I Kissed Shara Wheeler

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

By Author / Illustrator

Casey McQuiston


Romance & Relationships

Age range(s)



Pan Macmillan








From the bestselling author of Red, White and Royal Blue and One Last Stop comes a debut YA romantic comedy - perfect for fans of Heartstopper! Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston's I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.

A month before graduating from Willowgrove Christian Academy, the principal's perfect daughter, prom queen Shara Wheeler, kisses Chloe Green and vanishes.  On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she's not the only one Shara kissed. There's also Smith, Shara's long-time sweetheart, and Rory, Shara's bad-boy neighbour with a crush. Thrown into an unlikely alliance, Chloe, Smith and Rory follow Shara's trail of annoyingly cryptic clues, and Chloe starts to suspect that there might be more to this small town - and to Shara - than she thought.

'[A] razor-sharp, intensely compassionate, subversive, sweet, electrifyingly romantic knockout of a book.' - Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda



When popular 'miss perfect' Shara Wheeler goes missing at prom, her boyfriend Smith Parker, the boy next door who has a major crush on Shara, Rory Heron and her rival for valedictorian Chloe go on the hunt, following the clues Shara left behind. Shara thought she had to be perfect because her dad was the Principal at school and she would get into trouble if they knew she was a lesbian. Their journey allows them to find out things about themselves as they all form an unlikely bond.

This is a brilliant book that looks at the lives of teenagers and the perfect world some feel they have to fit into because of family, beliefs and life.

368 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Emelia, school  librarian

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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