Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Reader's Favorite
An Unexpected Role is a YA story by Leslea Wahl about a sixteen-year-old named Josie. After her mother’s book comes out, Josie is teased incessantly about the antics in the book by the entire high school because they believe the stories are about her. Who could blame them, her mother has been writing about her awkwardness for years. After her boyfriend dumps her, her phone is bombarded with pranks and her best friend leaves her to spend the entire summer with her father, Josie finds herself needing to get away. Believing that her mother has ruined her entire life, Josie heads off to visit her summer who lives a carefree life on an island off the coast of South Carolina. As she makes new friends and investigates a sudden rash of robberies, Josie comes to some life defining realizations.
Wow! I don’t know where to start! Leslea Wahl has managed to intricately weave a beautiful web of relationships, trust, love and… musicals. What could be a better combination than that? An Unexpected Role contains all the aspects of a truly amazing story. Josie learns a hard lesson from the young and old alike. She finds out that things aren’t always what they seem, and that even though her problems seemed like the end of the world to her, in the grand scheme of things, they are minute at best. As Josie sets out to unravel the age-old mystery “who am I?”, she learns some hard lessons. Want to hear more? Read the book! You won’t be disappointed. A true delight!