Who can turn down the chance to read anything by YA whiz, Becky Albertalli when it turns up in your inbox?? I know I can’t so as soon as I came across her brand new novel, I pounced! Here’s what I thought of the latest offering, Kate in Waiting…
Huge thanks, as always, go to Dave at The Write Reads for the opportunity to be part of this particularly exciting #TheUltimateBlogTour!
Blurb: Anderson likes this boy. Anderson really likes this boy. But I really this boy, too. And it’s all turning out to be a little more complicated than I thought it would be.
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate and Anderson are not co-dependent.
Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgement.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when their long-distance crush Matt Olsen shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. 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 and Anderson have been best friends for the longest time. They’re the kind of best friends who do everything together, even when it comes to crushing on boys. When their mutual summer camp crush, Matt, turns up on the first day back at school as a new student, it’s like a dream come true! But will this spell disaster for their friendship?
The first thing that came to mind when I read the blurb for this book was Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Leviathan but dare I say, I enjoyed it even more! If you’re a fan of contemporary YA stories (think the explosion of The Kissing Booth, To All the Boys and Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda) then I’m certain that this should be on your tbr. The stand out part of this book is Albertalli’s fantastic writing style that is instantly recognisable from her other books and continues to make for an all around fun (and often times emotional) reading experience. The story is fun and moves at a nice pace, keeping things interesting without becoming confusing. We get to meet lots of characters but it’s often in passing which is great if you’re like me and get lost in the midst of huge casts. This story is a fabulous look at friendships at their most all consuming, the overwhelming nature of teenage crushes (we’ve all had the ones that really knock you for six!) and being true to yourself.
Another thing I loved about this book was the representation. Anderson is openly gay, Raina is trans and there’s a whole range of ethnicities and appearances mentioned in the character descriptions. I love that I’m being able to point this out more and more in YA reviews as every reader deserves to see themselves represented in the stories they read. I also want to note that there are a lot of mentions of not outing someone without their permission which I think is a wonderful reminder to us all that no matter the situation you (or in this case, the characters) find themselves in or whatever feelings they’re dealing with, it’s never ok to out someone before they’re ready.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA stories with a healthy dose of romance, laugh out loud writing and a heap of representation!
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