Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
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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.
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I am desperate for more YA books that mainly feature the highs and lows of platonic friendships, and Becky Albertalli delivered exactly that! Kate and Anderson’s friendship was so loving and precious, they were very dependent on each other as most friendships are which created tension and anguish when their communal crush began to come between them. However what I particularly loved about Kate in Waiting was that the author didn’t include Matt as a driving force between Kate and Anderson, but simply as a distraction which led to a break down in communication, meaning this novel could be relatable for many readers who’ve been through a similar break up even when a boy was not the reason.
Becky Albertalli has a talent for writing very genuine high school characters, from giving cliques their own inside joke nicknames to embarrassing and awkward romance moments, there is an accuracy in Becky Albertalli’s novels that is hard to find elsewhere. I also love the representation of Jewish faith in Becky Albertalli’s novels, religion is always discussed in a normalised and routine way without any need for explanation or justification. As well as exploring friendships, Kate in Waiting discusses multiple family dynamics such as co-parenting, living between divorced parents, and Kate’s relationship with her brother, Ryan.
Becky Albertalli books are pure comfort reads for me, and Kate in Waiting was exactly the type of novel I needed to lift up my mood. The story was fast paced with plenty of friendship and romantic drama to keep me very entertained throughout. The story mainly revolves around a love triangle of sorts, which could easily have put me off reading this novel but Becky Albertalli handled the romance and friendships within the story perfectly. A theatre setting, plenty of musical references and short chapters meant Kate in Waiting was the perfect book for me, I adored it!
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