Leah on the Offbeat is a young adult novel written by Becky Albertalli. Although it is the third installment in the Creekwood Series, it is also a direct sequel to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, whereas the second book The Upside of Unrequited is more of a spin-off. The story follows Leah Burke and her struggle to come out as bisexual to her friends during her senior year of high school.
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.
- Leah Burke – The bisexual protagonist, who is struggling with coming out to her friends, especially since she has feelings for one of them
- Simon Spier – Leah's best friend, who is openly gay
- Abigail Suso – Leah's best friend