Red, White and Royal Blue is one of my favorite books, so I’m always excited to see what Casey McQuiston gives us next. I Kissed Shara Wheeler released in May and it’s time to share my thoughts about this book. Isabelle already read and reviewed this one, but now it’s my turn. Keep on reading to read more about this book and my thoughts!
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.
Red, White and Royal Blue is one of my favorite books, so I was very excited when I Kissed Shara Wheeler was announced. I have to say I read the synopsis quite a long time ago and didn’t read it again before I sat down with the book. I was expecting a typical contemporary, but that wasn’t what I got at all (in a positive way).
Chloe is determined to be valedictorian and Shara Wheeler is the only one that really stands in the way. When she goes missing after kissing Chloe a few weeks before graduation Chloe needs to no where she went. I loved the whole aspect of looking for Shara. Rory and Smith who end up turning out to be unlikely friends both work with Chloe to find Shara. I loved that they kept finding notes and had to look to find more. Looking for Shara brought them together and all had them thinking about themselves and their relationships with Shara. I also loved the notes from the burn pile.
I was actually really surprised that this book didn’t end after a certain event and I wasn’t sure if the story would stay strong, but it continued in an amazing way. This story takes place in a tiny religious town in Alabama and how being yourself in those places isn’t easy and how a lot of things are judged. I feel that the author did an amazing job with this, but as I’m not someone who falls in this category I’m not the perfect judge.
I loved that this book was a little adventure, but also a lot about learning more about yourself and maybe even standing up for what you believe in. It felt good that the romance wasn’t the main focus of this story. Casey McQuiston did it again. I can’t wait to see what this author gives us next!
I Kissed Shara Wheeler wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, but not in a bad way at all! I love the little bit of mystery and the character development. It’ll be interesting to see what Casey McQuiston gives us next. Have you read this book yet? What did you think?