Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. If you click on the cover, it will have a link to its Goodreads page.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
It will be released on April 24, 2018, by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.
I am not the most eloquent person on Earth but I hope you will understand what I am trying to say here.
I am EXCITED! When I first found out that Becky was working on a companion novel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and it’s all about Leah. I was so happy. I loved and still love her because her character matches me. I am not skinny, not by any mean. To see Leah being fierce and being herself, it made me feel like, “okay, I can be fierce and be proud.” I am not a teen but seeing her being just that inspired me. So excited for April.
I love the cover! Seeing a beautiful fat teen on a YA cover made me happy. I was thrilled. We, most of the time, see skinny girls/women, which is great because they are actually out there. I just wish we get to see ourselves more often, on the cover as well and show that we can be awesome.
I love the color combos! I love the typography. It matches Simon well but at the same time, it shows this is all about Leah, not Simon.
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.