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Released: May 3 2022
Genre: Young Adult
Chloe Green is at the top of her game. With a month to go before graduation, she’s on the road to valedictorian. The only thing in her way? Her rival, Shara Wheeler, prom queen and principal’s daughter. But then one night, Shara kisses Chloe, then vanishes. On the hunt for answers, Chloe soon realizes, she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime boyfriend and Rory, the bad boy next door. The three have nothing in common, except that they all kissed Shara. Following the notes Shara left behind for them, the three work together to untangle the clues and find Shara before graduation, and just might find an unlikely alliance that will bring each other closer to finding the truest versions of themselves.
Rarely do I read a synopsis before reading a book, so the beginning of I Kissed Shara Wheeler threw me for a loop. It was much different than I anticipated and definitely a departure from other Casey McQuiston’s books I’ve read. The beginning was slow for me, as the groundwork needed to be laid for the mystery of where Shara went, plus the complicated relationships between all the characters. Once I got about 35% of the way in, I was definitely hooked and wanted to know what was going to happen next.
While this is not one of my favorites from Casey, I loved the messages throughout the book. I Kissed Shara Wheeler was about self-discovery and finding love in unexpected places. It’s about standing up for what you believe in and the true meaning of friendship. There is definitely more than what meets the eye of Chloe, Shara, Smith and Rory and I loved following their entangled journeys. I mainly listened to the audiobook and I thought the narrator, Natalie Naudus, was absolutely fantastic. I Kissed Shara Wheeler has amazing queer and diverse representation.
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