heartbreaking . . . Readers will fall madly in love with Simon”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A brilliant beacon of optimism and cuteness for LGBTQA+ youth in a genre often bogged down with tragedy and heartbreak. Books like Simon do change people's lives”

Waterstones Darlington Bookseller

“A wonderfully charismatic story about coming-of-age and coming out”

Bookseller

“Funny, moving and emotionally wise”

Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“It made me laugh, cry and all the fifty shades of emotions I can think of right now. There is literally no adjectives that would be suffice to describe how brilliant this book is”

Goodreads (5 star review)

“I think I just felt my heart explode in my chest”

Goodreads (5 star review)

“One of the most electric, authentic characters I've ever read. . . I Love this book. Love it. Five freaking stars”

Goodreads (5 Stars)


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