Book Review: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Synopsis: 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: I received an arc of this book via penguin and Write reads tours, the cute cover initially drew me in and I found the premise an entertaining one. I think the plot whilst predictable was perfect, the friendships were realistic and multifaceted and I found myself thoroughly enjoying this one. Katie is the classic relatable girl who’s got insecurities and a phobia to good clothes and makeup, which is very typical for this genre. Andy is the talented radiant best friend who is refreshing comfortable with his sexuality, I really enjoyed their friendship dynamic and seeing how they responded when feeling a threat to their relationship with the love interest Matt. My favourite character by a mile is Noah.

I really enjoyed the writing style and found the short bitesize chapters really manageable for reading in spare moments throughout the day. If I had to change anything I reduce the amount of times “F-boy” is used and eradicate the word selfie because I refuse to believe anybody actually says that anymore. That said I’m not the target audience and the characters are all teenagers, based on that I think this book would be perfect for it’s target audience and those like me who occasionally indulge in a fun romantic read. Overall I really recommend this one and YA romance lovers should go read it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the Author: 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
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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

  1. Amazing review, I had the same thoughts about all the swear words, not too sure about how so many of those would still let the book be counted as YA, I found them to not be so necessary if I’m honest.


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