Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub Date: April 24, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 343
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★★
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Book Review: Another Day by David Levithan

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

My review:

“Part of the problem is words. The fact that there are separate words for he and she, him and her. I’ve never thought about it before, how divisive this is. Like maybe if there was just one pronoun for all of us, we wouldn’t get so caught on that difference.”

This was a great read. I knew it would be.

I had to read a few chapters before I realized that this wasn’t really a sequel to Every Day, but more of a re-telling from Rhiannon’s point of view. It has been months, maybe years, since I’ve read that book, so this was almost like reading it again for the first time. Needless to say, Levithan is a great writer and the premise of this story is incredible. He really makes you think. I was reminded all over again why I enjoyed the first book so much. The only reason I’m not giving this book 5 stars is because I believe it should have ended with Every Day.

★★★★ (4 stars) for raising great questions about the use of pronouns and the effects of assigning labels to people and things. And what it means to care for someone’s insides.