Kate In Waiting
Author: Becky Albertalli
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary Romance > Young Adult
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Much thanks to The Write Reads Tours, Balzer + Bray, and Becky Albertalli for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and the opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
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Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater 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. Matt Olsson 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.
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
Best Friends Crushing Get Crushed
⚠ Content Warnings: Bullying – in real life & online + Unnecessary use of the word fuckboy, censored & uncensored
⚠ Book Tags : Crushers. Best friends. Theater. High school. Cliques.
Becky Albertalli stole my heart in the Simon-verse and through her other books. Admittedly, I came here with quite high expectations and I’m not sure how that played out with my total image of this new book.
Kate In Waiting talks about two best friends who are so similar to each other that they even crush on the same people every time. But in a weird time of their life, crushes are not fun crushes anymore and actually involved their real feelings.
In a way, this book took me back to high school, with those friends that meant so much at that point in my life. Unfortunately, a decade after, they are mere acquaintances who I don’t have in my life anymore. Regardless, reading books circling these themes will always be sweet and very nostalgic.
Like always, I loved Albertalli’s writing style. Its always a fun adventure seeing her very “young” voice and all those pop culture references. However, I felt like this book was lacking in the pacing game. It took quite a long time for the story to pick up, and in many ways, I wanted the story to progress a little sooner.
The characters shine, though! They are all so precious and I want to adopt them. Kate is truly lovable, I liked Andy, Matt was cute, but the star in the show, for me, was Noah Kaplan! My heart goes to the guy! Even the side characters Raina, and Brandie were all lovable. Overall, I think one of the author’s strengths was developing characters with fun dynamics.
If there’s one thing that I wish I did not have in this read, it’s the repeated variations of f-boy, f-girl.. I felt like I read more than a hundred of them… and it can really get irritating. Admittedly, I hated the word in its entirety and I hate it even more that I have to keep seeing it repeatedly on the page.
☁ FINAL THOUGHTS & RECOMMENDATIONS ☁
In its totality, Kate In Waiting was a fun and light read. I love the way friendship was portrayed in this book. More than that, the romance aspect gave my heart some flutters and there were so many cute things I will adore forever. Can’t for the next Becky Albertalli read that will land on my shelf!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆