Review: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Kate in Waiting does not live up to the high standards set by her earlier work.
This one feels very much like a by-the-numbers work of fiction, with limited world building and a love interest that lacks depth. The set up is this. Kate has been best friends with Anderson for a long time. They often share crushes, on account of the fact that Kate is straight and Anderson is gay. Their latest crush is Matt, a guy from their theatre camp. When they return to high school for their senior year a surprise is in store--Matt has enrolled at school and is in their drama class. He wants to be friends but only one of them can date Matt and it might just put a strain on their friendship ...
This novel is not told as well as it could be. Matt never feels like a fully formed character, and everyone else in Kate and Addison's group of friends feels like they are there to make up a diversity checklist. Don't get me wrong, diversity in YA is excellent, but for it to work, it needs to flow very naturally. What is also bothersome is the way that the characters judge everyone else at their school and the endless usage of the words fuck boy, and f-boy, which I felt was unnecessary. The whole thing is intended as a fun novel about theatre obsessed kids, but it comes across as very forced and lacking in depth.
Not really recommended.