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I Kissed Shara Wheeler
I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a fierce, funny, and frank young adult novel about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.
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alisiakae
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Mehso-so

This is the first book by McQuiston that I didn‘t absolutely adore. It was really convoluted, had some gaping plot holes, and the side characters were more interesting than the main ones. It did get better in the 2nd half. I will still read anything they write, though!

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alisiakae
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In a crazy coincidence. I read this page containing a Mean Girls reference, during intermission at a Mean Girls performance!

I love when bookish coincidences like this happen. 🤩

charl08 Fun! 3w
wanderinglynn 😆 that‘s awesome! 3w
Nebklvr I love book connections 3w
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Ruthiella Love it! Bookish serendipity! 🤯 3w
AmyG Ha! 🙌🏻 3w
peanutnine Love when that happens! How was the show? I wanted to go but the dates didn't work for me this time 3w
marleed That‘s such a fun thing! 3w
SomedayAlmost Cool! 3w
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Eggbeater
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Mehso-so

To be fair, I am not a romance person. I read this for a book club. It was a little too catty and it didn't have much of a plot. It might appeal to real young readers. I did like this author's adult romance novels, this just wasn't my cup of tea. It's probably a case of it's not you, it's me.

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Shievad
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Mehso-so

I can‘t put my finger on it, but for some reason this book didn‘t pull me in. Maybe it was too focused on Chloe and her POV. I know she‘s the MC but maybe multiple POV would have been better. Chloe is a smart character but she‘s not particularly interesting and she can be self-centered and single minded, which is addressed. The supporting characters are interesting and help balance out Chloe‘s character but I would have liked to see more of them.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Books 84 and 85 of the year.

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behudd
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Bailedbailed

Really disappointing because I loved McQuiston‘s Red, White, & Royal Blue, but I just could not get into this one.
The whole premise is that Shara Wheeler has disappeared & leaves clues for three people to find her. And I don‘t care where she is or if they find her or why she left, so I think that‘s it for me.

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behudd
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“Chloe Green is going to put her fist through a window.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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BookwormAHN
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I enjoyed this book even though the story was a tad convoluted. So Chloe who has been in academic competition with Shara, gets kissed by her the day before she disappears. After that Chloe, Smith (Shara's boyfriend) & Rory (her neighbor) keep finding letters & clues to find her.
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merelybookish It's a very striking cover! 2mo
BookwormAHN @merelybookish It is, I love the cover. 2mo
Clwojick I enjoyed this one too! 2mo
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Cinfhen It sounds fun and you explained it wonderfully 🥰 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Besties4ever Can‘t wait to read it 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I wasn‘t too sure about this book for a while… it seemed needlessly convoluted, and I was skeptical of the high school girl being such an evil mastermind. But I ended up really enjoying it by the end. It‘s full of McQuiston‘s trademark quirky, lovable, relatable characters, and I appreciated the message of looking past the ways people conform to what their society expects of them.

Clare-Dragonfly Oddly enough, this is the second book I‘ve read this year in which the main character is a high school girl with two moms in the South who gets so incredibly caught up in something convoluted involving their rival-to-love interest that they ignore and are a huge jerk to their friends. But I think Chloe does a better job making it up to her friends than Shoshanna. 2mo
shanaqui Interesting... I have it on my TBR! 2mo
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Sharpeipup
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Off to an interesting start…💋💋💋
#underthecover

Soubhiville Fun cover! 2mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I relate to Chloe Green. I, too, was a smart, bisexual high school girl with a crush (that I refused to admit was a crush) on a model-pretty popular girl.

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erank58
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This is a tough one to rate. On one hand I really couldn't buy into the tone (now I get what other reviews mean by "John Greenish"). But there's still so much to love with this! Coming from a tight Catholic community where the archbishop has more political influence than the governer, I can tell you we need more books like Shara Wheeler. Not my favorite from McQuiston, but still relatable and lots of fun ?

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xicanti
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The best YA is about young people figuring stuff out, and I KISSED SHARA WHEELER delivers. There‘s a fair amount of self-discovery here but, better yet, Chloe and her friends discover that other people are so much more than the stereotypes their regimented high school experience insists on. It‘s GLORIOUS and DELIGHTFUL and not at all nice but still ultimately kind to reader and characters alike. Each new scene made me love it more. 4.5 stars.

xicanti Also important: McQuiston‘s present tense prose never skews purple or takes a deep dive into the past perfect (my pet peeve; it‘s not even NECESSARY in present tense narration, just put the flashbacks in regular past tense, OMG). This is all too rare and precious, especially in the YA world. 3mo
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xicanti
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Casey and his summer haircut are helping me read another Casey‘s latest book. So far, I KISSED SHARA WHEELER leans into a lot of the US high school tropes that annoy me, like rigid social structures and the who‘s-in-which-year obsession, but I like the characters, I‘m invested in the mystery, and it‘s early enough that I can still hope McQuiston ultimately aims to interrogate and dismantle some of this stuff. So.

rachelm I think it comes around 😊 3mo
DinoMom Casey is adorable!!! 3mo
xicanti @rachelm I‘m a little over halfway through now and I‘m really happy with what McQuiston‘s done here! 3mo
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xicanti @DinoMom he has my very favourite face. 3mo
rachelm So glad!! I thought it bucked a lot of stereotypes and really loved it 3mo
xicanti @rachelm I‘m DELIGHTED. It‘s got me grinning away. 3mo
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rebbyj
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Mehso-so

Great valedictorian speech at the end

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Nalbuque
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Slow start but this is the best McQuinston yet! So much relatable content, I was just like these kids growing up. As a teen I felt confused, stuck, obsessive, curious, scared…and this took me back in a way that wasn‘t overwhelming or negative, but funny and hopeful 💕

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danimgill
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There were some pacing things that could have been ironed out a bit better but overall this was an engaging, funny, incredibly queer YA contemporary mystery/romance that I really enjoyed!

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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5 stars
The narrator was amazing! I loved all the voices. This story was cute and funny, but still had great statements on life, high school, and friendship. I love an enemies-to-lovers story. The characters were amazing, and I loved the mystery mixed with romance.

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Andrea313
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This book had a bit of so-so about it for me, but I liked it more than I didn't. And this section from the acknowledgements is IT. We need more queer stories, especially for kids and teens, and especially for kids in spaces where queerness is rendered invisible, or worse, crushed and maligned. Give me all the Sharas and Chloes and Nicks and Charlies and Dantes and Aristotles, but more importantly - give them to kids.

alisiakae 🙌🏽🙌🏽 4mo
Nutmegnc 👏👏👏🌈🌈🌈🎉🎉🎉 Yes!!! 4mo
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mgschu
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This is everything my gay, recovering John Green stan and current Casey McQuiston stan heart could ask for. This is Paper Towns, but make it queer. Paper Towns, but make it the scary, shimmering, lonely reality of being a teenager in Alabama. Add in the scary, shimmering, warm reality of realizing actually, you are not as alone as you once thought. Add in queer rebellion and found family and mamas and high strung academic enemies to lovers. Loved

GondorGirl What a great review! 🧡🧡 4mo
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kissmehardy
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I am OBSESSED with Chloe and Shara and their power trip of an unintended courtship. And their friend group! What an ode to finding/unrepressing yourself. #yalit

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Andrea313
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My copy of this book got stuck in Chicago for about 10 days, but it was so worth the wait! I'm obsessed with the hot pink pages, and with Chloe's blatant love for The Phantom of the Opera, a completely stupid musical that I will love to my dying day. 😂 McQuiston's second book was a miss for me, but so far, I'm loving this one. #CurrentlyReading

LeahBergen I had a Phantom song as my wedding song … way back in the early ‘90s. 🤣🤣 4mo
Andrea313 @LeahBergen All I Ask of You, I do so hope! ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Yes!!! Our first song and waltz of the evening. We still get all misty when we randomly here it somewhere. 😆😆 4mo
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willaful
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I'm screaming like I'm in a movie theater: “Stop! IT'S A TRAP!“

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sebrittainclark
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4/5

Freshman year, Chloe Green moves with her moms from LA to rural Alabama where she attends a private Christian high school. For four years Chloe has imagined herself and her friends as the only people who matter in this town, until Shara goes missing and leaves clues behind for Chloe to find her. It's a great book about realizing that people can be more complex than you've imagined them to be.

#netgalley

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sebrittainclark
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1. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuistin, The Un-arranged Marriage by Laura Brown, and Ambitious Like a Mother by Lara Bazelon

2. Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

3. Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

Casey McQuiston‘s latest is a light mystery involving LGBTQ high-schoolers at a Christian school in Alabama. Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#i-kissed-shara-wheeler

TheBookHippie Wait what?! 🤯 5mo
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie 😂 Let me know what you think when you read it. [On a completely unrelated note, I am aware that I am the worst pen pal ever. I haven't forgotten about you. I'm just hanging in there the best I can. I think easier days are coming soon. 💙] 5mo
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue 😘 no worries I just sent you a new one, enjoy! This was in my hmmm list because religion and lgbtqia ! I may try it. 5mo
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Lauredhel
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shanaqui I need to get hold of this book. 😆 5mo
JoyBlue 😂 I just read this passage on the way home from the library today! 5mo
Lauredhel @JoyBlue how are your going with it? I'm struggling to maintain focus but I think it's me - we are in a massive first covid wave and everything is terrible 5mo
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JoyBlue @Lauredhel Oh, no—I'm so sorry! Hang in there and take good care.

I finished the book. It was OK. I really liked Red, White & Royal Blue (tagged), but haven't been such a fan of McQuiston's since. [If you want to read my review when you're done, find it here: https://debbybrauer.org/#i-kissed-shara-wheeler ]
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Lauredhel @JoyBlue oh I loved One Last Stop. I think it's mostly just me 5mo
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Branwen
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"Willowgrove is the first time she's been around Christianity, and so to her, that's what faith is: judgmental, sanctimonious hypocrites hiding hate behind Bible verses and charismatic white pastors with all the horrible secrets that money can protect. She's never even stepped inside a church where she felt safe. But she also knows that Alabama is more than Willowgrove. And if that's true, maybe faith can mean more too."

This had me bawling! ?

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"When Chloe tries to explain what she loves so much about high school theater, even though she'll probably never set foot on another stage after graduation, she always ends up at this: the chaos of backstage. Sitting on the dressing room floor in a sweaty wig cap eating a box of McNuggets someone's mom dropped off; the delirious, unsupervised hours between the morning and evening shows on a Saturday."

I remember those high school theater days! ?

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Branwen
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LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS ENDPAPERS! 😍🌼💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel

GingerAntics They are beautiful! Rumple even looks impressed by them. 5mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! 😍 5mo
Leftcoastzen Pretty!😻 5mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Look at these gorgeous new releases 😍

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sebrittainclark
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May #bookspin list. I left some extra room for audiobooks, since those are working best for me now that I have a newborn.

#bookspin #doublebookspin #bookspinbingo

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Mpcacher
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This is a fun story about a group of teens who have spent some considerable effort into fitting in their school's ideals, while hiding their true selves. The author did a good job of capturing the intensity of the feelings experienced by teenagers. There was humour, but also some depth to the story. The romance component was fairly chaste (although LGBTQ+ if that matters) so it is certainly suitable for even younger teens. I gave it 4/5 stars.

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rachelm
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May 3, 2022. YA rom-com debut. multiple love stories and a great enemies-to-lovers centerpiece. Chloe‘s entire academic career at her Christian high school in Alabama has been in competition with the principal‘s daughter, Shara Wheeler. When Shara disappears— just hours after kissing Chloe (and two other people), Shara and the other kiss-ees follow a trail of clues to track her down. What‘s her endgame, and what if none of this is a game at all?

rachelm This is the kind of book high school me would have needed and adult me loved. So much wisdom here about true selves and what we‘re supposed to get out of high school. The writing is sharp and funny, but also pointed in only the way McQuiston can pull off. I may have cried re: a random document in here which is a teacher‘s reflection on TREMORS (a Kevin Bacon movie I‘ve never even seen? Love Casey McQuiston! Rocked at YA! 5mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this one.

I was into it at first. Chloe gave me Maeve (Sex Education) vibes because she seemed to be a smart rebel who flaunted archaic rules. I was curious about Shara‘s disappearance and the scavenger hunt she sent Chloe, Smith, and Rory.

As the book progressed I realized that Chloe was just self-centered and immature and that Shara was a Regina George wannabe.

I wanted to love this book because I love the author, but alas.

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rachelsbrittain
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Incredible. Chloe Green only has one thing standing in her way of becoming valedictorian at her Christian high school: perfect, popular Shara Wheeler. Then Shara dissapears after kissing Chloe, leaving behind a series of mysterious notes for Chloe, the stoner she apparently also kissed, and her boyfriend. It's part mystery, part high school outcast story, part rom-com, and all great reading.

5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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rachelsbrittain
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"Chloe Green is going to put her fist through a window."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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MelissaSue81
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This was a super fun read. I really liked both of Casey McQuistons other two books so I was excited to get this ARC. I didn‘t realize going in that this was a “true” YA so it wasn‘t quite what I expected, but especially if you are into realistic YA fiction, you‘ll enjoy this. A little bit of an Albertalli vibe, but I especially like the mystery aspect in the first half of the book.

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rachelsbrittain
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I managed to snag an audiobook ARC of Shara Wheeler and I couldn't be happier 🤩

Megabooks Interested to see what you think of Portrait! 6mo
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rachelsbrittain
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1. The Happiest Baby on the Block, In Deeper Waters, School of Mirrors, The Employees, and The All-Nighter

2. Cultish (just finished it this morning!)

3. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

#WeekendReads

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nitalibrarian
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All from the viewpoint of Chloe, though there is a whole cast of characters, including Shara's boyfriend Smith and bad boy Rory. Chloe is set on finding out where Shara disappears to during prom as she leaves clues & memories in pink envelopes all over school & town. This book also centers around queer teenagers growing up in a very conservative Alabama community. I was not always thrilled with Chloe and the ending felt over long. 1/2
#DoubleSpin

nitalibrarian But I really loved the humor, writing, and diverse cast of characters. And I was heavily invested on where to and why Shara disappears. 2/2 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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nitalibrarian
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I'm 61% done with this book and I want to finish it tonight. So, snack time with ice cream.

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nitalibrarian
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I just got into bed and will read this ARC for a little bit before sleep. I really like the cover for this book, but my ARC didn't include it. McQuiston's first two books were adult romance. This one she ventures into young adult.

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Preciouz29
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Casey McQuiston has yet to disappoint me; I have loved every book she‘s written and every time I think the new book cannot top her old books, they do! I am consistently surprised by her books, in the best way possible and this was no exception. While reading this, I just kept thinking this would make such a great movie; and so as I read, I could see everything playing out in my head.

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swishandflick
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I'm so impatient - this new Casey McQuiston is coming out in May but I want it NOW. Lol. Low-key keeping my fingers crossed for it to be a #BOTM pick 🤞🏽

Nutmegnc I want them all NOW 🥰 9mo
swishandflick @Nutmegnc The struggle is real! 🤗 9mo
JamieArc Such a gorgeous cover! How is it not coming out in February for Valentine‘s Day??? 9mo
Beachesnbooks agreed!! 9mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Bookzombie 🎶🎶 Now that song is in my head. 10mo
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Lauredhel
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New Casey McQuiston is coming! But not til May.

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rachelsbrittain
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1. Travelers Along the Way and Luck of the Titanic

2. I like both depending on the story

3. I Kissed Shara Wheeler

#WeekendReads