When I first began reading Shortcomings, I somewhat expected to be brought into the world of Cindy, a young girl with challenges. What I had not expected was the emotional response it would bring out in me as an adult. Ms. Simpson has written a very clever novel that not only reaches into the depths of the memories carried from high school, it stretches even further into areas as a mother and grandmother that are entirely surprising. Although the story is easy to read and follow, the complications of the underlying pain and frankly everyday life cannot be underestimated. This is an adult book every teenager could follow yet heart wrenching to any adult who reads it. Finally, the biggest surprise came at the end with unscheduled goosebumps occurring not only once but three times. This is a must have for young adults and mature adults alike.
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.