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I Kissed Shara Wheeler

By Casey McQuiston


This book will take you on quite the journey – with a wide variety of characters ranging from witty and sarcastic to soft and sweet, all of whom are lovable, you are sure to adore this read!

Genre: Contemporary

Recommended Age Level: 13+


Rating: 5/5


To get the girl, first you have to find her.

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.

A Review

This was such a wonderful book to read! I adore Casey McQuiston's writing style – the way they jump from witty banter to beautifully written and thoughtful commentary on the state of life is seamless and so unique. It was so much fun to follow Chloe on her hunt for Shara, her journey to realizing what it was all about, and her quest of self-discovery in the process, imperfections and all. Smith, Rory, and Shara were all such wonderfully written characters as well, and even though we don't get to directly see the story from their perspectives, Chloe, our very perceptive narrator, gives us such wonderful and one-of-a-kind character arcs for each person. If you are looking for a book that will somehow make you laugh and contemplate deep material at the same time, you're in the right place!

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