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She sits like a queen on her wooden stool Cool and confident mistress of her land

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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… Continue reading Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

What makes a ‘good’ writer?

These are my favourite writers. It took a me a while to come up with this list, mostly because I was constantly second-guessing myself, wrestling with the question of whether they were ‘good writers’ or if their stories just ticked all the right boxes for me, and how much each factor should come into consideration (for more on this, see Part One). I’m going to go through the points which I believe make a great writer- to repeat, I believe, which is probably different to other opinions- illustrated with some examples.