Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Leah on the Offbeat

Title Leah of the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)
By Becky Allbertalli
Genre YA contemporary
Format Audio book
Rating ⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Leah has always felt like the odd one out in her group of friends. She's the daughter of a single working mother while her friends come from happy whole homes and she's bisexual and hasn't told her friends. Not even her best friend Simon who's openly gay. When her tight-knit group of friends hit a few bumps in the road on the way to their perfect senior year prom Leah will have to open up or risk losing her future happiness.

First Sentence
I don't mean to be dramatic but, God save me from Morgan picking our set list.

I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Albertalli's books right now. Have you noticed? I wanted to know how Leah's life panned out after Simon so I got my hands on this one and had a listen.

I don't know if I'm having and overload of her books or if I was in a mood or if it was Leah but I didn't really like this one. It was cute and had the great writing and dialogue Allbertalli is so good at but the story fell flat for me. I wasn't invested at all and I found Leah overly annoying and bitchy for my taste. Still, I feel like the author was true to Leah. She is who she is and makes no excuses. I just wish she didn't annoy me so much.

I was glad she got her happy ending and I enjoyed seeing Simon again but so far this has been my least favorite


17 comments:

  1. Ooh, too bad. I hate when new books by favorite authors fall flat.

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    1. It’s ok. It’s bound to happen occasionally.

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  2. I generally liked this book. I was happy to be back in Creekwood, but I feel like by selecting the love interest that Albertalli did for Leah, she ruined something I really liked. That was really the only part, which didn't work for me.

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    1. Yeah, that kind of bugged me too.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear this fell a bit flat for you, Jenny. I completely get the feeling of maybe being a bit overloaded on an author's writing. Still, I'm glad you thought Albertalli was true to Leah. I feel like one of the worst things an author can do is to completely change a character from one book to the next and mold them into something they aren't. Lovely review, Jenny!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  4. I read a review about this one a few weeks ago, and the reviewer mentioned Leah making someone feel bad because they were unsure about their sexuality. Like, she made the girl cry, but this was never addressed again and she didn't have any consequences for her actions. That alone really upset me and made me not want to read this book. I feel like she shouldn't have judged someone for being unsure, and she definitely should have apologized or had a consequence.

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Yeah. Leah is a bit of a bully and I think that’s half the reason I didn’t like this one.

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  5. Aw bummer! I've been on the fence with this one. I think I'm going to hold off for awhile.

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  6. That's too bad but maybe this one just wasn't for you. It's okay. :)

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    1. Yeah, I’ll still read the author’s other books.

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  7. I understand getting overloaded on one author.

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    1. That’s why I’m taking so long reading Liane Moriarty’s books.

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  8. Oh, hmm, I guess I need to flip back through to see what else you've read by Albertalli. I loved Simon, etc. but I don't remember the characters well enough to return to them, anyway. Since the author is going to be at our annual Book Festival, I might want to grab another of her books. Is there anything in particular you recommend?

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  9. Oh no. I know you were looking forward to this one. Maybe it was too soon?

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  10. Still haven't read anything by this author. So many books, sigh. Not complaining but don't you wish you could read full-time, ha.

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