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Leah On The Offbeat

Title

Leah On The Offbeat

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780062643803

Pages

343 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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 centre 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 realises she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Divorce; Bisexuality; Homosexuality; single mother; divorced parents; bisexual teenager; gay teenagers; same sex relationship

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

female/female; male/male; male/female

Keywords

high school; college; prom; friendships; relationships; drumming; band; overweight girl

Diversity Impact

direct

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