I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Page Count: 356 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need…
Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.
But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.
On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.
Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.
Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.
Absolutely adored I Kissed Shara Wheeler! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was perfect! I enjoyed it a lot, it was fun and messy and full of disaster gays!!
Casey’s YA debut is as charming and funny as their other works, with witty dialogues galore. It’s about friendships and first love, about self identity and queer found family.
I loved the development of the friendship between our 3 main characters, Chloe, Smith and Rory. Even though it’s written entirely from Chloe’s perspective, each of their distinct personalities clearly shines through. Each of them are complex and interesting and I loved them together.
Chloe’s journey is messy and real and I loved every second of it. She is snarky, intense and sarcastic. We also get academic rivals to lovers, which is pure excellence. Chloe and Shara just work perfectly and the romance me swoon. I also loves the side couple, they are so cute!!
I also loved Georgia, Chloe’s bestfriend. Overall it’s a sweet and funny story that’ll make you fall for all the characters!
*ALC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review