Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

Thank you so much to Dave @TheWriteReads and @WriteReadTours, author Becky Albertalli and Penguin for providing me with a copy of this book, all the opinions of this books are mine and mine alone.

Name: Kate in Waiting

Author: Becky Albertalli

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 400 pages

Format: Kindle edition

Published On: 20th April, 2021

Published By: Penguin Books

CAWPILE RATING – 8.14/10.00

  • Characters – 8
  • Atmosphere – 8 
  • Writing – 10
  • Plot – 7
  • Intrigue – 8
  • Logic – 7
  • Enjoyment – 9

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

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.


Becky Albertalli is such a phenomenal author, her writing is very easy to fall into, easy to read and just enjoyable that I find myself getting lost into it.

The plot of the book was more embedded into friendship than it is in romance and I loved that about this because this had such a unique plot.

Kate and Anderson have a very close bond and their friendship is so amazing and the idea of communal crushes was pretty unique.

I liked how the story progressed, with the glimpses of romance and the theatre was nice and fun and both the relationships were developed really well, they were sweet and amazing.

What I really liked was the friendship between Kate and Anderson, from being co-dependent friends who couldn’t even have crushes without each other to people who understand that they are two different people and not one being.

The problems that come between them are painful but the way they get over it is amazing and I love every aspect of reading the book.

My major porblem with this book was how judgey Kate’s group was with the entire fuckboys and fuckgirls thing, they way they just assumed a person was a f-boy or girl and didn’t even wanna be associated with them did ire me a little.

Kate, she is both an adorable and kinda be a little infuriating but time but for the most part she is a great character. Seeing her character become more than just a townsperson to someone in herself was a nice journey to follow and I was rooting for her the whole time. I kinda guessed the romance but seeing it play out was fun and I liked her personality quite a bit.

Anderson, he was also kinda like Kate, very co-dependent on his bestie, his character also went through some changes through the book though since the book is via Kate’s eyes we don’t get to see what Anderson is going through in the book, I think that would have added a great element to the story.

Along side our two main character we have an amazing cast of supporting characters whom were all very very lovely, my favorite among the group was Noah Kaplan, he is such a goofy character that is hard not to like him.

Overall this book was heartwarming, along with cute romances it also has a great friendship element which I appreciated quite a lot and the characters are some that you will definitely love with all your heart.

I would recommend this book to everyone who liked Becky Albertalli’s writing and is looking for a cute and quick read with more friendship than romance


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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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5 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

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  2. Susana @susanalovesbooks

    This book seems like a great review! I read Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda and I liked it so I’m looking forward to giving Kate in Waiting a try, especially because I love stories with strong friendship bonds 😊 Not a fan of a super judgemental mentality, *but* I feel like I might be able to overlook that.
    Lovely review 💙

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