Title: Kate in Waiting
Author: Becky Albertali
Release Date: 22/ /2021
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 32
(see below for breakdown)
I received a free finished copy from Penguin Platform ,via The Write Reads Blog tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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. *
This book was cute, very cute, sickeningly cute in a delightful way. But that’s all I really have to say about it. It was well written, the characters were cute but the story was overly predictable and fore me there wasn’t really enough character growth to call it a character driven novel. While the theatre aspects were super fun, for me they just didn’t dive deep enough. We just sort of skimmed the surface of Kate’s life and never really dug deep into any aspect.
The best this was the yoyo of emotions Kate feels when dealing with her best friend and her feelings for the new guy. These felt very realistic and leant some real authenticity to the the story. However, I still feel we jumped too quickly between them to full get a grasp of how Kate was feeling and how she worked through those feelings. I kind of wanted more from some of the other relationships too. Kate and her brother Ryan had such a sweet relationship and I really would have loved to read more about that. I would have liked a little more development of the romances too. Again, they are so sweet but we only really get a little scratch at the surface.
While it had amazing amounts of rep, it started to feel a little bit like diversity bingo, especially when characters would be mentioned to shoehorn in one of these diverse characters and then never appear again. I also wasn’t sure quite who the references and there for age range of the reader this book was aiming at. There were a lot of references to mid 2000, when I was a teen and I am in my 30s so it felt a bit off if the target market is current teens.
Overall, this is a cute fun and fast paced read. Its a nice palate cleanser read especially if you have had yourself buried in some darker reads like I have. For me it wasn’t a bad book, I was very entertained. It just isn’t up there with the best of them for me. Some time you just need a quick cute read and this was it.