Leah on the Offbeat
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.