Title: Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Date Published: 20th April 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary
From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.
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Best friends, and contrary to popular belief, not co-dependent. Examples:
Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.
Enter Stage Left: Matt Olsson
He is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.
Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…
I want to thank The Write Reads Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve heard such good things about Becky Albertalli books but this is actually the first I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last!
Kate in waiting was a combination of humour, teen angst and a good dollop of the awws!
Now I’m probably not the age range that this book is aimed at, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying every minute of it!
The story follows sixteen-year-old Kate and her best friend Anderson, who share everything, even crushes. It’s all fun until their summer crush Matt turns up at their school and they both fall for him hard. Their friendship comes into question all to the backdrop of their annual musical.
What I loved about this book was how real the characters felt, their conversations, their friendships and even the language they used. Anderson and Kate’s friendship was the kind that you want, that they know you so well it’s like they can read your mind.
Reading this made me feel so nostalgic, it reminded me so much of films and TV from my own teenage years (except with a hell of a lot more inclusivity!). I also loved the theatre theme, even though I probably only got about fifty percent of the references.
I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Kate and Anderson’s other friends, Brandie and Raina. I would definitely be up for reading a future book featuring those two!
Kate In Waiting is a charming read of love and friendship that honestly had me smiling throughout.
About The Author:
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.