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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Left Out (Looking for Normal Book 1) by Jean Gill is a great book that children and teens will enjoy as they learn about what it's like to live and be seen as different. Jaime Williams can't help but feel left out. She can't seem to catch a break living in a right handed world. It's hard enough being a teenager, but to have to function in opening a door or using a computer mouse that is designed for right hand users makes things more difficult for Jaime. If it wasn't for her friend Ryan's encouragement and being a voice of inspiration, her life wouldn't be worth it. She went on a quest to discover left hand users and on her first attempt she lucked out, but Ryan came to the rescue and provided her with a list of left handed individuals that have made a mark on the world. With this list in tow, Jaime no longer feels left out, but now she must prove that left handers are just as good as right handers; she must come up with a plan to make a statement.
This book was interesting because personally I never thought about the difficulties that left handers have living in a right handed world. Being right handed is something that we take for granted every day. To see such an extensive list of left handed trailblazers from Jimi Hendrix and Albert Einstein to Leonardo da Vinci was really impressive. But when Jamie set out on a quest to discover which women were lefties, it was interesting. On her second attempt she discovered that Nicole Kidman, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland are left handers. This book thoroughly educates and provides insight into the life of left handers, which left me truly enlightened, as it will for others. Great story; it was very informative.