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.
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I’m so happy to be part of the blog tour of this book and share the excitement for its release with so many other readers, so Thank you to Dave from The Writers’ Reads blog tour, it’s a blessing since otherwise, I might not have read the book as soon as I did, and I really liked it! Above all, I think the friendship as such that’s portrayed during the story is absolutely beautiful and I love how it’s built and executed, it feels super real and honest, and I love seeing the characters interacting with each other and overcoming obstacles together, I think that’s the true soul of the book, but there’s romance in here and that’s also good.
In this book, we follow Kate and Anderson, two best friends whose bond seems to be unbreakable, but everything changes one day when their childhood crush returns to town. Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved.
This is a superfluid contemporary plot to read, that hooks you from the first moment, and it’s very easy to feel close to the characters, these are three super important aspects so that I personally can enjoy a book within the genre, since although I like to read Contemporaries from time to time, I usually gravity more towards those who have darker or more magical aspects, so reading something like this one, much lighter and “mundane” in some way, is unusual for me. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would, I think it has a solid foundation of friendship that’s very pleasant to read, and I can say that itself is just enough to sustain the whole story until the end, it’s a very well-created friendship, executed and thought out, so you want to know what will happen between them till the last page.
Personally, don’t think the conflict in itself is big enough for me, but I respect that it was for them and this conflict in some way has been helpful in establishing a deeper and more honest line of communication between them, plus other things are revealed, some interesting situations and triggers extremely interesting scenes to read, so if you look at it from that perspective I think the conflict itself, of these friends sharing feelings for the same person, isn’t the main focus or it’s not what really catches you, you know? I mean, maybe it is for you and that’s great! because it’s also a great seasoning for the plot, but for me as a reader I was more interested in other aspects than that point as such, I hope you understand what I mean by this. Basically, the story is super-fluid to read, friendship is great and has wonderful family scenes too, but romance as such is perhaps not so protagonist for me.
It’s not the first time that I read the author, I’ve read, as most of us, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so I was already familiar in some way with her writing style, which I find extremely relaxing to read, for some reason, I find it very easy to connect with her characters and get to feel really interested in everything that they do, I love that, I really recommend Becky Alberteli’s books.
It has its part kind of cheesy or cliche at times especially when portraying the experience of a teenager in high school since it’s something I’ve read many times, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t still entertaining and fun to read, I just think it’s important to mention it in case this is something you don’t want to find. In addition to student drama, there’s also a musical going on, which I surprisingly liked in this book, it’s very well done and these are moments of great enjoyment for the characters and that makes it almost cross the pages, it was very fun, that’s for sure.
The characters are great and they’re very well created, each one of them, not only the main ones but also the secondary ones, have something that makes them unique and makes them stand out in wonderful ways, what can I say? I really adore the characters that the author creates, somehow they touch my heart. I loved Noah and Anderson, I would say they’re my faves, but really they are all great, and I like how within the group we know a little about their lives and even though this happens in a superficial way, we can understand where each of their acts come from and why they’re the way they are, which makes the characters feel even more realistic. I could mention in addition to Kate and the guys I mentioned above, Raina, Matt, and Brandie, all great. Maybe we could have more work a little more on some interactions between them and some dialogues I feel that sometimes they’re a bit short, you know? but even so, these are very small details, the book and the characters in their entirety are incredible.
To summarize my thoughts and feelings about the book, I want to say that I honestly enjoyed it a lot, I think the way in which Becky has given a deeper approach to friendship in this book was the right decision, this aspect made me love the story itself much more since even when all the elements are good, the friendship is absolutely stunning. I recommend it, no doubt, if you want to read a story that will touch your heart and make you feel many beautiful things inside, but also if you want to read a solid friendship that flows naturally and realistically. It has beautiful scenes that would have made the teenage me fall dead in love lol & it’s simply that kind of book that although it explores a stressful and dramatic situation for the characters, it’s super light and super easy to read at the same time, 400 pages that will pass you by as if they were 100. It’s a great work of the author that makes me want to read much more of her in the future, I hope she continues to focus on this type of plot more focused on friendship because I think it will get better and better.
About The Author
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 www.beckyalbertalli.com.
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