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I Kissed Shara Wheeler

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as someone who came from a catholic high school, i somehow still look back at it with fond memories. Let me jump back to some of the good because this is still a McQuiston book so there was a lot of good besides the well done secondary characters.

There’s something about the humour in Casey McQuiston’s books that just works for me and I Kissed Shara Wheeler was no exception. Homophobia, Religious Bigotry, Sexism, Swearing, Classism, Racism, Infidelity, Toxic Relationships, etc. Maybe my expectations were a little too high, I’m not quite sure, but while I liked this book it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.Creo que lo único que puedo rescatar de esta historia es la cantidad de representación tanto de identidad sexual como de género y de razas. At the end of the row, one is brand-new, so full and shiny it could have only been used once, if ever.

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.

Imagine having all that hatred in the beginning of the book and seeing Chloe slowly, through her obsession, start to fall for the missing girl.

So here Chloe is, the morning after, makeup smudged around her eyes and hair crunchy with hairspray, ready to break into Shara’s house. Aquí tenemos a Shara, que decide desaparecer un día y deja pistas para que sus enamorados la encuentren.Then I started training for a new job (it was far more intensive than I ever imagined) that left me with no time at all to read, and so here I am, leaving my review a week after release day. I learned that a lot of us—a lot more than I thought—are doing whatever it takes to survive in a place that doesn’t feel like it wants you. The most impressive accomplishment in McQuiston’s first YA book is complicated Shara Wheeler herself.

There was so much room for deepening the exploration of religious trauma through Shara, and unfortunately, I felt she got a bit lost in the last quarter of the novel. I’m as far removed from the experience of a queer high school student in the Bible Belt as it is possible to be, but I do know something about conservative societies, and the way the author tells the story makes it relatable to everyone. While Shara and Chloe's relationship was wholesome, hilarious, and the center of the story, it wasn't the only relationship that grabbed my attention. Nobody saw her leave, and nobody’s seen her since, but her white Jeep is missing from the Wheelers’ driveway. Tubes of lip gloss line up neatly in almost identical shades of neutral pink, most half-used, labels rubbing off.Firstly there were too many chapters with mostly similar names gave me hard time to catch up with their back stories and till the last third I wanted to scream at Chloe’s face for being extra obnoxious! Chloe is so close to beating Shara, but on the weekend of the senior prom, Shara kisses Chloe and then vanishes.

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