• Title: Kate in Waiting
  • Author: Becky Albertalli
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray on April 20, 2021
  • Genre: Cozy Romance (Contemporary)
  • Pages: 400
  • Formats Available: Hardcover, Audio Book, & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Bullying

Many thanks to The Write Reads, NetGalley, and Becky Albertalli for providing me with a digital copy of Kate in Waiting with a request for an honest review.

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Kate in Waiting Blurb

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.


Kate Garfield
Anderson Walker

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…

My Review

It took me a long time to read Simon and the Homo Sapien Agenda. I didn’t think it would live up to the hype, but I ended up adoring it. So, when The Write Reads announced that Kate in Waiting was going on tour, I knew I had to join in. I am so glad I did. Becky Albertalli stepped up her already magnificent game with this one. I loved it so much!

This story is so adorable. Kate and Anderson are the sweetest platonic couple I have ever read. Though when Matt came along, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I couldn’t decide if I wanted him to match with Kate or Anderson. Then Noah got all up in my feels. My heart couldn’t make up its mind at all.

I cried almost through the entire second half of the book. There were so many emotions that needed releasing. I went from sad to happy to excited and around again. I smiled so hard that I hurt my cheeks.

I am thrilled to award Kate in Waiting a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you want a wonderfully diverse story that will make you laugh and cry, you need to read this novel.

About the Author – Becky Albertalli

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.

Author Contact Links: Twitter | Instagram

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  1. I’ve heard so many good things about this book. Thanks for sharing your review. I’m starting to think I need to read it too.

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