Leah on the Off­beat

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Becky Al­ber­talli

Pen­guin, 368 pages, €11

In this se­quel to the much-praised Simon vs the Homo Sapi­ens Agenda — sub­se­quently adapted as the pop­u­lar film, Love, Simon — we fol­low Simon’s best friend, Leah, as she comes to terms with chang­ing friend­ships, first love, and the anx­i­eties that come with be­ing in school

Leah is a drum­mer, hence the ti­tle, and while she’s usu­ally on beat, her every­day life hasn’t been so rhyth­mic. The only child of a young, sin­gle mum, her life is de­cid­edly less priv­i­leged than that of her friend group. She loves to draw but is too self-con­scious to show her work. And even though her mum knows she’s bi­sex­ual, she hasn’t mus­tered the courage to tell her friends — not even the openly gay Simon.

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