Isobel Lindgren -- Izzy -- is a chearleader, the only sophomore on the entire squad. Pretty, blonde, and from a wealthy family, she's the kind of girl who everyone notices. And as much as she hates to admit it, Izzy loves that. So when Marco, a popular senior, asks her to a party, how can she say no? And how can she say no when he wants to drive her home?
But days later, when Izzy wakes up in the hospital, severely injured from a car accident, home has never felt so far away. Izzy's determined not to show how scared she is, but every day it gets harder and harder to accept that things will never be the same again. That's when she meets Rosamunde. Plain and withdrawn, Rosamunde is the kind of girl Izzy never noticed before the accident, but now it seems like she's the only one who can get through to Izzy and help her move on. And as Izzy comes to terms with the past, she can even see that there's a new richness to life, and that she possesses strengths she never dreamed she had.
Poignant and thought provoking, Izzy, Willy-Nilly, by Newberry Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt, is sure to resonate with anyone who's ever felt as if they didn't belong.
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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
April 30, 2005
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