Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shortcomings ~ Review

Our shortcomings don't define who we are, unless we let them. Cindy Johnson needs to learn that. Born with one leg shorter than the other, she has no self-esteem because of the cruel comments and cold stares she receives from her classmates. When Cory Neil, the football quarterback asks her to Homecoming, she's quite sure he's asked her on a dare and refuses. It takes more than just her mother's assurances that Cindy's beautiful before she realizes she may have made a mistake in turning him down.

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Ginger Simpson grew up reading anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder and became so fascinated with western historical novels, they've remained her favorite for more years than she cares to admit.

In 2002, Ginger decided to attempt writing her own novel, and in 2003 her first offering, Prairie Peace, was published. Since then, she's dabbled in other genres but always seems to migrate back to her favorite historical era.

At the beginning, Ginger accepted contracts with e-publishers with the realization her work would not be offered in actual stores, rather made available for sale by download or ordering through Internet sites. At the time, the reward of acceptance was enough, and the prayer that downloadable books would grow in popularity seems to have come to pass. Ginger admits she's no spring chicken, and her final goal is to see at least one of her works available in an actual "brick and mortar" store just so she can nod when someone asks if Walmart sells her books.

She's often joked that she may have to sneak a book into Walmart and leave it on the shelf next to one of Nora Robert's novels, but that's not really how she'd like her next novel to get there. Besides, there's probably a law that prohibits such a deed. She's already worked in a jail, so she doesn't care to experience the other side of the bars. Note from Ginger (2011): I actually did "sneak" a book into Walmart and take a picture of it on the "best sellers" shelve. I have the photo to prove it. I got a few weird looks from nearby people, but I didn't get arrested or escorted from the store. *smile*)

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My Review:

Shortcomings was a great read about high school and our flaws...or shortcomings. I found this book entertaining. The story was different from your normal high school themed books. It was nice to see a story about a girl with flaws/shortcomings that sent a nice positive message. We are all flawed in some way and no matter what your flaw may be, it does not define you or take away from your beauty.

Cindy has a hard time making friends because she is so self-conscience of her limp due to her short leg. Her classmates can be mean and say some of the cruelest things. Because of that she tends to keep to herself and steer clear of everyone else.

Cory is cute and he's the quarterback of the high school football team. Cindy is surprised when he asks her for tutoring in math. Yes she's smart but she didn't expect him to seek her out. When he invites her to prom she figures he did it on a dare and immediately rejects his invitation.

This is a good book and worth checking out!

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Ann Herrick said...

Sounds like a great YA story!

Sydell Voeller said...

A great review! It piqued my interest...

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Ginger,
Nice review. I am not surprised. All of your books deserve the highest of accolades.