Leah on the Offbeat–Becky Albertalli

Good morning! Let’s talk books! More importantly LGBTQ+ books.

So apparently Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda fans were bombarding the author with information on HER characters and one of them was that Leah is bisexual.

Sure she had a thing for Simon, but she was also interested in girls. Which is why she was always so surly. Because she knew but wasn’t admitting it quite yet to herself.

This book was so dang good. 

I think that anyone should read it because it was just sweet and shows you how to be kind and not to ever fucking say “It’s just a phase” to bi-people because BLOODY HELL JUST STOP THAT.

Why do people think it’s okay to tell other people what their sexual orientation is??? 

I never understood that.

I remember one of my friends being SO SCARED to tell me they were bi and I was like ‘Okay cool.” and shrugged. I was 14 I think. And living in a small town where that stuff “never happens.” 

(I’m sure it did but no one ever fucking talked about it because it was the 90s and my hometown was a loveable but stunted place. I say ‘was’ because the whole town has managed to grow up a lot since then. Really quite amazing.)

I’ve had plenty of people admit to having feels for members of the same sex and each time my reaction is basically the same: “Okay cool. Do you have anyone you’re interested in right now?” And basically continuing to talk to them like they are a person because (spoiler alert) THEY ARE A FUCKING PERSON. Plus I loooove when my friends are falling for people and I get very excited about it. I’m that person you need when you want to talk about who you like or love over and over again. I love that level of honesty.

Ain’t no shame ladies do your thang. Missy Elliott. Never wrong.

This book and Simons should be read in schools and be required reading because DAMN. 

They are sweet, funny, smart, and the characters are so loveable and kind and deserve everything in the world. 

I love reading LGBTQ+ books because it always opens my world a little bit more. And I love that. 

Constant vigilance.

leah

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