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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....
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....
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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.

About the Author-

  • Becky Albertalli is the number one New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); The Upside of Unrequited; Leah on the Offbeat; the Simonverse novella Love, Creekwood; What If It's Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera); Yes No Maybe So (cowritten with Aisha Saeed); and most recently, Kate in Waiting. Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2021

    Gr 9 Up-Two things are true about white teen Kate-she's always in the ensemble, never the lead, and she and her best friend Andy, who is Black, have always shared unattainable crushes. Both of those things are about to change when Matt Olsson enters the scene. The two crushed on him at an out-of-state theater camp and said their goodbyes, only for him to turn up in their theater room on the first day of school. To make things more interesting, Kate has finally been cast in a leading role in the school's musical and her love interest is played by none other than Matt. Now, Kate and Andy have to navigate this communal crush, with real feelings involved, and craft some ground rules to help them handle the situation and keep their friendship intact. Told in Albertalli's typical rom-com style, this book is endearing, charming, and packed with plenty of snark. VERDICT Reminiscent of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Albertalli crafts a story that offers an honest and realistic look at high school relationships-romantic and platonic. Recommended for all collections.-Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2021
    Best friends--she is straight, he is gay--crush on the same guy. Kate and her best friend, Anderson, do everything together--including falling for Matt, a gorgeous vocal consultant at summer theater camp. Their close friends say it is because they are codependent, but for Kate, Anderson is the person at the center of her life, and anyway, she thinks crushes are more fun (and less painful) when not done solo. Communal summer swooning is sort of their thing, and they expect this one to end the same way the others do. But when Matt shows up as a new student at their school, both Kate and Anderson realize they have to navigate this joint crush in real life. Not knowing whether Matt likes guys or girls or more--but knowing they both really do like him--they set up some ground rules so as not to hurt each other and decide to just roll with it. But of course that is easier said than done when romantic feelings are involved. The novel features strong character development and a diverse cast of primary and supporting characters; Kate is White and Jewish, Anderson is Black, and Matt is White. Real chemistry between the different love interests in the book, authentic dialogue, supportive friendships, and Albertalli's signature humor make this a must-read. Flips the script on battling over a boy in the best way possible. (Fiction. 12-18)

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  • Booklist

    March 15, 2021
    Grades 7-10 Kate Garfield has never really been in a relationship, but she's not too worried about it. Having a crush is the fun part, and Kate and her best friend, Anderson, always crush on the same guy together. Sure, their other friends may mock them for being joined at the hip in all things, but for Kate, being in love just couldn't be as good as talking to Andy about being in love. At summer theater camp, the object of their shared desire was dreamy Matt Olsson--a guy they talked about more than to, and whom they expect never to see again. But when their junior year of high school starts and Matt is suddenly their school's newest student, the unthinkable might happen: one of them might actually have a shot. The ever-popular Albertalli weighs friendship against romance in a novel that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtfully characterized. Andy's Blackness is generally incidental, although he discusses feeling like an outsider among his white peers. Packed with musical-theater references and sparkling dialogue, this journey of self-discovery sings. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ever since she took the YA world by storm with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015), Albertalli's been reeling in fans with her inclusive and voice-driven love stories. Her fans will welcome Kate to the fold.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Albertalli has crafted a rom-com that's not only sharp and funny, but distinguished by its casually diverse LGBTQ cast's awareness that friendship (among friends, to be sure, but also siblings, and gasp, romantic interests) is as important as love."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Real chemistry between the different love interests in the book, authentic dialogue, supportive friendships, and Albertalli's signature humor make this a must-read. Flips the script on battling over a boy in the best way possible."
  • Shelf Awareness (starred review) "Endearingly heartfelt...gushing with laughs"
  • School Library Journal "[E]ndearing and charming... Reminiscent of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Albertalli crafts a story that offers an honest and realistic look at high school relationships—romantic and platonic."
  • Horn Book Magazine "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."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The racially diverse cast (Anderson is Black; Kate is white) is likewise inclusive of gender and sexuality, ultimately underscoring the story's ideal that love is love is love, especially when that love is friendship."

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