BOOK REVIEW: KATE IN WAITING BY BECKY ALBERTALLI

[PRINCIPAL CAST LIST]
Kate Garfield
Anderson Walker

Best friends, and contrary to popular belief, not co-dependent. Examples:

Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.

Enter Stage Left: Matt Olsson

He is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate in Waiting is the CUTEST book I have read so far in 2021 – I absolutely could not get enough and I was so sad when I begun to reach the final pages. There’s something about a story with theatre within in, that I just completely adore – I have never been a theatre kid myself and unfortunately admit that I have no talent in that genre whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop me from loving anything and everything about theatre. The way everybody is glowing and beaming with joy when the final curtain closes, the tears that well up in the audiences eyes when the cast are taking their final bows, the talent that exudes on the stage from every single actor – the whole thing is just absolutely magical.

I absolutely loved the friendship between Kate and Anderson, but what I also loved about their entire friendship group was that it was insanely diverse, including gay, trans and bisexual. Kate and Anderson had that friendship that I would absolutely die for – it was written so lovely and showed us that even the most perfect of friendships can have their faults and typically, that fault was a guy. I couldn’t stop smiling at the little plot twist between this love triangle and was so pleased with the final results. Especially because Noah – Kate’s brother’s best friend – was just an absolute dream to read about! One of my new favourite book boyfriends… I would love a Noah please!

Becky Albertalli really does have this magical way of making her high school romances feel like reality. A reality I wish I got to experience for myself and to be honest, if this doesn’t become a movie in the coming years, I’ll not be happy!

Shelby x

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  1. May 23, 2021 / 10:32 am

    I need to add this book to my TBR pile Shelby. I keep seeing it and your review is so lovely, I think it will definitely be something that I love! 🙂 Lucy xx

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