Ask Me Blog Tour: Dream Cast by Kimberly Pauley


Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at

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Dream Cast for Alex
by Kimberly Pauley

Alex from ASK ME is 17. He’s athletic (he plays multiple sports) and tall and just generally a big guy. He’s got dark curly hair and intense eyes. He feels stuck in the small town that he’s in (and in his family), so he’s got some pent up resentment and anger. That might be one of the reasons that he’s drawn to Aria in the beginning of the book. Maybe he can sense that she’s struggling too. 

He’s actually the hardest to cast as far as his look goes because the general trend among actors is to be thin...not that Alex is overweight, he’s just big and muscular. In fact, I haven’t yet found a current young actor that screams Alex to me. The closest thing I have come up with so far is a young Mark Ruffalo (a young Marlon Brando would also do...seriously, Google it!).

I did have some “inspiration” pictures saved on Pinterest for possible Alex-like photos. The ones marked “A” are for Alex.

Mark Ruffalo actually does work in a lot of ways (well, if he were a lot offense to him...I love him to bits but he’s even farther away from 17 than I am). Alex can be quite broody and a bit moody and sometimes volatile (didn’t Ruffalo play the Hulk??). And I like the intenseness in his eyes. I think Alex would communicate a lot with his eyes as well. Alex often stands up for Aria, though she’s not sure why or what he’s after.

A fan did suggest Logan Lerman and Tyler Posey. Of the two, I’d say Tyler’s not a bad choice! The teen wolfishness of him is good too. He’s got strength, which is good.

Alex, by the way, is named after a friend of mine from high school, though he doesn’t look anything at all like him and this friend was much more of a skateboard punk rocker kind of guy.

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Thank you so much to Kimberly for stopping by! I’m really looking forward to Ask Me– I’ve read several great reviews :) Here’s a little bit more about the book:

Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.

▪ ▪ ▪ Thank you so much to Meredith Barnes for having me on the blog tour! ▪ ▪ ▪

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