Jamie Williams is a klutz. This teenager from Wales drops things, trips over things, and she just isn't coordinated. Not only is she a klutz, but she is also left-handed. Jamie believes that her left-handedness is why she is so clumsy. People tease her for being different and tell her no one good at anything is left-handed. Ryan, Jamie's best friend, promises to prove them wrong. As Jamie and Ryan embark on a research journey, they learn just how many wonderful people are left-handed, and they learn a ton of facts about left-handers along the way.
Things are going smoothly and Jamie is finally feeling good about herself, until Ryan moves to the U.S. Saddened by the loss of her only friend, Jamie finds it hard to get back on her feet, all the while still learning about left-handers and publishing her research in the school newspaper.
When tragedy strikes in the United States, how can Jamie keep it together without her best friend by her side?
Traveling on this journey of self-worth with Jamie was one I won’t easily forget. Being a left-hander myself, I can relate to some of Jamie’s real-life struggles. I found the left-handed facts both amazing and hilarious. I also found the fact that people thought Jamie was less than them because she was left-handed both sad and humorous. I have never had a bullying problem as a result of which hand is my dominant hand, but the fact that Jamie did was a key feature in the plot.
This book was slow-moving, and it took a while to draw me in. The character development, however, is the best aspect of the book by far. The characters were the most relatable part of the book. Jamie was spunky, funny and curious, while Ryan was more of a determined figure who stood quietly and watched as things took place before him.
The tragedy in this book took place very abruptly, and I never expected it. Once I realized what was going on, I feared for Ryan’s life, as he was the strongest character in the book, and without him, Jamie couldn’t easily be herself.
All in all, this was a light book that will leave you laughing in some parts and biting your fingernails in anticipation in the others. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to middle schoolers who are looking for a fun, easy-read that will make them smile.