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"An unfettered joy to read." - The New York Times
"McQuiston has done it again." - USA Today
"You won't want to miss." - Good Housekeeping
"Funny and compassionate." - Time
“Perfect.” - The Michigan Daily
"An absolute must-read." - Book Riot
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.
"Casey McQuiston has become the go-to author for all-the-feels queer summer romance." - Entertainment Weekly
"McQuiston says that love is indomitable, and when I’m lost in their worlds, I really believe it." - Autostraddle
"Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by this funny, weird, razor-sharp, intensely compassionate, subversive, sweet, electrifyingly romantic knockout of a book. Casey freaking McQuiston, you’ve done it again.” - Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Kate in Waiting and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
In her YA debut, McQuiston (One Last Stop, for adults) spins a multifaceted plot narrated by sardonic high school senior Chloe Green. In False Beach, Ala., bisexual Chloe, who has two moms and moved relatively recently from L.A., is the only out person at Willowgrove Christian Academy, a school that she attends for its AP program and theater budget. The action is set in motion when Shara Wheeler the beautiful, universally beloved daughter of the overbearing principal, and Chloe's rival for valedictorian suddenly kisses Chloe, then, during prom, disappears. The departure kicks off a scavenger hunt that embroils Chloe; Shara's boyfriend, quarterback Smith Parker; and Shara's neighbor, stoner Rory Heron, all of whom Shara kissed before splitting. Chloe spends the last weeks of high school ignoring her close-knit friend group and responsibilities to puzzle together the clues. Slowly, the teens' high school hierarchy subverting alliance helps break down barriers created, in part, by the school's particular brand of shame culture and prejudice. In a novel brimming with classic YA plotlines, crisp writing, humorous asides, and fully fleshed characters and relationships many queer keep things fresh, leading to a genuinely hopeful ending that centers themes of authenticity and autonomy. Chloe and Shara are white; Smith has dark brown skin; Rory is biracial (Black and white). Ages 13 up. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary.
Lively and lovely
I devoured this book in two days. Interesting plot, cool characters, affirming message.
I don’t really know what to say (proceeds to word vomit)
I will carry this book with me for a long time. Longer than I ever thought I could carry a couple thousand words.
I never really write reviews, beyond a snarky one-line sentence that says “please read this book,” but this time, i guess you can say the power of Christ compelled me.
Chloe green. I see myself in her in ways I never have before. Im a bi, chronic academic overachiever, theatre lover, (admittedly) anger -ridden high school junior who is prone to feeling especially mad at the fact that I have to shoulder so much and feel as if no one can see me crumbling under it. Valedictorian or die trying. Kind but not nice.
I used to wonder a lot sometimes how I could’ve possibly ended up with the group of friends I have (which by the way-SCARILY resemble Chloe’s). Every time I get caught up in whatever whirlwind that feels most important at the time, I tend to say and do things that are not nice and as a result, feel like a bad person afterwards (very black and white). And while I am definitely not proud of it, everyday I try to do better and learn from it all, and seeing Chloe portrayed in the way that understood how we’re allowed to make mistakes, it’s messy and complicated no doubt, but still be a good friend, still have her best friends stay with her the way mine have, is well, very special. I can make mistakes, I have made mistakes, but the friend I am and the kind of friends I have, learn in our own ways how to grow from it and what truly prevails.
And of course, the legend herself, Shara wheeler. Came into this knowing and expecting some religious trauma, didn’t anticipate how close it would hit. Seeing Shara figure out her life at the end, and part of that figuring out including not figuring it out at all, meant so much to me.
Finally, seeing All the queer kids gravitating towards each other in friend groups, I can’t help but feel warm. That’s me. That’s my friends. That’s how we try to navigate the world everyday. We all think In different ways, have different goals, and in this book, we actually have dramatic and sweet love stories !! Existing for us to feel connected to and be able to hopefully long for one day.
This book was written with so much love and care for queer kids, closeted or not, and I will forever be grateful for it.
I’m not sure if anyone would take the time to read all of this, and I’m aware my punctuation is criminal, but Incase you’re still here, I’ll say it simply: please read this book.
(P.S This amazing book, And the acknowledgments from Casey at the end, as someone who has been a fan of their work since the beginning, truly made me shed many tears)