From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli, author ofSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon), comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and, yes, theatre.
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. 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. 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.
I loved the premise of this book. Two best friends crushing on the same person? Normal… But one being gay and one straight? Amazing and lovely chaos! They thought their friendship was full prove, but is it, when their summer communal crush stars going to the same school as them?
I really enjoyed reading about Kate and Andy’s relationship. They are the best of friends and do everything together, but sometimes there’s things that try and destroy friendships like that, so I really enjoyed seeing how they managed to try and keep it going. Kate is an awesome character, I love how much she loves theatre, how much it really means to her and of course Andy. They share everything in their friendship, including crushes, and that’s for sure something I had yet to read about.
I loved seeing them pursuing their crush, it was really fast paces, entertaining and easy to read, like any other Albertalli book. I especially enjoyed how realistic the characters felt. Albertalli always makes me feel like I’m part of the book, if you know what I mean. I would have loved being best friends with Kate and Andy!
As for other characters, Noah was a super cute one.I really liked how honest and entertaining his character was. He is a bit of a goof with a good heart. I really liked him, more even than Matt. Matt was cute sure but Noah was adorable!
Overall amazing friendship scenes, super adorable family scenes and a lot of scandal proper for a theatre book. It was easy to read, full of twists and turns and really well drawn characters. Like any other of the authors books, I couldn’t recommend it more! Her writing is as always full of emotion and all types of feelings!
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