I’m back yet again with another fab Ultimate Blog Tour!!! Once again a massive shout out to Dave @The_WriteReads and the gang for my spot today!!! Also let’s not forget a big thank you to Penguin for providing an eARC!!
Today’s tour is for…
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: 2nd April 2021
“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’ve only previously read one book by Becky Albertalli which was What If It’s Us and having liked it I couldn’t wait to give this one a go.
This is a well written book but did find the writing to be a bit repetitive especially when it came to the constant use of the F-boys. At first I didn’t mind but then it seriously started to get annoying. At one point I’m sure it was appeared over 6 times on one page alone. The plot started off really fun but as the book progressed I started to lose interest. Personally, I feel like there was something missing in the plot, and just didn’t end up loving it as much as I thought I would after reading the premises before starting the book.
What I really loved about this book was the representation Albertalli has included. From the openly gay characters (Anderson), the trans characters (Raina) as well as the wide range of characters from all different ethnicities.
I didn’t really connect to the main character Kate. I actually found her to be annoying, it felt like her character was always acting and wasn’t truely being herself in front of her friends. Personally, I wanted to learn more about her true self. Saying that I really liked the friendship between the different characters. My favorite character out of all of them was definitely Noah. He was the all-round good guy and would love to have him as a friend.
Kate In Waiting is definitely a cute YA contemporary that is perfect for the younger readers, unfortunately I feel I may be a little too old to have appreciated its full potential. But I can definitely see many Albertalli fans and younger readers embracing this book with open arms and loving it. So, if you’re looking for a fun, cute, YA contemporary then this is a book for you!!
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.