Kate In Waiting
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA | Contemporary | Romance
Publishing Date: 22nd April 2021
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
Hello! How is everyone today? I am absolutely exhausted, I really struggled to get up for work this morning. I’m hoping to get back into a routine again soon so I can find time to read, blog and play a few games as well. It’s my stop on The Write Reads ultimate blog tour today for Kate in Waiting, a very adorable YA romance! I read this curled up on the sofa on Saturday and I couldn’t have asked for a better book to read after such a long week.
Thank you Dave from The Write Reads and Penguin for a copy of Kate in Waiting and a spot on the blog tour.
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. 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. 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.
What I Liked
I have been so hyped for this book and couldn’t wait to read it since the blog tour was announced. I ended up reading it in one sitting because it was so incredibly cute, I couldn’t put it down. The book was a bit predictable at times however, the story really grew on me as more characters were introduced. It’s a very easy read, surely one to sit down with after a long hard day!
We follow our main character, Kate, through her junior year of high school with her best friend Anderson. They are inseparable and face everything together. From the nerves and excitement of the theatre down to their very funny and cute communal crushes, you are sure to laugh and smile at all the cuteness in this book!
The school play and theatre, in general, plays a massive part in the story. It was so much fun to follow Kate through the process of auditioning and doing bits and bobs for the show. I love musicals, plays, any kind of production really and with working at a summer camp where the kids put on these amazing shows, the theatre will always hold a special place in my heart.
There is so much to love in this book but it can be a bit repetitive occasionally. I was still completely entertained all the way through and loved learning all about Kate. We get to see so much of her school life and home life but also a lot of her friendships.
Kate is a very likeable and relatable main character. She did annoy me a little throughout the book but I did start to love her, especially her friendship with Anderson! Kate is so considerate towards him and wants to do her best to avoid him from getting hurt in any way. Their friendship really felt believable and I had so many emotions when they started to go through a few rough patches.
I really wish Anderson was in it a lot more than he was because I absolutely adored him. You can tell how much he loves and cares for Kate and just supports her unconditionally. There’s just something about his character that I couldn’t get enough of.
There were so many other likeable characters that made this book so much fun to read. I can’t help but get all excited when romance is involved and get invested in who’s going to pick who.
I’ve already said it a few times and I’ll say it a few more! Kate in Waiting is an incredibly cute book that will leave you all warm of fuzzy. It’s easy to read and fast-paced, so if you are a fan of romance and very likeable characters that love all things theatre, you should definitely read this book!
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.
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK