Audiobook, Books, Contemporary, Fiction, Novel, Queer, Romance, YA

Happy Book Birthday to I Kissed Shara Wheeler, a fun queer contemporary romance by Casey McQuiston in their YA debut

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a queer contemporary romance by Casey McQuiston, and her first YA novel. The eBook version is 368 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at nine and a half hours and is narrated by Natalie Naudus.

Chloe Green wants nothing more than to win valedictorian at Willowgrove Christian Academy. A queer girl with two moms, she was born in Southern California but now lives in a highly conservative city in Alabama. Her biggest rival is Shara Wheeler, the daughter of the principal and recent prom queen. About a month before graduation, Shara vanishes after kissing Chloe. But it turns out that Shara also kissed her long-term quarterback boyfriend, Smith, and also Rory, her rough-around-the-edges neighbor who has a huge crush on her. The three of them band together to figure out what’s going on with Shara and all of the cryptic notes she left behind.

I laughed out loud a lot while reading this book. The middle dragged for me a bit, so that’s mostly why I’m giving this one four stars. But overall I really enjoyed it!

Tropes in this book include: enemies to lovers, high school, scavenger hunt, bisexual main character, sapphic love interest, nonbinary side characters, queer side characters (bisexual, gay, lesbian), gender-questioning side character

CW: homophobia, racism, bullying, outing someone

Special thanks to Wednesday Books, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for providing an audiogalley of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. I Kissed Shara Wheeler releases today!

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