Hello Fellow Readers,
I hope you are doing well.
Today I am so thrilled to share my review of Kate in Waiting for the #UltimateBlogTour organised by The Write Reads & Penguin.
From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.
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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…
I received an e-copy from Penguin UK, via The Write Reads Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I think it’s official, I love everything that comes out from Becky Albertalli. Even if she publishes her grocery shopping, I would read it and I would love it (and I would buy it). I loved Kate In Waiting, it was such a lovely, sweet story.
Taking place in Roswell, Georgia, Becky tells us a story of Kate and Andy, who are like super BFFs and often end up sharing the same crush. When they both start having feeling for the new guy, Matt, their friendship is tested and Kate and Andy have to find a way to protect their precious relationship. But, when the three of them are all cast in the school musical, things get super complicated. Who will Matt choose? Will Kate and Andy still remain friends at the end of the musical? Well… you need to read this story to find out.
Once again, music and musical are a pivotal elements to Albertalli’s storytelling and you can tell how much research she did on Once Upon A Mattress, which I didn’t even know is actually a real musical. And once again, she is so good at depicting life as a teenager with their crush and fixation on a school production. And this is why, even if the plot was predictable, it was still a lovely and sweet rom-com to read, which I devoured.
Everything is told completely from Kate’s POV, which sometimes can come across as a bit annoying or selfish, and around her, you have this fantastic diverse cast of characters. I think sometimes I wanted to slap her, because how can she not realise her actions were hurting others, but I sort of still get that, I think I was the same as Kate at her age, not so delicate. The best character, I think, was Noah, it was impossible not to love him from the very beginning. But again, because of the first-person narrative, you don’t get to understand fully why Kate and Andy would both fall for Matt or you don’t get a clear picture of Andy’s perspective.
I still think it was a reflection on how sometimes we just tend to categorise people under certain stereotypes and we just judge them accordingly. Again, while some people may find the whole “f-boy” talks repetitive or disturbing, I still think that this is something we all do during high school.
In the end, the plot was not perfect, but the writing is just simply so worth it. Becky Albertalli has this talent in describing the realism of teenage crushes, when you spend hours examining every single eye movement, word, gesture… who didn’t do that? It is a sweet light story about discovering love and platonic relationships. I simply love it and if you loved her previous works, you will need to get a copy of this book.
Becky Albertalli – Bio:
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. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Follow her on Twitter: @beckyalbertalli
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