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Kate in Waiting



by
Becky Albertalli

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780062643834
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
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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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Friendship. Best friends. High schools. Musical theater. Secrets. Romance. Love triangles.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Kate and her best guy friend Anderson are obsessed with musical theater—and also, frequently, with the same boys. At summer theater camp, they both crush on gorgeous “Coke-Ad Matt,” who is also, they discover on the first day of junior year, a new student at their Georgia high school. Their “communal crush” gets complicated when Matt is cast as Kate’s love interest in the school’s production of Once upon a Mattress. Though neither friend knows Matt’s orientation, Kate believes Matt likes her and worries that dating him would affect her friendship with Anderson. Meanwhile, she’s developing feelings for her cute, goofy neighbor, Noah, who’s also in the show. As the central character, Kate is funny and sensitive, with a sharp eye for observation (her colorful descriptions of the habits of the school’s jocks, a.k.a. “f-boys,” are spot-on), a supportive and genuine relationship with Anderson, and palpable chemistry with Noah. The supporting cast, too, is well developed and naturally diverse—the fact that Kate and Anderson’s good friend is transgender, and a castmate uses a wheelchair, is NBD. While theater fans will especially identify with the story, recognizing their passion in Kate’s own, the solid friendship and romance at its core will appeal to a broader audience. RACHEL L. SMITH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Kate and her best guy friend Anderson are obsessed with musical theater—and also, frequently, with the same boys. At summer theater camp, they both crush on gorgeous “Coke-Ad Matt,” who is also, they discover on the first day of junior year, a new student at their Georgia high school. Their “communal crush” gets complicated when Matt is cast as Kate’s love interest in the school’s production of Once upon a Mattress. Though neither friend knows Matt’s orientation, Kate believes Matt likes her and worries that dating him would affect her friendship with Anderson. Meanwhile, she’s developing feelings for her cute, goofy neighbor, Noah, who’s also in the show. As the central character, Kate is funny and sensitive, with a sharp eye for observation (her colorful descriptions of the habits of the school’s jocks, a.k.a. “f-boys,” are spot-on), a supportive and genuine relationship with Anderson, and palpable chemistry with Noah. The supporting cast, too, is well developed and naturally diverse—the fact that Kate and Anderson’s good friend is transgender, and a castmate uses a wheelchair, is NBD. While theater fans will especially identify with the story, recognizing their passion in Kate’s own, the solid friendship and romance at its core will appeal to a broader audience. RACHEL L. SMITH

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