Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli
Audible Audio, Unabridged
Published April 24th 2018 by Harper Audio
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 mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. 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.
So as you can probably tell by now when I read Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Beck Albertali I ended up going on a reading binge of Albertali's books. This is the last review of her's you will see for a few weeks but you will see her coauthoring a book in a few weeks.
Leah isn't a perfect character. She has flaws, she isn't "nice" she is angsty. She is angry, she is hurting. and I LOVED HER. I am so happy we go to see her side for senior year after spending time with Simon. It was a great look at a young person going through some STUFF in high school, and how you will and can make it through. From home life, to body issues, and again facing high school romance.
I really appreciated this book for so many reasons. And I really hope they make this into a movie too... Still haven't watched Love Simon... the sentiment still stands.
The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
Published April 11th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
The Upside of Unrequited was definitely the kind of story that had I read it in high school I probably wouldn't have like it. It was cute, and all about boys, and relationships and summer flings... but it was also about being a twin, having same sex parents, making friends, and growing up. And that is what made me like it. There was so much more to the story. I really enjoyed it and I hope you did too if you have read it what did you think?
Order The Frituals (Amazon)
My site https://www.katelyncostello.com/the-f...
Follow me on the interwebs:
Facebook: Author Katelyn Costello
A lover of words, reading and writing.