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.
Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) centers a close friendship in this theater-infused novel that swaps chapters for scenes. Best friends Kate Garfield, who is Jewish and white, and Anderson Walker, who is Black, have lots in common: they're neighbors in an Atlanta suburb who both live for theater and tend to fall for the same guy each summer, despite having "no game." So far, though, their communal crushes have worked out just fine. When their most recent interest, white "Coke-Ad"-cute Matt from theater camp, transfers to their school, though, he's promptly cast as Kate's love interest in Once upon a Mattress. As their mutual feelings for him test their friendship, Kate's old friend and neighbor Noah, an "f-boy" jock, seems increasingly smitten with Kate. She's not interested, naturally he can't even sing but he does make her laugh. 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. Ages 14 up. \n