A review by fanboyriot
I Kissed Shara Wheeler, by Casey McQuiston

lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I seriously loved so many of the characters in this book.  Chloe, Smith, Rory and at the end even Shara—which was surprising—were all my absolute favorites.

At first I wasn’t sure I’d like this story, kinda just seeing most of the characters as their stereotype, however, much like Chloe, I learned they were so much more.  It was really nice to see so much queer rep with a small town setting (and in a typically queerphobic state as well).

I really enjoyed so many things about this book, Smith and his love for flowers, Chloe’s moms just being so adorable and wholesome the entire time, religious characters not shown in a totally toxic way, seeing the queen bee, popular girl, who everyone loved, not be as perfect as everyone thought, wanting to learn more about the side characters because they were that nice to read about, the humor was immaculate, and the ending was perfect; happy but leaving it open enough for the reader to have their own interpretation of some of the characters future.  Not to mention the formatting and overall aesthetic of this book being absolutely stunning.

Good queer rep
Rivals to Lovers
Good Friendships
Wholesome Characters
Angst with a Happy Ending

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