“And truthfully, summer crushes make for a surprisingly fun and robusts team activity.”

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Published: April 22, 2021
Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐


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.

Kate Garfield
Anderson Walker

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…

Author Bio

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.

Twitter: beckyalbertalli

Website: beckyalbertalli.com

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

My Take
Kate In Waiting is such a fun entertaining book. This was my second book by Becky Albertalli, the first being Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (read my review here so I was already familiar with her writing. It’s quite easy and accessible and it makes for quite a good read.

“I’m allergic to making choices. At least I’m allergic to choosing between people”

Kate In Waiting is largely a character driven book. The characters are quite distinct with their personalities, I found that I want more of them. Their dynamics revolve around their friend group, which are a delight to read on. My favourite was definitely Noah. One thing I truly enjoyed about this book is how Becky Albertalli explores relationships. Romantic, platonic and familial.

However in as much as I liked this book, I did find it a bit lacking and I wanted more. The plot was all over the place as so much is happening and it was annoying trying to keep up with everything.

Kate In Waiting is such a heartwarming, charming read that is quite easy to get through. If Young Adult is something you truly love and enjoy, I definitely recommend this one.

Have you read this one? What did you think about it?