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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. 5 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. 5 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. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzi

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

  6. 5 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

  7. 5 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.

  8. 5 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!!!!

  9. 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/.

  10. 5 out of 5

    sam

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

  11. 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!

  12. 5 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.

  13. 5 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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

    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 👏🏻✨

  17. 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.”

  18. 4 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary (bookstorevibe)

    30/04/2021 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favorite books of all time and ever since loving Becky Albertalli’s debut, I’ve of course had to read all of her new releases. So, my expectations for Kate in Waiting were very high. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed and it’s now one of my new favorite YA contemporaries. One of my highlights was definitely how the backdrop of the story was the musical that most of the characters were in. I was in all of my high school’s musical p 30/04/2021 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favorite books of all time and ever since loving Becky Albertalli’s debut, I’ve of course had to read all of her new releases. So, my expectations for Kate in Waiting were very high. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed and it’s now one of my new favorite YA contemporaries. One of my highlights was definitely how the backdrop of the story was the musical that most of the characters were in. I was in all of my high school’s musical productions and the way it was described – from the rush as you’re about to find out what part you got to how close you grow with everyone involved – was just perfect. I also loved how this theme was taken literally and we saw Kate step into the spotlight as her character developed and grew. I would say that Kate in Waiting is more about relationships in general than about romantic feelings and I really enjoyed how Kate’s connection to different people in her life was explored. The main focus is definitely Kate’s relationship with her best friend Anderson and how they try to navigate everything while both of them have feelings for the same guy. But I liked how romance still played a role and that we also got to explore her relationship with her older brother. With some YA books it’s very obvious that they were written by middle-aged authors but the teens in Kate in Waiting actually read like teens. There were a lot of pop culture references and it just felt very realistic. It made the book relatable and a lot of the lines were also just very funny. I also really appreciated the diverse cast of characters. Kate, her family and several friends are Jewish and many of the side characters are LGBTQ+ and BIPOC. I liked Kate a lot but all of the side character felt so fleshed out as well and it really felt like I got to know them. I had such a great time reading this YA contemporary and I highly recommend checking it out. My only small criticism is that I personally didn’t love the pacing in the last third of the book but I think the ending made up for it. Kate in Waiting will make you laugh out loud and it will warm your heart and it will make you want to call your best friend to tell them that you love them. An entertaining and heartfelt coming-of-age novel about the importance of friendship and having the courage to stand in the spotlight. 27/04/2021 4.75/5 ⭐️ I loved this so much. Kate is me. I am Kate. RTC

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emilia

    3.75 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    This was everything I needed right now - an absolute love letter to theatre, friendships, tumultuous relationships and all the complications that come with high school relationships whether platonic or romantic. I loved every page, Kate's heart is large, her voice spectacular, and these characters lovely as ever. I've had these car talks with some of my closest friends in high school and just damn I feel like Becky really took a page out of my life story for a few of these scenes. Absolutely ado This was everything I needed right now - an absolute love letter to theatre, friendships, tumultuous relationships and all the complications that come with high school relationships whether platonic or romantic. I loved every page, Kate's heart is large, her voice spectacular, and these characters lovely as ever. I've had these car talks with some of my closest friends in high school and just damn I feel like Becky really took a page out of my life story for a few of these scenes. Absolutely adored. So happy. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Who is kidding now?!☺️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    *** 3.5 STARS *** Kate in Waiting was a very good book and I really enjoyed reading it. It took me a while to get into the story, but even though I needed a few days to get through the first third of it, I read the other two thirds of the novel in one sitting. It was a really cute story with great characters and I especially loved the focus on theatre and the musical the characters were practicing for together. However, I really didn't like the whole "f-boy/fuckboy" thing. Calling every single gu *** 3.5 STARS *** Kate in Waiting was a very good book and I really enjoyed reading it. It took me a while to get into the story, but even though I needed a few days to get through the first third of it, I read the other two thirds of the novel in one sitting. It was a really cute story with great characters and I especially loved the focus on theatre and the musical the characters were practicing for together. However, I really didn't like the whole "f-boy/fuckboy" thing. Calling every single guy that is considered a jock an "f-boy" is just unnecessary and began to annoy me quite quickly. I think the word is disrespectful and unless someone's actually playing with other peoples' feelings and deliberately leads them on, they definitely aren't fuckboys. Especially not if it's just because they play sports and like to party and have fun on the weekends. I wouldn't have minded if Becky Albertalli had just made up a word the characters could've used to refer to the jocks but the whole "f-boy/f-girl" thing definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. instagram || my blog || twitter

  24. 4 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    smells like the Chanel version of Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List which I am absolutely here for smells like the Chanel version of Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List which I am absolutely here for

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (bookswritinghappiness)

    04-24-2020 | BECKY JUST ANNOUNCED THIS ON INSTAGRAM LIVE AND I’M ALREADY SCREAMING I’M SO EXCITED FOR KATE IN WAITING : )

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monogamist

    I received an e-copy from Penguin UK, via The Write Reads Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I think it’s official, I love everything that comes out from Becky Albertalli. Even if she publishes her grocery shopping, I would read it and I would love it (and I would buy it). I loved Kate In Waiting, it was such a lovely, sweet story. Taking place in Roswell, Georgia, Becky tells us a story of Kate and Andy, who are like super BFFs and often end up sharing the same c I received an e-copy from Penguin UK, via The Write Reads Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I think it’s official, I love everything that comes out from Becky Albertalli. Even if she publishes her grocery shopping, I would read it and I would love it (and I would buy it). I loved Kate In Waiting, it was such a lovely, sweet story. Taking place in Roswell, Georgia, Becky tells us a story of Kate and Andy, who are like super BFFs and often end up sharing the same crush. When they both start having feeling for the new guy, Matt, their friendship is tested and Kate and Andy have to find a way to protect their precious relationship. But, when the three of them are all cast in the school musical, things get super complicated. Who will Matt choose? Will Kate and Andy still remain friends at the end of the musical? Well… you need to read this story to find out. Once again, music and musical are a pivotal elements to Albertalli’s storytelling and you can tell how much research she did on Once Upon A Mattress, which I didn’t even know is actually a real musical. And once again, she is so good at depicting life as a teenager with their crush and fixation on a school production. And this is why, even if the plot was predictable, it was still a lovely and sweet rom-com to read, which I devoured. Everything is told completely from Kate’s POV, which sometimes can come across as a bit annoying or selfish, and around her, you have this fantastic diverse cast of characters. I think sometimes I wanted to slap her, because how can she not realise her actions were hurting others, but I sort of still get that, I think I was the same as Kate at her age, not so delicate. The best character, I think, was Noah, it was impossible not to love him from the very beginning. But again, because of the first-person narrative, you don’t get to understand fully why Kate and Andy would both fall for Matt or you don’t get a clear picture of Andy’s perspective. I still think it was a reflection on how sometimes we just tend to categorise people under certain stereotypes and we just judge them accordingly. Again, while some people may find the whole “f-boy” talks repetitive or disturbing, I still think that this is something we all do during high school. In the end, the plot was not perfect, but the writing is just simply so worth it. Becky Albertalli has this talent in describing the realism of teenage crushes, when you spend hours examining every single eye movement, word, gesture… who didn’t do that? It is a sweet light story about discovering love and platonic relationships. I simply love it and if you loved her previous works, you will need to get a copy of this book. You can read this review and more on the Monogamist Reader Blog

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    This book has a piece of my heart. I wish this book was out when I was in high school. I loved the focus and how friends are, in many ways, the great loves of our lives. I'm also a sucker for any book about high school theatre, and this one does it well. Read it once it comes out! This book has a piece of my heart. I wish this book was out when I was in high school. I loved the focus and how friends are, in many ways, the great loves of our lives. I'm also a sucker for any book about high school theatre, and this one does it well. Read it once it comes out!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    Awnsisjwjwnkwsjwbwbabsj AWWWWW I LOVED THIS SO MUCH I READ IT IN TWO HOURS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1 AND 3AM!! LOV D ITSONMUCH Real Review: Fresh, funny, and utterly wholesome, this book follows Kate and her best friend, Anderson (Andy), who are both auditioning for the school musical - and for the honor of becoming romantically involved with cute new student Matt. This book sees Albertalli at her best - never shying away from tough topics such as social anxiety, divorced parents, and just being a te Awnsisjwjwnkwsjwbwbabsj AWWWWW I LOVED THIS SO MUCH I READ IT IN TWO HOURS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1 AND 3AM!! LOV D ITSONMUCH Real Review: Fresh, funny, and utterly wholesome, this book follows Kate and her best friend, Anderson (Andy), who are both auditioning for the school musical - and for the honor of becoming romantically involved with cute new student Matt. This book sees Albertalli at her best - never shying away from tough topics such as social anxiety, divorced parents, and just being a teenager (which is frankly exhausting and difficult even if you DON'T have a "collective crush" on the same guy as your best friend). This book was uproariously hysterical, perfectly paced, and even during the gut-wrenching scenes, I wanted to root for everyone. I'm especially fond of Albertalli's take-down of "F-boy" culture, as well as her clever examination of how judgemental we can all be sometimes. If publishing is a show, this book is undoubtedly a star.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★

    Full review here! You know when you read a book and you just feel seen? That's how I feel about this book. And not just because Kate has arguably the best name in all of Becky Albertalli's books (although she definitely does and I am definitely not at all biased), but because Kate is just so... real. Plus all the romcom moments make me go *heart eyes forever*!!! Full review here! You know when you read a book and you just feel seen? That's how I feel about this book. And not just because Kate has arguably the best name in all of Becky Albertalli's books (although she definitely does and I am definitely not at all biased), but because Kate is just so... real. Plus all the romcom moments make me go *heart eyes forever*!!!

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