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.
Oh! This was gorgeous! Such an important and fascinating book! I laughed so hard! Leah is one of the most amazing characters I’ve ever met! Plus she is the coolest nerd ever!
I loved Leah SO freaking much! She is epic! She’s hilarious and utterly sarcastic! She often notices how sometimes she can be a bitch, which is a thing I loved about her because she definitely can be one, believe me! But I just loved her anyway? She wasn’t like that with the meaning of being mean, she was just… moody? Her emotions were everywhere and she was a very expressive and an “easy to explode” type of person. But she is also a very warm-hearted, friendly and loyal person and I believe it impossible not to love her. She is just so badass! Plus she is a freaking drummer! She is a nerd… And a drummer! I mean… She is goals! I did have some tiny parts I really wnated to slap her, but somehow I got her… Her personality and way of being, so it was kind of minor thing.
This book has both AMAZING romance and AMAZING friendship in it. The relationship between Leah and her mom was one of the best I’ve read about, it was a bit “Gilmore Girls” -like in a way. They were so connected and that connection really felt special! Even when Leah was being bitchy, her mom was just the best thing ever! It was really different and heart-warming.
I also have to mention Garrett. He was such a sweet character! I need a book on him ASAP! I already loved Simon and Bram and we have a book on them (although I can’t say I would mind more – set in university) but Garret was one of the characters I most loved in this book! He is so adorkable!
There are just so many good and well-developed characters in this book! But one of the best things about this book has to be the humor! It’s just what I love – it’s so incredibly sarcastic! Leah’s expressions are to die for! I put some below if you wanna check them out, but there’s just a lot of moments that are so much fun! Like: “You can’t just like Harry Potter. You have to be balls-out obsessed with it.” I mean, balls-out obsessed… I just love her expressions!!! Also, that quote is freaking true!! Also: “I am such a dick. Like, I’m an actual flaccid penis of a person.” I have no comments. Just appreciate the awesomeness of it.
But there’s another thing I absolutely loved about this book – there’s SO many bookish things and pop culture references in it! Like the first quote, I said above and so many more!
Also, LGBTQIA+ aspect of this book is amazing! It shows how hard it can be to come out, how you always tend to think first of what others might think, might say,… But this book is a bit different. It’s not that Leah is afraid of coming out, it’s that sometimes people just need their time to put things in order, it’s their life, after all, everyone should be able to just have their time and figure out things. It was just a different perspective since normally we have the “afraid of” perspective.
This was an amazing book! I even teared a bit… It was so emotional, hard at times, and beautiful! And oh my… Just SO important!! I wish I had this when I was younger but as I didn’t, I hope it helps others, as I think it would have helped me back then! Highly recommend it!
Also, this is possibly the best book with a prom setting on it! I’ve read many highschool-set books but the prom part of this book was just goals! Also, like I said before, I did have some very small parts I wasn’t the biggest fan of, but overall it was amazing and you should totally read it!
“I swear, people can’t wrap their minds around the concept of a fat girl who doesn’t diet. Is it that hard to believe I might actually like my body?”
“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”
“I hate when assholes have talent. I want to live in a world where good people rule at everything and shitty people suck at everything.”
“I used to think boners literally pointed in the direction of the person you’re attracted to, like a compass. That would be helpful. Mortifying as fuck, but at least it would clarify things.”
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