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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 sh 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.


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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 sh 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.

30 review for Kate in Waiting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    a straight girl and gay guy crushing on the same person? and they're friends? let me get my popcorn because honey, we've got a big storm comin' a straight girl and gay guy crushing on the same person? and they're friends? let me get my popcorn because honey, we've got a big storm comin'

  2. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    3.25 STARS✨ It was good but honestly I was expecting more. Well RTC!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin (Irish Reader)

    3.5 stars Kate in Waiting is Becky’s first solo book since Leah on the Offbeat and her first solo book away from the Simon verse world. I was eagerly awaiting to see what Becky had up her sleeve and was excited to read her new work. Although I may not have loved it as much as the Simon verse, Kate in Waiting still has lots to offer and is a fun/quick read! The main things I enjoyed about this book, was that the primary focus is on platonic relationships rather than romantic relationships. We see 3.5 stars Kate in Waiting is Becky’s first solo book since Leah on the Offbeat and her first solo book away from the Simon verse world. I was eagerly awaiting to see what Becky had up her sleeve and was excited to read her new work. Although I may not have loved it as much as the Simon verse, Kate in Waiting still has lots to offer and is a fun/quick read! The main things I enjoyed about this book, was that the primary focus is on platonic relationships rather than romantic relationships. We see Kate’s friendship with her best friend Anderson and also within her friend group. We see how important having that friendship in your life is and having that support group of people who are always there for you. Along with friendship, we also see sibling relationships. I loved seeing how Kate and her brother, Ryan, interacted and how he was a protective brother who wanted what was best for Kate. It was so heartwarming to see and made me smile anytime they interacted together. I also loved all the representation in this book. Kate herself is Jewish, her best friend is black and gay, another friend is trans, there’s a character in a wheelchair and also discussions with a character who has social anxiety. Becky herself is also Jewish so it’s own voices for that representation. The romance that we get near the end of the book was also something I really enjoyed and I loved the two characters together. Finally, I also loved the musical theatre aspects to this book and my inner musical theatre heart was thriving! There were some things I didn’t love, such as the overuse of the words “fuckboy” and “f-boy”. The first couple of times, I didn’t mind and found it to be very fitting for how teens speak today. However, it is used pretty much every other page and after the first few times it got very tiresome to see being used and very repetitive. Also I struggled to connect to Kate as a character and felt myself enjoying the side characters more: such as Anderson or Noah. It also took me a little bit to get into the book, I definitely preferred the second half more. Overall, I enjoyed and cannot wait to see what books Becky has in store for us in the future! Also I got to conduct an interview with Becky discussing this book and you can check that out here: https://youtu.be/tM9IpZNdT_8

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was messy in all the best ways and I REALLY liked it. My heart!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzi

    Talented, Brilliant, Incredible, Amazing, Showstopping, Spectacular, Never The Same, Totally Unique, Completely Not Ever Been Done Before

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nashita

    “I am so platonically in love with Anderson Walker, it makes my brain hurt.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 stars This book. IT IS SOO CUTE I loved reading this book soo much. I finished this book in one sitting. Plot Kate and Andy have been friends for a long time. They love each other more than anything and would do anything for each other. Enter a new hot boy. Now both Katy and Andy are obsessed. They thought nothing and no one can come between them But is that about to change? ---------------------------------------------- “I am so platonically in love with Anderson Walker, it makes my brain hurt.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 stars This book. IT IS SOO CUTE I loved reading this book soo much. I finished this book in one sitting. Plot Kate and Andy have been friends for a long time. They love each other more than anything and would do anything for each other. Enter a new hot boy. Now both Katy and Andy are obsessed. They thought nothing and no one can come between them But is that about to change? ------------------------------------------------ The plot of this book is solid and will keep you entertained. though it has a lot of cliche tropes that are common in queer books, its still enjoyable! Its written by the same author as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so the fans of Simon will love this book! Writing “Once, Andy looked at Noah, apropos of nothing, and asked, “Are straight boys okay? Do they need help?” The age-old question.” “Gay people have to love Oreos now,” explains Anderson.” “I know exactly what you mean.- It’s the most underrated sentence on earth. Translation: no, you’re not weird. Even your weird stuff isn’t weird. You make sense.” The reason for the -1 star is bcz of the writing. It's fun and cute but there is ONE MAJOR problem Ill put it in spoiler tags. Its not a spoiler but if you're gng to read it, you should look into it (view spoiler)[ The number of times fuckboys was used was soooo irritating. It was like there at least like 5 times a page. Its soo frustrating f-boys - 85 fuckboys - 57 f-force - 14 f-girls - 14 I rest my case. Its irritating But it wasn't used in an offensive way but rather in a funny way so its kinda excusable (hide spoiler)] Characters Kate I really liked Kate's character. I felt she was a LOT like me. She loves her friends and will always help them. 💖 Shee to like me overanalyses everything. When someone doesn't leave her text on read, she reads back their previous conversation and worries a LOT. Yeah not like me👀 I loved reading from her POV🥺💖 Andy Andy is the friend everyone wished to have. He is smart and kind and very sweet. I wish I had a friend like him😭 He loves Katy and would do anything for her. Though some of the things he did made me a bit sad, i still love him<3 Noah NOAH is my fav character. He's sweet and charming and super weird. At first I thought he was a jerk. but then at the ned only did I realize that I was in love with Noah. (view spoiler)[Just like Kate realised (hide spoiler)] yep I love NOAHHH MORE THAN ANYTHING He's so innocent and must be protected at ALL costs💖💖🥺 Matt I honestly don't care about him. Yeah, he's nice and sweet but I don't LOVE him the way I do for the other 3 :) Relationships Andy and Kate IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE TO BE AS CUTE AS THESE 2 I absolutely adore their friendship. they love each other soo much and would always be there for each other. When they fought I was soo sad that I almost started crying😭 I really hope they live happily ever after. I stan their friendship The other relationships are spoilers... (view spoiler)[ Noah and Katy Please don't. These guys are omg soo cute. I love Katy and Noah together🥺 I WOULD have died if they didn't end up together. And that scene when they finally kisss ahhh i was grinning like an idiot #couplegoals Andy and Matt Im not a huge fan of Matt, but I like ANdy and Matt together. They're super cute. Andy deserves someone who loves him no matter what and that is what he got Nope not getting emotional😓🥺 (hide spoiler)] Final thoughts I loved it! except for the part with the writing, this was perfection Fans of Simon and the Homo sapiens agenda, this will be perfect for you! |Blog|Pintrest| My rating system: 5⭐ - I loved it soo much! New favorite 4⭐ - It was really good! But something was missing 3⭐ - It was nice..but had more potential 2⭐ - I did not like it at all!... It could have been soo much better 1⭐ - Nope. Just No. I hate it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    As Becky Albertalli shows us in her latest book, Kate in Waiting , sometimes you wish you didn’t have EVERYTHING in common with your best friend. Kate and Anderson are almost-inseparable best friends who do everything together. They drive to school together (well, Andy drives), audition for the school musicals, even crush on the same guys. But they’d never let anything get between them. Until Matt, their mutual crush from theater camp, moves to Georgia and goes to their school. The more time sh As Becky Albertalli shows us in her latest book, Kate in Waiting , sometimes you wish you didn’t have EVERYTHING in common with your best friend. Kate and Anderson are almost-inseparable best friends who do everything together. They drive to school together (well, Andy drives), audition for the school musicals, even crush on the same guys. But they’d never let anything get between them. Until Matt, their mutual crush from theater camp, moves to Georgia and goes to their school. The more time she spends with Matt, the more she realizes how much she likes him. But the thing is, Andy does, too. When Matt and Andy share a class that Kate isn't in, they grew closer. And suddenly the competition for his affections may be the wedge that destroys Kate and Andy's friendship. Time for an unpopular opinion: I am a huge fan of Becky Albertalli and I was eagerly awaiting this book. However, this one did not work for me at all . Usually being able to predict what happens within the first few pages doesn’t bother me, but this time it did. But the real reason I disliked this book is the use of the words “fuckboy” and “f-boy.” I get using authentic terms but literally Albertalli used the word “fuckboy” in many cases 2 or 3 times per page, and used it interchangeably with “f-boy.” (Why one sometimes and not the other?) I seriously couldn’t believe it. It’s like talking to someone who uses a particular word or phrase over and over and over again. It just isn’t fun. (For the record, I've no objection to the word or the language, just the overuse.) I love the diversity of Albertalli’s characters, particularly since her books take place in Georgia, and this has a theater-kid component I always enjoy. But I’ll just gloss over this experience and hope her sequel to What If It’s Us (which she again wrote with Adam Silvera) is more to my liking! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Eppard

    You guys seriously aren’t ready. *grins wildly* Edit: It's officially out! The way that I am completely obsessed with this book is entirely unreal. Becky has written yet another masterpiece and I am so honored to be the tiniest part of it. I hope that you all love it and that you love Matt as much as I do!!! <3 You guys seriously aren’t ready. *grins wildly* Edit: It's officially out! The way that I am completely obsessed with this book is entirely unreal. Becky has written yet another masterpiece and I am so honored to be the tiniest part of it. I hope that you all love it and that you love Matt as much as I do!!! <3

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    One person has rights and that person is Noah Kaplan. I’m happy Becky Albertalli decided to write something from a different angle because I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I’ve last enjoyed a solo book by her. I wish there were more books with characters playing in a musical because that’s a favorite trope of mine and it was so fun here! I would have liked it even more if the book didn’t almost always skip on the characters doing rehearsals and the actual play, but I understand One person has rights and that person is Noah Kaplan. I’m happy Becky Albertalli decided to write something from a different angle because I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I’ve last enjoyed a solo book by her. I wish there were more books with characters playing in a musical because that’s a favorite trope of mine and it was so fun here! I would have liked it even more if the book didn’t almost always skip on the characters doing rehearsals and the actual play, but I understand the focus of this story was something different. This book is about young adults experiencing friendship, family and high school crushes, and honestly it was so well done. It did get way too cheesy at times (like, can you stop mentioning Tangled please??) but it was definitely realistic. The exploration of the relationship between Kate and Anderson took center stage and I found it very interesting. How can you even have a crush on someone at the same time as your best friend and not engage in drama? Kate keeps flip-flopping between being jealous and being supportive, and I did like that aspect because that’s how I think it would go in real life. Even though seeing it in a book wasn’t always ideal and the back and forth started to feel repetitive after the halfway point. I loved the pacing of this book. I had a super hard time putting the book down! I do think some stuff could have been cut out because it felt too long at times, but the writing style is so fluid and breezy it’s not a huge issue, plus the chapters are short and you can effortlessly get through them. This book is perfect for people in a reading slump. I liked the characters a lot. From the first moment Noah was introduced I was in love, he is absolutely my favorite. His jokes, his cheeky personality, his clumsiness......I caNNOT 😭✨ I also though Kate and Anderson were great characters to read about. The way they are always there for each other and are respectful no matter the situation! I needed something like this in my high school years. Ryan’s a big part of the story too, and well, Kate’s so lucky to have him. The relationship between them was one of the elements of the story I always wanted to read more about, no matter where I was at with the plot. Overall the characters were well-rounded and I cared about all of them, but I also think Brandie, Raina and Matt could have used more work. Brandie and Raina have their space in the book, but I couldn’t tell them apart most of the time. Matt was the sweetest but I had the same problem with him: his character wasn’t explored enough. The book basically starts right away with Kate and Anderson already liking Matt, and throughout the book there’s not really much to grab on to. I have no idea why they both like him honestly 🤷🏻‍♀️ Despite this, the romance is totally swoon-worthy! The way [redacted] smiled at each other across the stage....that was the cutest shit I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I’m not blushing you are. I highly recommend you pick this book up as soon as it comes out ❤️ I received an advanced reader copy through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    5 stars! I seem to be the outlier here, because I loved this book! Kate in Waiting is about high school junior Kate Garfield, active theater nerd and codependent with her gay best friend Anderson. She and Anderson have an unusual habit of sharing crushes, which soon becomes more problematic when they both fall for the new kid in their theatre program, Matt. Going into this book, I saw a lot of 3 star reviews so my expectations were very low going in. I think that worked to my advantage because I 5 stars! I seem to be the outlier here, because I loved this book! Kate in Waiting is about high school junior Kate Garfield, active theater nerd and codependent with her gay best friend Anderson. She and Anderson have an unusual habit of sharing crushes, which soon becomes more problematic when they both fall for the new kid in their theatre program, Matt. Going into this book, I saw a lot of 3 star reviews so my expectations were very low going in. I think that worked to my advantage because I absolutely loved this book. Kate is a character that I would have identified with as a teen. As was in drama, and while we didn’t do musicals, we did plays (big difference! Lol) this book reminded me of how fun it was to be involved in a high school production and all the feels and drama that comes with it. There’s something about Albertelli’s books and writing, I can ease into them without struggle. I often find myself having a hard time reading different books and wonder if it’s just me, but then I read a book like this one which is so smooth and effortless, I’m reminded that these books do exist. I’m not sure if any of what I just said makes sense to anyone. Basically, I’ve never had trouble reading a book by this author and it’s a blessing. It’s why I run to buy her books every single time they come out. My favorite part of this book? (view spoiler)[ It was Noah. I knew from the beginning that he was the one for Kate and I devoured every single scene they were in together. I’m a sucker for the guy chasing the girl who has no idea that he likes her. (hide spoiler)] If you’re on the fence about this book, I say you should read it. Just don’t go into it with sky high expectations, enjoy the ride instead.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I have mixed feelings about this one because Kate was really judgemental and outright mean, and despite being called out for it, she had zero remorse. She spends the whole book calling literally everyone she profiles as a jock...a "fuckboy" (or fuckgirl if they so happen to play sport). And then if she decides they're actually a nice person, she just excludes them from that label. Despite her brother (a jock) genuinely being worried for Kate's safety because she's calling his friends problematic I have mixed feelings about this one because Kate was really judgemental and outright mean, and despite being called out for it, she had zero remorse. She spends the whole book calling literally everyone she profiles as a jock...a "fuckboy" (or fuckgirl if they so happen to play sport). And then if she decides they're actually a nice person, she just excludes them from that label. Despite her brother (a jock) genuinely being worried for Kate's safety because she's calling his friends problematic (she has to admit they haven't done anything but she is literally policing his friends because she doesn't like ...i don't know?! sport??) Another of these "fuckboys" is revealed to have social anxiety later. Does Kate every think: hey maybe I shouldn't snap-judge people maliciously because it openly hurts them. Yeah...no. She also calls them sluts too. I just. I like reading about messy teens. I don't like unapologetic cruel intentions. There was literally no arc in her being apologetic for this. Otherwise, I did like the banter, the sister/brother relationship, the struggles of best friends hurting each other and trying to mend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Gillan

    this book was made for me. okay becky albertalli doesn’t know i exist but i swear it was made for me. i loved this so much. i do theatre and i’ve just never related to a character more. i think this rating may be a bit biased but wow this is a new favorite. also it got me out of my slump yayy!!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars Okay, the theater kid in me loved this book so much. Seriously, I had so much fun reading about theater kids in high school and best friends crushing on the same boy etc. I wish the romance would have happened earlier and OMG if the word f*ckboy or F-boy wasn't said around 700 times I would have rated it higher, but it was a good time and I'm glad I read it. Kate was relatable and I loved her BFF Anderson. They had such a great dynamic. Becky Albertali writes a ton of diverse characters 3.5 stars Okay, the theater kid in me loved this book so much. Seriously, I had so much fun reading about theater kids in high school and best friends crushing on the same boy etc. I wish the romance would have happened earlier and OMG if the word f*ckboy or F-boy wasn't said around 700 times I would have rated it higher, but it was a good time and I'm glad I read it. Kate was relatable and I loved her BFF Anderson. They had such a great dynamic. Becky Albertali writes a ton of diverse characters in this one, which is awesome. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a fun YA. Audio book source: Libby (library borrow) Story Rating: 3.5 stars Narrator: Bebe Wood Narration Rating: 4 stars Genre: Contemporary Romance (YA) Length: 9 hours and 10 minutes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Gonzales

    Kate in Waiting follows Kate, who has a history of "sharing crushes" with her best friend, Andy. But when both of them fall hard for the same guy, Matt, it suddenly feels less fun, and more fraught. After all, from the way Matt is acting during rehearsals for the school musical--in which he plays the love interest opposite Kate--it's pretty obvious he must be starting to reciprocate Kate's feelings, which means she has to hurt Andy, her best friend in the world, and the person she usually shares Kate in Waiting follows Kate, who has a history of "sharing crushes" with her best friend, Andy. But when both of them fall hard for the same guy, Matt, it suddenly feels less fun, and more fraught. After all, from the way Matt is acting during rehearsals for the school musical--in which he plays the love interest opposite Kate--it's pretty obvious he must be starting to reciprocate Kate's feelings, which means she has to hurt Andy, her best friend in the world, and the person she usually shares these butterfly feelings with. To complicate matters, Kate's brother's best friend, Noah, has unexpectedly joined the musical, and becomes inexplicably interested in cultivating a close friendship with his new cast mates. So much so that Andy grows suspicious that something's happening between Kate and Noah. But Andy just wants Kate out of the way so their joint crush on Matt becomes less complicated, right? It's not like Kate could ever see her brother's best friend that way... Becky outdid herself with this! Genuinely hilarious, cute, fun--and I was so invested in Kate I was more on her side than I think even Kate was! Just wait until 2021.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia

    I...think this is my new favorite Becky book? I just loved everything, from the friendship with huge emphasis on the importance of platonic love (with tremendous David/Stevie vibes, FYI to any fellow Schitt's Creek lovers) to the brother-sister relationship between Kate and Ryan to the Jewish rep to the excellent romance, and it's just so freaking funny and charming and Kate just feels so well-rounded in both her flaws and delightfulness and...yeah. Happy sigh. Honestly, she's one of the only au I...think this is my new favorite Becky book? I just loved everything, from the friendship with huge emphasis on the importance of platonic love (with tremendous David/Stevie vibes, FYI to any fellow Schitt's Creek lovers) to the brother-sister relationship between Kate and Ryan to the Jewish rep to the excellent romance, and it's just so freaking funny and charming and Kate just feels so well-rounded in both her flaws and delightfulness and...yeah. Happy sigh. Honestly, she's one of the only authors who writes books with MCs who feel like me in high school, and she's definitely done it again here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... If there's a thing I regret not doing during my school years was being part of a Glee club or theatre club and it was not for lack of desire, but because Spanish schools don't have that kind of thing (I know, it sucks). If my school had had that my time there would have been much more thrilling. A Broadway diva lives inside of me (and pretty often outside too. You can ask my neighbors), so when I read the synopsis of Kate in waiting I Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... If there's a thing I regret not doing during my school years was being part of a Glee club or theatre club and it was not for lack of desire, but because Spanish schools don't have that kind of thing (I know, it sucks). If my school had had that my time there would have been much more thrilling. A Broadway diva lives inside of me (and pretty often outside too. You can ask my neighbors), so when I read the synopsis of Kate in waiting I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. This was such a cute and fun read! Obviously I loved the musical theatre aspect and all the references as well as all the representation. There're black, gay, jewish, transgender, disabled characters, but they were not defined by that, it was just another piece of info about them. I hate when an author makes a character all about their sexuality, their race, their religion as if thinking "look how inclusive I am writing a (insert trait of choice) character!" The story was all about relationships, with the group of friends, between siblings, with your "unrequited" crush... While I liked Kate's interactions with some of her friends, I thought her relationship with her best friend Andy was anything but healthy. Their crush with Matt was a bit overplayed, imo. We don't get enough information about him so it just seems they like him because he's cute and not a f-boy (excessive use of that and fuckboy, btw). Who cares about Matt when there's Noah in the picture? I loved his arc with Kate and would have liked to read more about them. I'm not usually one for YA but, in this case, the musical theatre backdrop and some charming characters stole my heart. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children's UK for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    I am SO SOFT pls 🥺 I wasn't sure how much I'd like this, but I had to read it because it's Becky Albertalli and . . . I should never have doubted that I'd love a Becky Albertalli book, tbh. I loved everything about Kate in Waiting and it just . . . ahhhhh!! the thing about her books is just. they always hit hard. like, something about this book just felt so deeply me in a way that very few books do. I feel the same way about simon vs (although that one has unmatchable nostalgic meaning to me) and I am SO SOFT pls 🥺 I wasn't sure how much I'd like this, but I had to read it because it's Becky Albertalli and . . . I should never have doubted that I'd love a Becky Albertalli book, tbh. I loved everything about Kate in Waiting and it just . . . ahhhhh!! the thing about her books is just. they always hit hard. like, something about this book just felt so deeply me in a way that very few books do. I feel the same way about simon vs (although that one has unmatchable nostalgic meaning to me) and I just! love that! because it means a lot! and anyways this book was so soft and so full of love for theatre and so full of messy friendships and chaotic characters and the best banter and I'm just. having feelings 🥺🥺

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    I used to read a metric crapton of YA every year, but I’ve kind of fallen into a holding pattern of adult romances and stabby stabs that have taken me out of that genre. When I saw Becky Albertalli had a new release, however, I was all over it, because . . . . . I mean for real. The story here is about Kate, who thought she was giving the performance of a lifetime back at the 8th grade variety show . . . . Only to have it become a defining moment of sorts when it went viral throughout the I used to read a metric crapton of YA every year, but I’ve kind of fallen into a holding pattern of adult romances and stabby stabs that have taken me out of that genre. When I saw Becky Albertalli had a new release, however, I was all over it, because . . . . . I mean for real. The story here is about Kate, who thought she was giving the performance of a lifetime back at the 8th grade variety show . . . . Only to have it become a defining moment of sorts when it went viral throughout the school and showed she was really not on key like she had believed. That’s when Kate started shying away from the spotlight – taking only ensemble roles in the school plays and musicals. It’s also when the theater kids became her squad and the jocks and cheerleaders became “f boys” (and girls). It’s when she gave up on actual attempts at maybe having a boyfriend and settled for sort of co-dependent/co-crushes with her best friend Anderson. But when their latest crush ends up transferring to their high school things get a little awkward. Okay so this should 100% become a Netflix movie. I would watch it fifty and eleven times and Noah would obviously be played by . . . . I mean I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to cast anyone else as a romantic male lead in a teenager rom com at this point. As for the book? It struggled a little bit. Albertalli received a lot of backlash last year for being “too straight” to write her books. I’m all for representation and own voices, but I am also completely opposed to muting or muffling people’s ideas because they aren’t whatever enough. While this book was supposed to be about Kate, it felt like maybe it didn’t start that way and Anderson became a bit of a cardboard cutout in fear of more fallout. It also didn’t help that there was soooooo much musical talk and they just happened to pick one that isn’t really a fave of mine . . . . . I’ll still read anything she writes, though. I just hope she gets back to the magic that was the Simonverse and What If It’s Us.

  19. 4 out of 5

    sam

    me: also me: it’s finally time to binge all of becky albertalli‘s books

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I can't imagine reading a Becky Albertalli book and not enjoying it. And Kate in Waiting wasn't any different. It's again such a charming, funny, wholesome book, exactly what I've come to expect from Becky's writing. I especially loved the emphasis on friendship, and friendship being shown as just as important as romance. Even though there is romance, the main relationship is that between Kate and her best friend, Anderson, and I loved reading about them. I also loved that there's no unnecessary I can't imagine reading a Becky Albertalli book and not enjoying it. And Kate in Waiting wasn't any different. It's again such a charming, funny, wholesome book, exactly what I've come to expect from Becky's writing. I especially loved the emphasis on friendship, and friendship being shown as just as important as romance. Even though there is romance, the main relationship is that between Kate and her best friend, Anderson, and I loved reading about them. I also loved that there's no unnecessary drama. There are valid emotions involved and the characters work through those. They have realistic flaws. But nothing is spun out so much as to make things unnecessarily dramatic, and I really appreciated that. My thing with Becky Albertalli's book is that I tend to enjoy them even more when I reread them, so I'm already looking forward to rereading Kate in Waiting eventually!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maisha Farzana Himi

    Kate in Waiting By Becky Albertalli This book is what you call a guilty pleasure. I knew I would enjoy this book but this much?? I had literally no idea. It was such an amazing experience and a comfort read. This book is cute, sweet, hilarious and of course heart warming.💙💙💙 "I know exactly what you mean.- It’s the most underrated sentence on earth. Translation: no, you’re not weird. Even your weird stuff isn’t weird. You make sense." "Kate in Waiting" is follows two best friends- Kate and Andy. Kate in Waiting By Becky Albertalli This book is what you call a guilty pleasure. I knew I would enjoy this book but this much?? I had literally no idea. It was such an amazing experience and a comfort read. This book is cute, sweet, hilarious and of course heart warming.💙💙💙 "I know exactly what you mean.- It’s the most underrated sentence on earth. Translation: no, you’re not weird. Even your weird stuff isn’t weird. You make sense." "Kate in Waiting" is follows two best friends- Kate and Andy. They are a perfect example of friendship, a dynamic duo and absolute friendship goal (at least for me). None of them do anything without each other's opinion. They have a habit of having crushes on the same guy. They call it "communal crush". Usually, it's fine as their crushes are pretty short lived and all. So, Why not sharing a crush with your bff? After all, there is nothing more pleasant than gushing about a guy to your bff, Right? “Maybe he followed us?” I slide my feet forward on the tiles. “Oh my God. He fell in love with us and followed us home from camp.” “WAIT—” But this summer everything changes when Matt, Kate and Andy's crush from a summer camp transfers to their school. They both like him. Will this crush thing destroy their friendship? How will they confess their feelings without hurting each other? On the other hand, theater has always been Kate's life and dreams. This year, for the first time in her life, she has got a chance to play an important role in the fall musical. Everything is going to change this time.... I just love Kate and Andy's friendship. OMG, it was soo awesome. I need a bff like this...😭😭😭. I didn't sleep at night (just slept for 2 hours) to finish this book and it's definitely worth it. “I am so platonically in love with Anderson Walker, it makes my brain hurt.”

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffers

    This wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me. This was the kind of young adult book that makes me think maybe I'm too old for young adult. The main character (Kate, duh) and her best friend Andy have a crush on the same guy. This has happened to them before, but because neither of them has ever done anything about these crushes, it's never caused any problems. But now Kate, Andy, and their communal crush are all trying out for the same musical. And it's all fine, really. A lot of readers are re This wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me. This was the kind of young adult book that makes me think maybe I'm too old for young adult. The main character (Kate, duh) and her best friend Andy have a crush on the same guy. This has happened to them before, but because neither of them has ever done anything about these crushes, it's never caused any problems. But now Kate, Andy, and their communal crush are all trying out for the same musical. And it's all fine, really. A lot of readers are really going to love this and I would happily recommend it. In fact, I think 14-Year-Old Jessica would have loved this. But Thirtysomething Jessica found Kate to be immature and naive to the point of cringy...which, well, made it hard to connect with the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for review!* This was honesty so wholesome. Pure joy. I had so much fun with this completely loveable cast of characters that I ended up just flying through it in no time. Becky Albertalli knows exactly what she’s doing. Girls, gays and theatre nerds – this is the book for you. This is exactly what I want from a YA contemporary – light hearted, tongue in cheek smiling moments while also having some great discussions on friendshi *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for review!* This was honesty so wholesome. Pure joy. I had so much fun with this completely loveable cast of characters that I ended up just flying through it in no time. Becky Albertalli knows exactly what she’s doing. Girls, gays and theatre nerds – this is the book for you. This is exactly what I want from a YA contemporary – light hearted, tongue in cheek smiling moments while also having some great discussions on friendship, sexuality and trust. The rep in here was also spot on, it’s so refreshing to see books so diverse in such a natural way. I may have missed a few but we had: a Jewish mc, a Black gay mc and some side characters who were gay, trans, bisexual, nonbinary and someone who used a wheelchair. I know a lot of young people reading this are going to see themselves in these characters. It was well written and the pacing was perfectly. Literally it kept moving so smoothly and there was never a dull moment. It perfectly captured how soul destroying having a crush on someone feels when you’re sixteen and they manage to take up all of the space in your brain. Coupled with the envy you feel when your best friend likes them too and you’re trying not to be a terrible friend.. it was all done so well and felt authentic and embarrassingly relatable. While there is the romance element, the star of the book for me was the platonic relationship between Kate and Anderson. They are truly soulmates and I loved their on-page moments more than the romance. My only downside and something that bugged me a bit was the chapter formatting. Sometimes chapters ended randomly for what felt like no reason – as it just continued where it left off on the next page. Also sometimes it was very ~American~ but that’s honestly just me being picky. It was a good book, go read it!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    I'm not saying that this book will save 2021 but this book will save 2021. Seriously. You're not ready for the epicness that is this book. This felt like a warm hug. Kate is like Simon's twin if he had one. And don't even get me started on the squad. And the best friends dynamic between Anderson and Kate. And the love interest. And the relatableness. I'm just. Life is so much more bearable every time Becky decides to grace us with a new story. All the stars. I'm not saying that this book will save 2021 but this book will save 2021. Seriously. You're not ready for the epicness that is this book. This felt like a warm hug. Kate is like Simon's twin if he had one. And don't even get me started on the squad. And the best friends dynamic between Anderson and Kate. And the love interest. And the relatableness. I'm just. Life is so much more bearable every time Becky decides to grace us with a new story. All the stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    I had absolutely no idea that there was gonna be a new Becky Albertalli book in 2021! I will keep my expectations in check but I am still so very excited for this!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour of this book and share the excitement for its release with so many other readers, so Thank you to Dave from The Writers’ Reads blog tour, it's a blessing since otherwise, I might not have read the book as soon as I did, and I really liked it! Above all, I think the friendship as such that's portrayed during the story is absolutely beautiful and I love how it's built and executed, it feels super real and honest, and I love seeing the characters interacting I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour of this book and share the excitement for its release with so many other readers, so Thank you to Dave from The Writers’ Reads blog tour, it's a blessing since otherwise, I might not have read the book as soon as I did, and I really liked it! Above all, I think the friendship as such that's portrayed during the story is absolutely beautiful and I love how it's built and executed, it feels super real and honest, and I love seeing the characters interacting with each other and overcoming obstacles together, I think that's the true soul of the book, but there's romance in here and that's also good. 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ You can find more of my reviews & fun content on my blog A Book. A Thought. In this book, we follow Kate and Anderson, two best friends whose bond seems to be unbreakable, but everything changes one day when their childhood crush returns to town. Turns out, communal crushes aren't so fun when real feelings are involved. This is a superfluid contemporary plot to read, that hooks you from the first moment, and it's very easy to feel close to the characters, these are three super important aspects so that I personally can enjoy a book within the genre, since although I like to read Contemporaries from time to time, I usually gravity more towards those who have darker or more magical aspects, so reading something like this one, much lighter and "mundane" in some way, is unusual for me. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would, I think it has a solid foundation of friendship that's very pleasant to read, and I can say that itself is just enough to sustain the whole story until the end, it's a very well-created friendship, executed and thought out, so you want to know what will happen between them till the last page. Personally, don't think the conflict in itself is big enough for me, but I respect that it was for them and this conflict in some way has been helpful in establishing a deeper and more honest line of communication between themI, plus other things are revealed, some interesting situations and triggers extremely interesting scenes to read, so if you look at it from that perspective I think the conflict itself, of these friends sharing feelings for the same person, isn't the main focus or it's not what really catches you, you know? I mean, maybe it is for you and that's great! because it's also a great seasoning for the plot, but for me as a reader I was more interested in other aspects than that point as such, I hope you understand what I mean by this. Basically, the story is super-fluid to read, friendship is great and has wonderful family scenes too, but romance as such is perhaps not so protagonist for me. It's not the first time that I read the author, I've read, as most of us, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so I was already familiar in some way with her writing style, which I find extremely relaxing to read, for some reason, I find it very easy to connect with her characters and get to feel really interested in everything that they do, I love that, I really recommend Becky Alberteli's books. It has its part kind of cheesy or cliche at times especially when portraying the experience of a teenager in high school since it's something I've read many times, but this doesn't mean that it isn't still entertaining and fun to read, I just think it's important to mention it in case this is something you don't want to find. In addition to student drama, there's also a musical going on, which I surprisingly liked in this book, it's very well done and these are moments of great enjoyment for the characters and that makes it almost cross the pages, it was very fun, that's for sure. The characters are great and they're very well created, each one of them, not only the main ones but also the secondary ones, have something that makes them unique and makes them stand out in wonderful ways, what can I say? I really adore the characters that the author creates, somehow they touch my heart. I loved Noah and Anderson, I would say they're my faves, but really they are all great, and I like how within the group we know a little about their lives and even though this happens in a superficial way, we can understand where each of their acts come from and why they're the way they are, which makes the characters feel even more realistic. I could mention in addition to Kate and the guys I mentioned above, Raina, Matt, and Brandie, all great. Maybe we could have more work a little more on some interactions between them and some dialogues I feel that sometimes they're a bit short, you know? but even so, these are very small details, the book and the characters in their entirety are incredible. To summarize my thoughts and feelings about the book, I want to say that I honestly enjoyed it a lot, I think the way in which Becky has given a deeper approach to friendship in this book was the right decision, this aspect made me love the story itself much more since even when all the elements are good, the friendship is absolutely stunning. I recommend it, no doubt, if you want to read a story that will touch your heart and make you feel many beautiful things inside, but also if you want to read a solid friendship that flows naturally and realistically. It has beautiful scenes that would have made the teenage me fall dead in love lol & it's simply that kind of book that although it explores a stressful and dramatic situation for the characters, it's super light and super easy to read at the same time, 400 pages that will pass you by as if they were 100. It's a great work of the author that makes me want to read much more of her in the future, I hope she continues to focus on this type of plot more focused on friendship because I think it will get better and better. Firts Thoughts 04/20/21 I really liked it! I didt expect that this book conveys so many emotions to me, but in fact it did, it was a super nice read, with moments of joy and fun, with that lighter side of the plot, but there are also moments of tension and emotions, and it's very well balanced, I also loved the characters 👏🏻✨

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    DNF page 100. I’m SO SAD I can’t finish this because it was crazy high on my TBR. But the constant use of the word “fuckboy” is so grating I simply can’t continue. But not just that - if I did CTRL-F for any use of the words fuck, fuckboy, f-force, f-zone, fuckitude, f-girl and f-boy I bet there would be at least 300 by now, probably way more. It’s not necessarily so much the profanity I care about but the massive overuse of the same words. If I were a beta reader for this I would say exactly wh DNF page 100. I’m SO SAD I can’t finish this because it was crazy high on my TBR. But the constant use of the word “fuckboy” is so grating I simply can’t continue. But not just that - if I did CTRL-F for any use of the words fuck, fuckboy, f-force, f-zone, fuckitude, f-girl and f-boy I bet there would be at least 300 by now, probably way more. It’s not necessarily so much the profanity I care about but the massive overuse of the same words. If I were a beta reader for this I would say exactly what I did to a former client of mine - word choice matters. Variety matters. Also, “fuckboy” hasn’t really even been defined yet in this book, but I just hate the term. I think I get what it is, but ........ Albertalli can do and has done SO much better than this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    I forgot how much I love Becky's voice! But this definitely did not need to be as long as it was. I got bored at times. I forgot how much I love Becky's voice! But this definitely did not need to be as long as it was. I got bored at times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    May

    THANK YOU Beck Albertalli for this dose of midnight serotonin. The short chapters made it so addictive and I adored so many things about this book. It had the cutest platonic and romantic relationships that I just can’t help but smile at. Kate and Andy’s friendship was to die for. I thought the love triangle was very intriguing and created just enough drama. Kate’s conflicting reactions felt like something I would do, and she was SO relatable. Although it did get a tad repetitive in the middle, THANK YOU Beck Albertalli for this dose of midnight serotonin. The short chapters made it so addictive and I adored so many things about this book. It had the cutest platonic and romantic relationships that I just can’t help but smile at. Kate and Andy’s friendship was to die for. I thought the love triangle was very intriguing and created just enough drama. Kate’s conflicting reactions felt like something I would do, and she was SO relatable. Although it did get a tad repetitive in the middle, this book was so much fun!! PS: Noah’s a cutie :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cait

    Loved the idea. But I'm a little put off by the unchallenged idea of "f-boys" and "f-girls" that come up over and over again. It seems like we acknowledge that calling the popular girls "skanks" and "whores" isn't where it's at (thank you Mean Girls). So instead we shift to "f-girls" which for me felt like just repacking this tired girl hate trope. Maybe Noah and Ryan challenge the f-boy idea that Kate has in her head a little. But also she seems to deem them on the outskirts of this group and t Loved the idea. But I'm a little put off by the unchallenged idea of "f-boys" and "f-girls" that come up over and over again. It seems like we acknowledge that calling the popular girls "skanks" and "whores" isn't where it's at (thank you Mean Girls). So instead we shift to "f-girls" which for me felt like just repacking this tired girl hate trope. Maybe Noah and Ryan challenge the f-boy idea that Kate has in her head a little. But also she seems to deem them on the outskirts of this group and therefore sees them as having more nuance. It just felt really judgmental and mean-spirited. And it has nothing to do with the plot over all of Kate growing up and learning about friendship and love!

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