Release date: May 3, 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s
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.
While there is definitely a lot to enjoy here and I can see what the author was trying to do in the end I found this one lacking. It started out ok for me and I was interested enough but as things progress I found myself bored. The ending kinda picked up a little but overall I was never really excited to pick this back up. I also didn’t fully connect with Chloe or Shara, both separately or together and I would’ve liked to see more depth from them both. I also found the motivation behind Shara’s disappearance to be disappointing and it didn’t feel genuine to me. All of that say this one was just mediocre for me in the end, I didn’t hate it or anything just didn’t really enjoy it all that much either.
Overall rating: 3/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.