Kate in waiting

Becky Albertalli

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Best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker share a love of theater and crushes on the same guys, but when one of their long-distance crushes shows up at their school, real feelings might end their friendship.

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Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
387 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062643834
0062643835
0063073927
9780063073920
Main Author
Becky Albertalli (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kate Garfield has never really been in a relationship, but she's not too worried about it. Having a crush is the fun part, and Kate and her best friend, Anderson, always crush on the same guy together. Sure, their other friends may mock them for being joined at the hip in all things, but for Kate, being in love just couldn't be as good as talking to Andy about being in love. At summer theater camp, the object of their shared desire was dreamy Matt Olsson—a guy they talked about more than to, and whom they expect never to see again. But when their junior year of high school starts and Matt is suddenly their school's newest student, the unthinkable might happen: one of them might actually have a shot. The ever-popular Albertalli weighs friendship against romance in a novel that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtfully characterized. Andy's Blackness is generally incidental, although he discusses feeling like an outsider among his white peers. Packed with musical-theater references and sparkling dialogue, this journey of self-discovery sings. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ever since she took the YA world by storm with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015), Albertalli's been reeling in fans with her inclusive and voice-driven love stories. Her fans will welcome Kate to the fold. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Kate Garfield has never really been in a relationship, but she's not too worried about it. Having a crush is the fun part, and Kate and her best friend, Anderson, always crush on the same guy together. Sure, their other friends may mock them for being joined at the hip in all things, but for Kate, being in love just couldn't be as good as talking to Andy about being in love. At summer theater camp, the object of their shared desire was dreamy Matt Olsson—a guy they talked about more than to, and whom they expect never to see again. But when their junior year of high school starts and Matt is suddenly their school's newest student, the unthinkable might happen: one of them might actually have a shot. The ever-popular Albertalli weighs friendship against romance in a novel that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtfully characterized. Andy's Blackness is generally incidental, although he discusses feeling like an outsider among his white peers. Packed with musical-theater references and sparkling dialogue, this journey of self-discovery sings. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ever since she took the YA world by storm with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015), Albertalli's been reeling in fans with her inclusive and voice-driven love stories. Her fans will welcome Kate to the fold. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) centers a close friendship in this theater-infused novel that swaps chapters for scenes. Best friends Kate Garfield, who is Jewish and white, and Anderson Walker, who is Black, have lots in common: they're neighbors in an Atlanta suburb who both live for theater and tend to fall for the same guy each summer, despite having "no game." So far, though, their communal crushes have worked out just fine. When their most recent interest, white "Coke-Ad"-cute Matt from theater camp, transfers to their school, though, he's promptly cast as Kate's love interest in Once upon a Mattress. As their mutual feelings for him test their friendship, Kate's old friend and neighbor Noah, an "f-boy" jock, seems increasingly smitten with Kate. She's not interested, naturally—he can't even sing—but he does make her laugh. Albertalli has crafted a rom-com that's not only sharp and funny, but distinguished by its casually diverse LGBTQ cast's awareness that friendship (among friends, to be sure, but also siblings, and gasp, romantic interests) is as important as love. Ages 14–up. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Two things are true about white teen Kate—she's always in the ensemble, never the lead, and she and her best friend Andy, who is Black, have always shared unattainable crushes. Both of those things are about to change when Matt Olsson enters the scene. The two crushed on him at an out-of-state theater camp and said their goodbyes, only for him to turn up in their theater room on the first day of school. To make things more interesting, Kate has finally been cast in a leading role in the school's musical and her love interest is played by none other than Matt. Now, Kate and Andy have to navigate this communal crush, with real feelings involved, and craft some ground rules to help them handle the situation and keep their friendship intact. Told in Albertalli's typical rom-com style, this book is endearing, charming, and packed with plenty of snark. VERDICT Reminiscent of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Albertalli crafts a story that offers an honest and realistic look at high school relationships—romantic and platonic. Recommended for all collections.—Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker share a love of theater and crushes on the same guys, but when one of their long-distance crushes shows up at their school, real feelings might end their friendship.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and rom-com queen Becky Albertalli comes a buoyant new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life, and, yes, theater. 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and rom-com queen Becky Albertalli comes a buoyant new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life, and, yes, theater. 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.