REVIEW: I Kissed Shara Wheeler

Ooh do we get a story full of teenage drama in this one. Reminiscent of John Green, we got a quirky story about the “It” girl in school who goes “missing.” She leaves a series of notes to her classmates, boyfriend and friends to help them both find her and understand her. Along the way we see how she has impacted each of their lives… not always in a positive or kind way but we also see the close mindedness of the community and its impact.


This is a book I wish I had read in high school. My rating for just enjoyment is 3.5 stars… but for the message and the genius of its delivery, I’m pushing it up to 4. There were definitely moments where I was annoyed by the high school hijinx and unabashed manipulation of the human heart and soul perpetrated by these teens. But, if you can push through that I think you get to some thing really powerful underneath. The author does a great job of giving us these characters motivations for their actions and really tapping into the teenage experience. Inte intensity of the emotions at these kids feel it so easily understood while reading this novel.

Overall I think it is a great example of finding yourself, staying true to your voice and finding people who love you for who you are. I did like the fine line that was demonstrated between the religious community and these teens searching for something other than judgment. It reminded me of Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming, where you see a side of Christianity that can be more accepting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Thanks to the Libro.fm ALC program for advanced access to this audiobook. All opinions above are my own.


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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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