July 20, 2018

Series: Creekwood #2
Format: Hardcover

Pages: 343 pages
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins & Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062643800 


3.5 out of 5 stars

Leah on the offbeat is the second installment of the Creekwood series, and follow’s Leah in the year after the first installment about her best friend Simon in Simon VS. the Homo sapiens Agenda and also features characters and moments mentioned in The Upside of Unrequited. Leah is a second-year Creekwood high, Band drummer, and Simon’s best friend, and deals with her secret of not daring to come out of the closet to her best friend and family. when prom comes around for Leah and her friends, the group of close-knit friends starts falling apart. Simon and Bram don’t see anyone else standing, Abby and her boyfriend Nick starts fighting and Leah falls in love with someone unexpected.

Once again, Becky Albertalli focuses on the relationships in her story, but this time forgets to properly introduce and flesh out her characters. This results in the book having a big variety of relationships in all kinds of situations in life. There’s Leah’s relationship with her mother and boyfriend, Abby and Nick are falling apart, Simon and Bram’s starting gay relationship and Leah’s love that’s starting to blossom. Sadly, because the book didn’t further introduce of flesh out characters they all felt very flat and like they were just there for the sake of being there.

The characters we’ve known from Simon VS the Homo sapiens Agenda and the Upside of Unrequited were very fun to meet and read about again, but also they didn’t develop much more of a backstory than they already had from the previously released books. I feel this is a shame because while the book was still enjoyable it felt like an unnecessary installment in the series.

If you’re looking for a cute and quick contemporary to read, definitely pick up this book! but don’t go in expecting to learn a lot more of all the characters you already met and know, because they stayed practically the same.

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