YA Review – Into the Spotlight

Into the Spotlight JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Into the Spotlight by Leslea Wahl, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Into the Spotlight

Title: Into the Spotlight
Series: Finding Faith
Author: Leslea Wahl
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2022
Genre: Christian YA, adventure, mystery, romance

The devastation of a ruined summer.

The gift of a second chance.

Can Josie learn the lessons she needs ito discover her true self?

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, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers who God wants her to be.

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Wahl, Leslea. Into the Spotlight. 2nd edition. Ladson, SC: Vinspire Publishing, 2022.

Leslea Wahl seems to understand teens and what they experience in their lives. Into the Spotlight is a re-issue of Wahl’s book An Unexpected Role. I am not sure what changes were made from the first edition, but I think I enjoyed the book just as much in this second read through. 

Josie’s mom is a young adult author who has used Josie’s life as an inspiration for her books. However, none of the embarrassing experiences of the main character in her latest book came from Josie’s life. That doesn’t stop her classmates from thinking they did and teasing her about them. 

Leslea Wahl is a Catholic. Her faith is reflected throughout the story with family attendance at mass and their sharing of applicable scripture passages. 

Into the Spotlight is an appropriate book for a k-12 Christian school library. It shares a perspective on teen life that I’m sure many can relate to.

I received a complimentary copy of Into the Spotlight. This is my honest review. 


Leslea Wahl

Leslea Wahl is an award-winning author of adventurous teen mysteries. She not only writes for teens but is also an avid reviewer of Christian fiction. Her journey to become an author came through a search for value-based fiction for her own children. Leslea now strives to be an advocate for other families battling against society’s secular messages through her faith-based writing and reviews.

Connect with Leslea by visiting lesleawahl.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Into the Spotlight, bookmark, bible verse magnet, and designer soap!

Into the Spotlight JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 4, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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