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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 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 realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell

Teen Vogue

I love you, Simon. I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book

Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

A remarkable gift of a novel

Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

Both hilarious and heartbreaking . . . Readers will fall madly in love with Simon

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A brilliant beacon of optimism and cuteness for LGBTQA+ youth in a genre often bogged down with tragedy and heartbreak. Books like Simon do change people's lives

Waterstones Darlington Bookseller

A wonderfully charismatic story about coming-of-age and coming out


Funny, moving and emotionally wise

Kirkus Reviews (starred)

It made me laugh, cry and all the fifty shades of emotions I can think of right now. There is literally no adjectives that would be suffice to describe how brilliant this book is

Goodreads (5 star review)

I think I just felt my heart explode in my chest

Goodreads (5 star review)

One of the most electric, authentic characters I've ever read. . . I Love this book. Love it. Five freaking stars

Goodreads (5 Stars)

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  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018


    350 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Leah On The Offbeat
    Becky Albertalli



    May 3, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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I don't mean to be dramatic, but God save me from Morgan picking our set list. That girl is a suburban dad’s midlife crisis in a high school senior’s body.

Case in point: she’s kneeling on the floor, using the keyboard stool as a desk, and every title on her list is a mediocre classic rock song. I’m a very tolerant person, but as an American, a musician, and a self-respecting human being, it is both my duty and my privilege to blanket veto that shit.

I lean forward on my stool to peer over her shoulder. “No Bon Jovi. No Journey.”

“Wait, seriously?” says Morgan. “People love ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.’”

“People love meth. Should we start doing meth?” Anna raises her eyebrows. “Leah, did you just—”

“Did I just compare ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ to meth?” I shrug. “Why, yes. Yes I did.”

Anna and Morgan exchange a capital-L Look. It’s a Look that says here we go, she’s about to dig her heels in.

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