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Leah on the Offbeat

By Rachel Sarah, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartfelt sequel of bisexual teen trying to come out.

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Leah isn't always an easy character to like in this heartfelt sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Leah is Simon's best friend). She can be moody and downright angry with both her mother and her friends. For example, when Leah's mom surprises her with a new purchase, Leah responds with a FaceTime call to her mom at work, and the first thing Leah says is, "What the hell is this?"

In contrast to Becky Albertalli’s previous, Morris Award-winning Simon, Leah on the Offbeat moves at a slower pace, and sometimes the plot feels disconnected. But in Leah's defense, it's refreshing to see a frank, body-positive teen character who doesn't hold back from saying what she thinks.

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