Izzy, Willy-Nilly

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Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight

Sophomore cheerleader Izzy wakes up in the hospital with people calling her Isobel and doesn’t know why she’s there. After she dreams about a tree attacking her, she remembers going to a party with a senior boy, and being hesitant about riding home with him because of how much beer he drank. Izzy is embarrassed to call her parents for a ride, so she gets in the car. The boy driving crashes into a tree, and both her legs are shattered. Her right leg is damaged too badly to save, and the doctor has to amputate it. Izzy, her family and friends all have to adjust to a total change in her life. Even before she comes home from the hospital, Izzy notices changes in how her friends treat her. One positive change in her life is a girl she has always thought of as off beat begins visiting her regularly, bringing games and building a new friendship Izzy really starts appreciating. Because of her injury Izzy starts noticing and appreciating more important aspects of her life. After returning to school Izzy suffers through many awkward moments, as teachers and students don’t know how to treat her. How she faces the boy who took her to the party and crashed the car, causing her a lifelong disability, provides what I think is the book’s most dramatic moment.

Written by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

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