Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

“In a play, everything’s planned out and controlled, even the dramatic parts. But nothing in real life is like that. Real life is chaos.” – Kate 

Synopsis: Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker might as well be joined at the hip. They do almost everything together, carpooling to school, making life decisions, and even falling for the same guy. Communal crushes are nothing new for them, though for the most part they had been fantasies. Everything changes when their latest long-distance crush moves to their school. Not only is Matt Olsson at their school, he is also trying out for the school musical with them. Kate and Anderson realize that they will be spending a lot of time with him. The limit of their excitement does not exist, but they both have to come to terms with the fact that they both have very feelings for Matt, and that could cost them their friendship. 

Review: Between Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore and Kate in Waiting, this has been a great year for stories with a musical aspect. Kate has a lot of growth in this story, and she learned a lot about the relationships she already had and the ones that she didn’t realize she had. Like many of the other recent YA books, Kate in Waiting has a huge focus on friendships which is something that I am always here for. Becky put some great representation into this book, and had my favorite kind of representation: Jewish characters. The Jewish aspect wasn’t central to the story, except for some backstory aspects, and that was totally fine because it showed Jewish characters in a non-Jewish focused story. And Kate’s mom is such a Ashki Jewish mom. It was a great experience to see Kate navigate her relationships, both romantic and non-romantic, and to see her and Anderson grow from this experience. 

Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for digital ARC. 

Read: 4/1/2021-4/13/21 
Release date: April 20th, 2021; Balzer + Bray 
Page count: 400 
Rating: ★★★★ 
Genre: Contemporary 
Audience: Young Adult 

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