Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
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.
I really enjoy the characters Becky Albertalli creates and I adored this book. Mostly.
Kate reminded me of myself at times. Her easy blushing, not wanting to be mad at anyone or hurt anyone, her love of Tangled. There was just a lot. I tend to find that in a lot of Becky’s books. Even though I’m much older, I can still relate a lot. Kate and Andy have been best friends for years. They are so close that most people thought they were in a relationship. But Andy is gay. Kate and Andy have this weird thing where they crush on the same guy. It’s never been a problem until their summer crush, Matt, moves to their town and goes to their school. As both Kate and Andy spend time with Matt, their crushes grow to really like. They both get jealous at times and it causes problems with their friendships. During this time, Kate’s brother, Ryan, is spending a bit more time with her. So is Ryan’s best friend, Noah. Noah and Kate used to be friends, but he mostly just annoys her now. Noah and Kate start spending more time together and their friendship is kind of adorable. All of Kate’s friends are in theater and they’re preparing for a musical. Kate, Andy, Matt, and Noah are all in the musical together.
The musical setting was cute and I loved the characters and diversity. The only reason this didn’t get 5 stars from me was the overuse of the term “f-boy”. I don’t mind the term. It was just used so much early on in the book. Otherwise, this was a great book.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
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