Review – I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Posted May 6, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuistonI Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Published by Macmillan Audio on May 3, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a 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 the puritanical administration of 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.

I liked this audiobook. I have enjoyed Casey McQuiston’s two previous books so I was eager to try her first YA novel. I didn’t like this one quite as much as her other two books but I did find it to be an enjoyable read. There were some important topics addressed in this book and I really liked the way these issues were handled. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

Shara Wheeler kissed Chloe and then disappears. She actually kissed Chloe, Rory, and Smith which makes everything more confusing. Nobody knows where Shara is but she has left a series of clues for Chloe, Rory, and Smith to find so they decide to work together to figure it out. I loved getting to know Chloe, Rory, and Smith and seeing the things that they were all dealing with. Chloe and Shara were both in the running for becoming valedictorian of their high school class and Chloe wants to make sure that Shara is there to finish the school year so Chloe can win the title fairly.

Natalie Naudus did a wonderful job with the narration of this story. I really liked the different voices that she used for the characters in the story which I thought helped to bring them to life. I thought that she added just the right amount of emotion into her reading which kept me glued to my headphones. I thought that she had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend his book to others. I found this to be an entertaining story that dealt with some big issues while tackling the mystery of a missing girl. I think that Casey McQuisten’s YA debut is definitely worth picking up and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Macmillan Audio.

About Casey McQuiston

CASEY MCQUISTON is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue, as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

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