Kate In Waiting
by Becky Albertalli
YA Contemporary, Romance
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.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
If you’re looking for a classic Becky Albertalli, swoon-worthy romance, then look no further, because her latest – Kate in Waiting – is exactly that! I kind of had a feeling what to expect going into this book since I’ve read all of her other books, and I definitely was not disappointed!
Her latest solo novel follows the charismatic Kate and her best friend Anderson, who share everything – even crushes! But when their latest crush becomes more serious, are they going to let a boy tear their friendship apart? I loved the concept of this novel so much, and what I really enjoyed about this was yes, there was a romance, but the heart of the story was all about a different relationship: the friendship between Kate and Anderson.
I thought, as usual, Albertalli’s cast of characters were diverse and fantastic. I love how in all of her books it’s not just the main character you feel you get to know, but every side character too just feels so real and so authentic that it’s so hard not to get invested in them all (I particularly liked Andy, of course!) I was also so here for all the musical references and especially loved the theatrical setting in this novel.
My favourite thing has definitely got to be the friendship, and it’s something I definitely would love to see explored in even more YA. Friends are such important people in your life and I loved reading about the little hurdles along the way between a set and whether or not they can overcome them.
If I had to be a bit nitpicky, nothing major actually happened in this book. I was kind of waiting for something big to happen, but this book was more of a slow-burner and focused more on building on the characters. However, I’m really sad now that I’ve finished Kate in Waiting because it will be Ross in Waiting for Albertalli’s next book.
This is published on Thursday, April 22nd and if you’re a fan of contemporary YA, then Becky Albertalli is absolutely a name you should be checking out!