Becky Albertalli (1982) started writing in primary school. She wrote stories about her pets and by her twelfth birthday she had already written an entire play. The American has since created an entire universe across three novels, the ‘Simon-verse’, which has resulted in her being one of the most widely read young adult writers around today. Becky Albertalli made her debut in 2015 with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was successfully turned into the film Love, Simon. Characters from this also appeared in her second book The Upside of Unrequited. The recently published Leah on the Offbeat is the direct follow-up to Simon and forms the third part of the popular universe.
“Via his high school’s Tumblr page, Simon (16), who is secretly gay, comes into contact with a boy who posts an almost poetic message about his loneliness as a homosexual in the closet under the pseudonym Blue. The premise is slightly like a soap opera, but Becky Albertalli knows how to lift this contemporary high school drama to a higher level with her confident tone, lively characters and often valuable input.” (Bas Maliepaard in Trouw).