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Kate in Waiting

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Albertalli has written another inclusive, diverse teen romance/friendship comedy. One of Albertalli's strengths is highlighting non-romantic relationships and friendship, arguably the most important teen relationship, takes center stage here, with Anderson and Kate. They are best friends that share everything-- even crushes-- but their closeness is put to the test when their mutual crush moves to their school. Each character gets a satisfying romance and their relationship grows. Bonus: this book also has high school theatre! A worthy addition to any high school collection.
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Hmmm. I know this felt super young because it’s a young adult book. But it also felt really weird to have Kate and Anderson have the codependent crushes on all the same guys. I just… don’t know how they had a healthy relationship knowing they had crushes on the same people. While the ending was nice and neat and tied up with a bow, I didn’t particularly love it. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t feel like I really connected with any of the characters, or maybe I just couldn’t get past the weird codependent relationship between our two best friends, but I just didn’t really care for this book. Still sort of cute… but not my favorite Becky book by a long shot.

Update after reading another review that reminded me: I HATED how much the term “fboy” was used. I get it, it’s how a lot of teens speak who don’t like to curse. But the actual “f word” was used once, so I don’t think Kate has an issue with saying it normally. It was just annoying.
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Becky Albertalli makes a dazzling addition to her library in an infrequent, solo effort for KATE IN WAITING. You can't help but root for Kate and Becky throughout.
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I love Becky Albertalli, but this one just did not do it for me. I like the idea and concept, but I may need to read this  one a second time because it really was just okay. I'm not sure if it was the character development, the predictability of it, or just the fact that it really was as straightforward as I thought it was.e I wanted to love it, but I just couldn't.
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I am disappointed with this book. I was expecting one thing and received another. It had potential but it was not well written.
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Nothing makes me happier than reading books with Jewish main characters (friendly reminder that representation is important). And can we talk about challah balls?! It's the only right way and I feel so seen. 

I loved Kate and Anderson. Their friendship was so intricate and beautiful and it made me long for something like what they shared. And they're based on real people!!!! This fact makes me love the book ten times more. You're a genius, Becky. A GENIUS. The way she writes teenage characters is so relatable and I connect with them so well. Most young adult books that attempt to incorporate teenage lingo and interest generally fall short, and there is a clear disconnect between the adult age of the author and the young age of the intended audience. However, Albertalli always manages to hit the nail on the head when writing about teens for teens. 

I really enjoyed how this book puts a large focus on friendship. There is a romance, and I thought it was well done, but I think the friendship aspect really helped make the book more well-rounded.
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I always enjoy Becky Albertalli's writing. She writes great teen characters that are so much fun. This book was fun for "drama kids" and theatre aspects.
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This was a fun and adorable YA contemporary. I love a good light read every now and then, and this book really fit the bill. It's compulsively readable and I will definitely be picking up other books by this author.
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Having loved all her other books, I was so excited to get to Kate In Waiting. This one takes place in school, like many of her books, but with the theater kids. Two friends, like forever friends, find themselves attracted to the same person, so what should they do? Well of course tell each other that they should continue crushing and let the crush choose... duh! But how will this work for their friendship? I love returning to high school through Becky's writing, you will too.
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This was a delightful story for younger teen romance lovers. The premise of two friends always have the same crush is a bit unbelievable, but Becky Albertalli writes in a way that helps you suspend your disbelief. 

Kate and Anderson have always formed crushes on the same guys. This gets complicated when their summer theater camp crush appears at their school in the fall. Will their friendship survive? And who will ultimately win the guy?

I like that through this story Kate was able to actually figure out who she is, without Anderson by her side. She grew up and found love in her own way and time. Recommended for larger library collections and for those who enjoyed Albertalli's other books.
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“I am so platonically in love with Anderson Walker, it makes my brain hurt.”
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There’s no one closer than Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker, but they aren’t codependent. They just drive to school together, take classes together, even get crushes on the same guys. Case in point: Matt Olsson from theater camp. Only now back home from their summer of fun Matt’s followed them back and is now living in their town. Through musical rehearsal Kate finds she can’t stop thinking about Matt…the only problem is neither can Anderson. Will this be the one thing Kate and Anderson’s best friendship can’t withstand?
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OMG I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK! Albertrlli is just the queen of teen young adult books. The representation is amazing, the stories are relatable and the truth of teenage life she is able to convey is always spot on. This was a YA romance but more than that it was about the real and true friendship between Kate and Andy. Every moment made me happy and I needed it this first few weeks back to school. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Synopsis: 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 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. 


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.
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I loved Becky Albertalli's latest! She explores friendship alongside romance so beautifully, and Kate was a winning, charming narrator. I was thrilled to come back to her solo work after reading several collaborations in a row!
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Kate and Andy share everything, even crushes. Which until now have no been a problem because they usually stay as crushes, hidden only between them. That is until their summertime crush becomes their shared school crush. This best friend's rom-com was entertaining and drama-filled pages. But they were overshadowed by the overuse of F*ck boy and the stagnant growth of the main character Kate. She had some heavy problems with how she dealt with the side characters and there was never a real heartfelt moment that occurred to resolve or try to bridge the two viewpoints.
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This book was fantastic! I loved Kate! I listened on audio while walking my dog and just kept walking as I couldn’t stop listening. Love Becky’s writing and characters
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This is such a cute, sweet story about crushes, theater, and friendship! Both Kate and Anderson have  a huge crush on the new kid, Matt, but the focus of the story is friendship more than romance. I loved Kate and Anderson’s friendship. They were honest, silly, and full of so much love for each other. I love that Anderson didn’t feel like the stereotypical gay best friend. 

What I loved most about this story was how very “teen” it felt. The situations and behaviors of the characters felt super realistic. And while I was not involved with theater like Kate, she reminded me a lot of how I was in high school, especially when it came to crushes and romance. 

There is no over-the-top drama in this, but there are real hurdles Kate and Anderson have to overcome. There is no villain or secret jealousies that were harbored. Just important lessons on trust and communication. And they become better friends through everything and the book ends in a very sweet happy ending for both. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun, light read.
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I wanted to like this . . . I really, really, really did, but unfortunately, this just fell a little flat for me.  I think Albertalli is a talented writer and the books in the Simon universe prove that (so good!).  However, in this new book, in a different universe, the characters failed to stand out to me and there wasn't much balance - everything almost felt like it was too much  I also agree with some reviewers in the overuse of the word of "f-boy."  So much so that it was kind of annoying.  I definitely think that teen readers and fans of Albertalli will enjoy this, making it a necessary addition to YA collections.  But I think it will also come with some mixed reviews too, especially those who are longtime fans of Simon and friends.
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I'm a huge fan of Becky Albertalli, so I was looking forward to reading her newest book. While this was an enjoyable YA contemporary, I didn't feel as connected to the characters as previous books have made me feel. The love interest was predictable from the start, but it was still fun watching the lead find her way to him.
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Kate in Waiting
By Becky Albertalli
4 out of 5

Thanks to @NetGalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review!

Kate and Anderson have been best friends FOREVER.   They share everything, down to their crushes.  But all that changes when their summer theatre camp crush moves to their town and enrolls in their high school.  Soon Kate and Andy find themselves walking an awkward line as they both pursue the same boy - while they are all in the same high school musical production.  

This book was a great example of the quintessential high-school rom-com written for a performing arts nerd like me, but I think that anyone (not just musical theatre lovers) would find this story enjoyable.  Ultimately, it’s a book about growing from change, and it was just incredibly sweet and heartwrenching.  I HOPE someone makes this into a movie, because it’s got all the great YA contemporary romance tropes in there - and they’re done well.  I was extremely happy with who everyone ended up with in this book, even though the ending was pretty evident about 55% of the way through.  Definitely pick this up for a fun back-to-school read though; you won’t be disappointed!
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and their friendships and the theater setting. Becky is definitely one of my favorite authors. But I feel like the explicit language in this book is just too much for my middle school library. However, I will definitely recommend this book to our high school librarian.
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