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Over this past weekend I’ve been reading Right Handed Lefty by Ryan Coughlin. It is the type of coming of age book that brings back memories of that 80’s film Stand By Me.
We all have baggage. Real friends help you carry it.
It’s 1983 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in the southwestern corner of the state, known as the Driftless Area. Ellis Sayre is different. He’s a twelve year old orphaned Native American. His adoptive parents lost a son a few years ago and welcomed him to deal with their grief. While stealing day-old bread for a friend in need, Ellis and his two best friends—George and Mason—witness a murder by a local kingpin.
Authorities disagree with their story. They call it made up. The boys are trapped, worried for their lives, sending them on a flight to Grandad’s Bluff in La Crosse, WI, along the Mississippi River. Two peripheral stories about Ellis Abbot—a World War II veteran, and Two Right Feet—an orphaned Native American during early 1800’s, are entwined to unearth Ellis Sayre’s roots.
They combine to tell the truth.
I haven’t read a book like this in a while, when I read the blurb it intrigued me. Growing up some of my favourite films were The Outsiders, Stand by Me, The Lost boys, The Breakfast Club and this book sort of reminded me of that 80’s era. The author writes well and his characters are interesting. The best part of the book is Ellis and his friends. I’m not sure where the story was going when it skipped back to the 1800’s and you hear about Ellis Abbot.
If you are a young person and feel completely out-of-place, this book will resonate with you I’m sure, but the camaraderie between Ellis and his friends adds a special touch. There is a plot twist, I don’t like to give the story away because you can read it to find out yourself. It’s a good un!
If you like the coming of age/adventure/friendship style of books, then Right Handed Lefty may be the one for you.
I’m giving Right Handed Lefty 3 out of 5 stars as an honest reviewer because I found it hard to get stuck in, it was hard to gel with the story and my interest was waning at the halfway point.
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*I was sent a copy of Right Handed Lefty by Ryan Coughlin in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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