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After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are m ...more
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Published October 11th 2016 by eLectio Publishing
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Theresa Linden
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading AN UNEXPECTED ROLE by Leslea D. Wahl. I can’t believe I read it in one day, but it was that good from beginning to end. I mean, this book is absolutely hilarious! For me, as a writer, I love that the main character’s mom is a writer! And poor Josie decides her mom is ruining her life because everyone at school thinks the embarrassing stories in the book are about her. More than anything, Josie wants an escape. And she gets one which has the potential to be everything a gi ...more
A.J. Cattapan
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Leslea's style of writing. She easily makes her teen characters likeable and relate-able.

What I really liked about this book in particular was Leslea’s ability to bring up topics like caring for immigrants and refugees, respect for veterans, and a teen’s struggle to find herself amidst the bullying climate of high school–all without coming across as preachy or didactic. She easily weaves these topics into a tale that teens can enjoy from Josie’s attempts to find romance to her e
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are more important things than her reputation. As she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in,
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K
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I really liked this book at lot, it was very enjoyable. Though I did like The Perfect Blindside a little better. My favorite characters were Mr. Thomas and Ryan, I loved Ryan. Also Cyd was so cute. Anyway, I think this is a great read for girls because it’s a reminder that we need to stay true to ourselves even when it’s hard as teenagers. Josie is such a fun character and she’s easy to relate to. I loved when Josie and Ryan were playing in the sprinklers after rollerblading.❤ They ar ...more
Sarah
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars means I liked it, but I will not recommend it. I received a copy of this book from a giveaway hosted by the authoress. I was really looking forward to reading this because it’s a contemporary Catholic YA novel. The story line is exciting, full of fun, adventure, and romance. The characters are really well developed. They quickly become your friends. (Can I just say I love Mr. Thompson?!) The atmosphere and setting are beautiful. The authoress does a beautiful job of illustrating the scen ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This was the second book by Leslea Wahl I have read in the last month. It was a nice surprising read. A little bit mystery, a little bit, romance, and a bit of coming of age. But all of that is written around a young woman who is away from her family and figuring out who she really is? Who she wants to be? And who has a growing faith. One of the key criteria I have when judging young adult books, or really any book for that matter is would I want to read it with my children when it is age and ma ...more
PJ
Great book for young adults, but I liked it too. It's about a 16 year old girl who is humiliated by the books her mother writes about her misadventures! She gets away for the summer and has her eyes opened to see life is not all about her!! Seeing other people's problems puts ours in a different perspective. She has adventure, mystery, romance and some narrow escapes. A few Bible verses thrown in for encouragement and musical theatre references for inspiration!! What a lovely book for teens. I'm ...more
Sarah
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I finished this book, Leslea Wahl convinced me of one thing: it is hypothetically possible that a baseball player can be nice. Awesome. Chivalrous. Hypothetically. Don't get your hopes up that I'll start to like them.

Josie . I love that name. I immediately connected with her once she described being the target of bullying. Sarah was bullied for being obsessive-compulsive and autistic. Josie was bullied for a similarity between her and the main character of her mother's book. Initially, she
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Cynthia
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this YA novel so refreshing after reading several novels in a row with multiple POVs. This story is told well from a single POV in first person. (I always analyze a story with mulitple POVs and ask myself: "Could this story be told just as well in one, or perhaps two, points of view?") I was able to get into the main character’s head and appreciated not being jerked out of hers and into another head every chapter or scene.

This story was a smooth read. It includes a mystery but maintains
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Corinna Turner
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very easy, enjoyable read, a summer romance crossed with a crime mystery with some satisfying character growth thrown in.

Rather amusingly, I inferred completely the wrong thing from the title and synopsis. Not being a theatre nerd, the word ‘role’ suggested to me that Josie would have to take on some ‘role’, such as caring for someone, that she wouldn’t want to do. So I spent a long time waiting (in suspense!) for her aunt or someone else on the island to get a terrible diagnosis, fo
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Janet Johnson
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

This book is a must read!

Josie thought she was escaping her problems when she left for South Carolina, but her troubles were about to get a lot worse. When her Aunt Lily brings up the string of thefts happening around the island, Josie should have hopped on the first plane for home. But how could she know the robberies would invade her life as well? She's happy she came ... especially when she meets a handsome young man who is working for Lily's friend, Tom Mulle
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Rachel
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl, Josie is a theater nerd who doesn't feel like she fits in her high school. She can't wait until her junior year when she finally will fit in. However, her mom is a best selling author who uses Josie's life as inspiration. In her latest book though, the other high schoolers decide to really make fun of Josie even though the newest book isn't really about her. In fact her life is so miserable that she decided to go visit her aunt in South Carolina for the summ ...more
Silver Swan
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AN UNEXPECTED ROLE by Leslea Wahl is an engaging mixture of adventure, romance, and coming-of-age penned in a unique and delightful writing style. While I was intrigued by the mystery and wanted to find out who was responsible for the robberies alongside Josie and Ryan, I also found myself prompted to turn the page because of the clever imagery that Ms. Wahl painted through incomparable metaphors sprinkled throughout the text. On several occasions during the reading experience, I thought to myse ...more
MaryAnn Bell
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's hard being a teenager, but when your mother is an author and uses your life as inspiration it can make living difficult. That was life for Josie DelRio. When her mother's newest book comes out, it sends Josie's classmates into a frenzy of malicious teasing, so Josie heads to North Carolina to spend the summer with her aunt.



Josie plans on spending her summer on the beach, taking it easy and trusting that she can find a place to fit in and have a summer on anonymity.



This was a delightful stor
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Carolyn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leslea Wahl has done it again - another great book custom-tailored to teens (teen girls in particular). I'm always a little put-off by present tense narration, but I quickly grew to enjoy Josie's voice.

Great writing peppered with humor and insight, the author captures the human tendency to hyperfocus on our own problems that can be part and parcel of the teen years.

Take a mortifying yet hardly life-threatening problem, add an alluring backdrop of sunshine, sand, and an attractive guy, and watch
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Debbie
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"An Unexpected Role" by Leslea Wahl is a book that is cataloged as a teen book but I loved it, and I am 59. It is a mystery that doesn't start out as a mystery. By this, I mean Josie's mom is an author and her previous books has been based on Josie life and events. So naturally when a new book is published, the kids in her school assumes that the embarrassing scenes are true and are about her. To avoid the kids during summer Josie goes to visit her aunt and finds herself playing Nancy Drew.

Josi
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Rita
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as a "Goodreads Giveaway". I will admit the first chapter or so, I was not sure about the book. It was about a 16 year old girl that was being whiny and immature, But I kept reading and I am very glad I did. This was a wonderful book. It had everything a good story needs and in just the right amounts. It had mystery, romance, interesting characters, social issues, growing up. It had NO bad language. A plus for me. It had some scriptures and a Christian message of hope and en ...more
Katy
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this interesting YA about a 16 year old drama student who wants to escape the drama at her school and the ridicule she endures by spending the summer with her aunt where she encounters drama of another kind along with wise mentors who help her grow and see that there is more to life than dwelling on herself and how others perceive her. The tricky balance in a book like this is not to make the MC so irritating that the reader tires of her self-centeredness, but Wahl has realisticall ...more
Jackie Wolfred
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
"An Unexpected Role", by Leslea Wahl. is a coming-of-age story.
Escaping harassment and ridicule from her high school's IN crowd, sends 16 year old Josie away from Minnesota to her aunt's place on an island in South Carolina, for the summer. She has dreams of a summer romance, excitement in a new place, and an otherwise adventurous time away from her parents and her peers.
Whats follows is not what she expected, nor could have imagined. What Josie learns is priceless.

I won a copy of this book in a
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John Clark
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting and generally satisfying blend of mystery, self-discovery and romance for teens. The gradual ramping up of the religious aspect might put off some teens, but is done in a way that worked nicely for me. Josie, Niko and Ryan are all appealing characters, but Mr. Thompson steals the show numerous times.
Maria Theresa
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
While not my type of story, the book showed strong character development and a very uncommon thing in such a book - I couldn't quite figure out how it would end, or the mystery.
Steven R. McEvoy
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book by Leslea Wahl I have read in the last month. It was a nice surprising read. A little bit mystery, a little bit, romance, and a bit of coming of age. But all of that is written around a young woman who is away from her family and figuring out who she really is? Who she wants to be? And who has a growing faith. One of the key criteria I have when judging young adult books, or really any book for that matter is would I want to read it with my children when it is age and ma ...more
Susan Peek
Leslea Wahl has done it again! Another heart-pounding, can't-put-it-down teen suspense novel with humor galore and a delightful romantic twist. What more could you want?

While her first book, "The Perfect Blindside" (which, by the way, will blindside YOU when you realize you've stayed up all night reading it), was set in snowy Colorado, "An Unexpected Role" takes us to a picturesque sea town on an island in South Carolina. There 16-year-old Josie escapes for the summer, trying to get away from t
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Lucy (That Book Gal)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun, contemporary adventure story. I did expect it to be a contemporary romance, but I actually enjoyed the story it turned out to be.
It was fun trying to figure out who the thief was, as Ryan and Josie investigated,
I found the romance between Josie and Niko to be extremely funny. They were so clearly not right for each other and Josie was super thick-headed about it, and it provided some nice humor throughout the story.
I really enjoyed it as a light read, but didn’t take it too
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Debra
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways!

This is the first Leslea Wahl book I have read. Overall this was a lighthearted, fast read with lots of laughs. It was a little “cheesy” in the first chapter. But once Josie leaves to spend the summer with her aunt on a island in South Carolina the story pick ups.

Once she has started her summer on the island the jokes start to role, a love triangle develops, and a mystery is solved. There were a few twists and turns I thought were going to be predictabl
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Nicholas
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win

This was a surprising read. I found it to be interesting. It was a bit of mystery and romance. The writing was good and storytelling was great. Would recommend.
Barb
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This YA book is about a high-school theatre geek who doesn’t fit in with the cool kids and who’s been the target of some in-person pranks and cyberbullying. Seeking a fresh start, she spends the summer with her aunt, only to keep running into one of the cool kids from home. Josie and Ryan get wrapped up in trying to solve a rash of local robberies.
Great characters, painfully real situations, mystery and even a love interest--with some wisdom in the side. Well done!
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Leslea lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and three children. Their own life of adventure includes traveling, skiing, and scuba diving. Leslea strives to write fiction that will inspire readers to use their own talents and gifts to glorify God.
The Perfect Blindside has received a 2016 First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award and a 2016 Illumination Book Awards silver medal.
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