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Book Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (ARC)

"Chloe Green has 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 daughter.


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 neighbour 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."


Pages: 368

 

I received I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston for free by Macmillan on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy!


CASEY MCQUISTON HAS DONE IT AGAIN!


Red, White & Royal Blue and One Last Stop are two of my favourite books so when I heard that Casey was writing a YA sapphic novel it instantly became one of my most anticipated reads!

Our protagonist is Chloe Green, a regular troublemaker at her school and in a fierce competition to become valedictorian against the schools perfect girl Shara Wheeler.


Chloe is such an interesting and entertaining main character! She does her best to reject the school and the town, desperate to leave for uni, but the search for Shara kind of pulls her in and she finally lets people in who have the potential to become great friends and let’s herself be more open!


Casey is amazing at writing such complex characters! All of them have so many layers and I really loved how these teenagers are messy, flawed and trying to figure themselves out and their place in the world.

I also really loved how they deconstruct the notion of the ‘perfect girl’ and highlight that everyone has flaws and that’s ok!

The story is wonderfully queer and I really enjoyed the conversations about different identities that the characters had. So many people will recognise themselves in these pages which is so important!


I also need to appreciate the subtle music references which were absolute perfection! I mean starting off with a line from Mr Brightside and also casually mentioning bleachers is practically catnip to me!


I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a fun mystery that will keep you hooked throughout!

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