Fans of YA fiction will be excited to learn that Becky Albertalli, author of The Upside of Unrequited and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is set to release two books next year, one of which will be a sequel.
Those who are already acquainted with Albertalli’s charming love stories, which reveal the inner workings of the teenage mind when faced with first love, friendship, and fitting in, will not be surprised to hear that her next work will feature a familiar character.
Leah on the Off Beat, a direct sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is set to release in April 2018, according to Epic Reads, who revealed the stunning cover last week (November 17). The novel is set to be told from the perspective of Leah, who is Simon’s best friend, and will continue to touch on themes of love, identity and sexuality.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: 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 worked up the nerve 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.
Slowly but surely, Albertalli has been building up the universe originally found in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, as short appearances were made in The Upside of Unrequited by familiar characters. As her world continues to expand, it will be refreshing to learn about new characters while making connections between universes.
Next on the list of Albertalli’s 2018 release list includes What If It’s Us, a collaborative effort with Adam Silvera, set to be published collaboratively under two HarperCollins imprints, HarperTeen and Balzer + Bray next fall.
What If It’s Us, like Albertalli’s other novels, will incorporate LGBTQ+ themes and follows two boys, Arthur and Ben, and their budding romantic relationship. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the novel is an inter-woven account of their relationship, with Albertalli writing from Arthur’s perspective and Silvera writing from Ben’s perspective, after the two meet by chance in a post office.
In addition to two brand new releases, fans of Albertalli’s work can expect new editions of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, thanks to the upcoming release of the film adaptation, Love, Simon, which is set to premiere in theaters on March 16, 2018.