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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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.

"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 best-selling author of Kate in Waiting and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.

©2022 Casey McQuiston (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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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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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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3.5 ⭐️

This is great story about how kids can get caught up in trying to be the best in high school and loose sight of who they actually want to be. The mystery subplot of the story was a bit confusing. However, it was still wrapped up nicely another great book by Casey McQuiston.

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My dream book

I have literally listened to this twice in a row. I enjoyed it so much! I love Chloe and Shara, but i was also pleasantly surprised to find so much of myself in other characters like Smith and Georgia.

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interesting plot but no consequences

I liked the scavenger hunt of the clues, even though they were pretty extra - but there weren't really any consequences to Shara's actions. From her parents, sure - but not from anyone but Chloe. She stalks Chloe, she manipulates her friend group into giving her what she wants - could even be said she exposes her father because he doesn't give her what she wants - and she's PRAISED for it. All the characters basically go "well she didn't MEAN it" and that's really weird. They say "she's so much more than just a good person" when I want to scream that she's a walking Red Flag. I just feel that it would've sat better if she had some sort of fallout from her actions - a fight, an argument, SOMETHING!

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Casey always delivers and so does Natalie!

Love this author and narrator. The story was so good, loved how inclusive it was and the coming of age element was 🤌chefs kiss! Natalie is an amazing narrator as usual!

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*chefs kiss*

My only problem with Casey McQuiston books: there aren’t more of them. And I read them so quickly because I have to gobble them up. I don’t get to savor them as much as I know they deserve. And that’s why we have rereads.

Another masterpiece. I’m so grateful.