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Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt
1986
280 pages
Teen/Young Adult

This story begins as Izzy wakes up in the hospital after an accident. She learns that her leg is going to be amputated. Izzy is a popular 16-year-old Minnesota high school student, mediocre at academics, concerned with boys and her friends. She has caring middle-class parents and three siblings. This detailed, character-driven book is an excellent exploration of the internal changes Izzy experiences after losing her leg.
slight spoilers )
As with other books by Voigt, the characters are very well-drawn, and the beauty of this book is in the intricate details of the relationships between the characters and the way the people change over time. I really enjoyed it.

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