Released on 22nd April, Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli follows best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker who, contrary to popular belief, are not co-dependent. But when Kate and Andy’s latest mutual crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Enter: Matt Olsson. He is talented and sweet, and Kate really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson. Mutual crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…
Today is my stop on #TheUltimateTour for this book. Thank you to The Write Reads On Tour and Penguin for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It’s not often that I get excited by young adult fiction any more. I turned 30 this month so, you know, I’m more top-tier-adult nowadays. But when I found out that the author of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) had a new book coming out, I was immediately on board.
Kate In Waiting is a funny and uplifting story that’s so enjoyable to read that you’ll easily and eagerly devour it in one sitting, purely because you just won’t want to say goodbye to Kate and Anderson and wait until the next day to see them again.
I haven’t laughed out loud at a book in a very long time so I absolutely adored this book. The characters are so much fun to be around and Albertalli’s writing is so on-point that you’ll feel like you are Kate, experiencing her emotions in first person.
The high school story is very Americanised so there are a few aspects/phrases that aren’t relatable for us Brits. Most notably, the term “fuck boy” is said A LOT. It was funny the first few times but it does get overused. However, I’m sure American teens do use this term regularly so I’m willing to let that one slide.
Overall, Albertalli perfectly captures what it’s like to be 16 and in love. Apparently based on a teenage girl that Albertalli is friends with, you really get a sense of the author knowing exactly what’s going on in Kate’s head.
I’m already on a bit of a book hangover after finishing this book and it’s been a real highlight of my week. It’s such a feel-good story that I already know I want to re-read it one day (and soon!).
So get a bowl of popcorn ready and a face mask on, because this is a book that reads like a film with its lovable characters, heart-warming friendships, and hilarious conversations. I can only hope that somebody does pick up the film rights soon, because Love, Simon is one of my go-to happy films and I could do with another one like that in my life.
Whether you’re a fan of this genre or not, Kate In Waiting is sure to lighten your mood and leave you with a smile on your face.
Go. And. Buy. This. Book.
Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Release Date: 22nd April 2021
Print Length: 393 pages
Genre: Young Adult
From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.
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Best friends, and contrary to popular belief, not co-dependent. Examples:
Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.
Enter Stage Left: Matt Olsson
He is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.
Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…
About The Author:
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera.
A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com