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I Kissed Shara Wheeler

By: Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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"Narrator Natalie Naudus admirably voices more than a half-dozen significant characters, imparting individuality and personality to teens embracing a variety of identities."- BookPage (Starred review)

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.

"An unfettered joy to read." - The New York Times
"McQuiston has done it again." - USA Today
"You won't want to miss." -
Good Housekeeping

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.

©2022 Casey McQuiston (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

The #1 Spring 2022 Kids’ Indie Next Pick

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Summer

A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month

"This one has it all: rivals who share a shocking kiss, a mysterious disappearance, an unexpected alliance and the kind of page-turning drama that makes McQuiston one of the best in the game. You won't want to miss this one." - Good Housekeeping

"Funny and compassionate." - Time

"I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a love letter to all of us queer kids who were high schoolers in the ’90s. Especially those of us who lived in small towns and whose social scenes revolved around Friday night football games and church on Sunday. [An] unexpected mystery and love story all in one." - Bust

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I Am Chloe Green

This book. This book was my growing up years. This was growing up (closeted) queer in a small town in Illinois, going to a conservative Christian school where we didn’t have prom or homecoming and no one was allowed to be anything but cookie cutter straight and perfect. The reality of my teen years slammed into me as I read this, leading me to randomly bawl my eyes out without warning as the story progressed.

“Shame is a way of life here.”

Chloe Green is openly queer with two moms in the middle of Alabama at a conservative Christian private school where no one else is the way she is. She’s on track to be validictorian, get out of this own, go to NYC with her best friend Georgia, and never look back.

Until her academic rival, perfect blonde Christian good girl Shara Wheeler kisses her and then disappears.

When I tell you I felt every word in this book like a physical emotion, I mean it. This spoke to me on a cellular level, breaking me down to my 17 year old self and making me feel so incredibly powerfully seen in a way that I honestly don’t feel all that often. That queer teenage me never felt, really.

Academic enemies to lovers, incredible queer representation, relatable imperfect characters—this was a emotional roller coaster of a masterpiece. This is Casey McQuiston’s best work so far.

Also once again, Natalie Naudus’s narration is a flawless journey into the world of these characters. Impeccable. Always my favorite.

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You can’t help but love them all

Every single one of these characters is completely oblivious to who they really are, and watching them discover it was stirring and rewarding. I can tell this book is going to live in my mind for years. ❤️

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So Good!

I loved the wild goose chase aspect of the story, but that's not what's so good about it. It's the way that the characters develop throughout the plot that makes this so great. I am a southern girl from a southern Baptist family and I have never felt more seen than I did while listening to this book.

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This is a YES!!

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to since I joined Audible, and I have over 450 books in my library.
The dialogue is great, the characters are interesting, and it was a fun read.
The narrator brought it all to life. Can’t say enough good things about her performance.

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Start listening, like yesterday

Really though, stop reading my review and start listening!

This book is an absolute ride and so greatly read! The narrator does a fantastic job on the characters and the story line itself is so lovely! I can't say enough great points about this book. I'll definitely be purchasing a hard copy just to read again. You'll love this!

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Great Story

I loved the story.. it was a great book .. I might have to go get it so I can read it for my self

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Can’t get this out of my head

Great book! Wish I could have a story like this to help me out with my own HS experience. Fun read and very touching!

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Amazing queer story about a conservative school

Great story that helps break down stereotypes that exist in the state of Alabama. I, myself felt the exact same way as the main character Chloe did….this is a must read

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What a wonderful surprise

A book like this is incredibly difficult to write well. Ms. McQuiston did that and more. Very cool while not trying to be, the language is spot on, the slang just so, the references of the moment and all of this matters so very much because of the magnitude of the message she’s imparting. Kids smell cloying, preachy prose a mile away and refuse to engage with it. This book is so beautifully and intelligently crafted that I defy anyone (tween, teen, mom) to put it down or walk away feeling dissatisfied. Brava, too, to Natalie Nautus who did a great job juggling no small number of seriously varied characters and in making them real. Kudos all around.

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I recommend reading the book

I usually switch between reading and listening, and with this book, reading is better. The main character is way more likable without the narrator’s interpretation. Otherwise the main character just comes across as a Dee Reynolds voiced spoiled brat.

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