Hi, Aadi here. I am chatting today with Josie, the star of An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl. Let’s get started.
[Aadi] Who are you?
[Josie] Hi, I’m Josie, your average high school teen, just trying to make it through the perils of high school.
[Aadi] What part do you play in the story?
[Josie] I’m the leading lady in this story about my amazing summer.
[Aadi] How would you describe your book?
[Josie] It’s a fun adventure with a mystery and a bit of a love triangle between me, handsome scuba dive instructor Niko and super cute baseball star Ryan.
[Aadi] Tell me about where you live? Who do you live with?
[Josie] My home is in Minnesota where I live with my parents and little brother. But this story takes place on a South Carolina island where I take refuge from the problems of my life and stay with my Aunt Lily for the summer.
[Aadi] What’s the most important thing in your life right now?
[Josie] Back at home it was surviving my very clicky high school and being involved with my school’s theater department. On Coral Island I’ve been focusing on re-discovering myself after the horrible incident that happened on the last day of school.
[Aadi] What do you like about the other characters from you book?
[Josie]I met a bunch of interesting people on my summer adventure including a Hollywood producer and his very energetic daughter, as well as this incredible family of immigrants. And my new summer BFF happens to be my aunt’s neighbor Mr. Thompson. He’s this elderly military vet who always helps me with advice. Of course I first have to decipher the message hidden in his intriguing military tales, but once I figure it out it’s always good.
[Aadi] What’s the worst thing someone ever did to you?
[Josie] Well, my mom’s an author and I had to deal with a lot of pranks and cyberbullying after her new book was released which everyone thought was about me. That’s why I left Minnesota for the summer, to get away from it all.
[Aadi] Read any good books?
[Josie] Well, since my mom’s Young Adult novel basically ruined my life that’s a bit of a touchy subject. So, I think I’ll pass on that question.
[Aadi] What type of places do you hang out in?
[Josie] This summer my favorite place has been the beach at Shipwreck Cove for sure.
[Aadi] What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
[Josie] Coral Island –it has been an oasis in the tragedy that my life had become. (Okay that sounded a bit over the top. In case you haven’t noticed I have a bit of a habit being a little dramatic. ☺)
[Aadi] Who would play you in the movie?
[Josie] I think Melissa Benoist from Supergirl would do a great job.