Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the book tour for Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli! We’re getting closer to the publication date of this fantastic book and I am so excited for more people to read this book. It is a Teen & Young Adult story with a American High School musical as the backdrop as Kate and her best friend Andy navigate their first major crush that might actually become something more than just a crush. The only problem is is that it’s the same guy.
Title: Kate in Waiting
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication date: 22nd April 2021 (published by Penguin)
Genre: Contemporary, LBGTQA+, Teen & Young Adult
Format: Digital eARC – 400 pages
Trigger warnings: divorced parents, swearing, mentions of pretty graphic bullying, brief mention of homophobia
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…
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book on Netgalley for a book tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My rating: 4/5 stars
‘Kate in Waiting’ is a YA Contemporary novel with a back drop of a typical American High School. You’ve got your clichés and cliques aplenty in this High School drama. The story is told from Kate’s point of view, about her and her best friend Andy having a crush on the same boy.
A lot of this story is very light hearted and fun while also dealing with some more serious topics.
It’s a very good YA Contemporary, and is really fun to read.
I found that I got really sucked into this story. Kate and Andy are really fun to read about. And I loved how they both learned to navigate liking the same guy and also dealing with their first major crushes. It’s messy, dramatic, and has a lot of teen angst.
I did find it to be predictable at times. I thought it was pretty easy to figure out who would end up with who. I actually predicted what would happen 12% in and I was right. So I would not say that the plot is surprising or anything like that.
Liked all the characters in this book. They were all really likable characters. I loved Kate’s relationship with Andy, her brother Ryan, Noah, Matt, Brandie, Raina, and her parents. They were all such complex 3D characters that I really liked reading about.
Also I loved that each chapter was ‘Scene 1’, ‘Scene 2’, ‘Scene 3’ etc. I thought that was a really nice little touch. I would recommend reading this book if you want a light hearted and fun read.
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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.
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