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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 ...more
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Published (first published March 1st 2011)
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Tara Chevrestt
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about acceptance. It's about accepting others the way they are, shortcomings and all and about accepting YOURSELF, shortcomings and all.

Cindy's "shortcoming" is one leg being two inches shorter than the other. She's got a limp. The kids at school call her names, won't sit with her at lunch, laugh when other tease her, or just plain avoid her alltogether (which is no better).

Having grown up with a disability myself, I felt as though I was reading my own story, except it's a leg i
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C.K. Volnek
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first sentence of Ms. Simpson's blurb for Shortcomings says it all…Our shortcomings don’t define us… But it’s the last part of her first sentence that should scream out at each and every one of us…UNLESS WE LET THEM.

Ms. Simpson’s book, Shortcomings, is a story of personal growth and building our own strengths as Cindy accepts and loves the person she is. We all have our own shortcomings; something we don’t like about ourselves, whether it is weight, hair, looks, or like Cindy, one leg short
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Linda
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen Year Old Cindy Johnson Hated That Her Dad Lost His Job When The Saw Mill Closed Down Leaving Him Unemployed, Without Healthcare, And They Had To Move To Another Town. The People At Her Old School Never Laughed And Taunted Her Because She Limped For Being Born With One Leg Shorter Than The Other, Worse Yet They Had To Live In A House That Needed Major Repairs And The Teens At New School Were Mean And Nasty Especially Sally Who Was Captain Of The Pep Squad. One Day, A Cute Quarterback Sm ...more
Justine Winans
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shortcomings is a short and sweet contemporary YA that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. It has a real-to-life authentic voice and a great pacing that allows for a light, but substantial, read. Although Shortcomings definitely isn't a novel that will take long to read, it is enjoyable throughout the entire ride.

Cindy is a very likeable character. She is caring and funny, and has to deal with a lot given the small defect that she has. Nearly every teenage girl is self-conscious about at
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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 l
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Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I was swept away by this young adult novella's theme that contains a positive message for everyone; "Our shortcomings don't define who we are, unless we let them."

We bear witness to the cruelty that Cindy faces due to poverty and because she has one leg that is shorter than the other. Shortcomings is beautifully written with equally beautiful characters and the moral of the story is appropriate for readers of all ages. This is a true gem and everyone should read it as it teaches that we should l
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Ginger Simpson
Jun 06, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my first attempt at a YA.
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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
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