Izzy, Willy-Nilly

Izzy, Willy-Nilly

by Cynthia Voigt

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One moment can change a life forever.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy has it all — a loving family, terrific friends, a place on the cheerleading squad. But her comfortable world crumbles when a date with a senior ends in a car crash and she loses her right leg.
Suddenly nothing is the same. The simplest tasks become enormous challenges. Her friends don't seem to know how to act around her. Her family is supportive, but they don't really want to deal with how much she's hurting.
Then Rosamunde extends a prickly offer of friendship. Rosamunde definitely isn't the kind of girl Izzy would have been friends with in her old life. But Rosamunde may be the only person who can help Izzy face her new one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416903390
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 210,197
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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Izzy, Willy-Nilly 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
paigeturner77 More than 1 year ago
Izzy has always been a good girl, A student, pretty, and OK with boys. But when the cutest guy in school asks her to go with him to a party. Her parents are OK with it and she has a blast. Up until she has to leave. Her date has been drinking and is a little out-of-it. Everyone offers her a ride but her date takes her home anyway. Well let's just say he was moe drunk than everyone thought. He rams them into a tree causing Izzy's leg to gey infected. The docter tells her, her leg has to go. Yah, that's right, Izzy's leg is amputated. The rest of the book is about her recovery and a life lesson she will never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book about a girl who's life take a crazy and unexpected turn. I really liked this book cuz of the way Izzy(the girl) handels everything. I was a little disapointed tho cuz there were aton of typos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book to read. Read this one!
BluDiamond_2 More than 1 year ago
Read this book years ago for school, would love to read it again. Getting my masters in ed and like my students to one day read a book like this; a real eye opener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Izzy, Willy-Nilly is about a 15 year old girl named Izzy Lingard who has to deal with a disability for the rest of her life. Izzy has everything in life: a supportive family, fantastic friends, and has a spot on the cheerleading team. A senior named Marco Griggers asks Izzy out on a date. Little did she know it would end in a disastrous car crash, losing her leg. This accident changed her life forever, making her life become a challenge. Her friends don't want to be friends with a cripple and her family doesn't understand how she really feels. Suddenly the dorky, no-nothing girl at school named Rosamunde offers her hand in friendship. Rosamunde may be the only person to help Izzy conquer her new life. Izzy, Willy-Nilly only had a few themes/messages including being happy with who you are and what you look like because things could have always been worse, knowing who your real friends are, and making good decisions about a person you just met. Even though Izzy lost her leg from the car accident, nothing worse happened like being on the verge of dying or having a terminal illness. Izzy wasn't going to feel like herself for awhile, but that didn't mean she would completely change. People continuously told Izzy, "How could such a horrible thing happen to such a nice girl." Her sweet personality toward others never changed, but she was more self-conscious with her physical appearance and didn't want people staring at her all the time. In reality, this accident made Izzy stronger! Knowing who Izzy's real friends were helped her realize who she was again. Her three old best friends weren't as close to her after the accident and wouldn't be caught dead with a cripple. Rosamunde, the dorky girl, comes in wanting to be Izzy's friend. She's always honest and open with Izzy and said she would be there for her. This wasn't the type of friend Izzy would ever have, but Rosamunde made Izzy feel like herself again. The last theme was getting to know a personto make a good decision. In this case, Izzy made a bad decision. Izzy hardly even knew this senior and got in the car with him when he had too much to drink. That was a very poor decision. What I liked about this novel was how it was realistic. It really made me look and think about life in a whole new perspective and how quickly a life could change due to drinking and driving. It's scary what a drunk driver could do to change people's life in an instant. I liked the way the author portrayed ideas to the reader by making the novel so realistic; it makes it more interesting to read and you're able to put yourself in Izzy's shoes! The only thing I disliked about the novel was that it was repetitive. When Izzy was at the hospital, all the days were like the first day. Nothing had ever changed. Someone should read this book because it's a very good life lesson for teenagers who have or will experience drinking and driving and its effects on a person. It was interesting and it was easy to relate to Izzy's position. It was a real page turner, with challenges and obstacles Izzy faced. It's a quick read and easy to understand. It's a novel to cherish and is relatable in many ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this book was very good and that it is good for young girls to read (and buys of course) it was intresting and entriging i liked it very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! i could literally not put it down! It tells about friendships and even just the regular troubles of a teenage girl. Sorry guys, this book may not be for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You guys will probably think a person like me will end up reading a great book like this but this book was so good i ended up reading 9 and a half chapters the day I checked it out. So you chould read it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was awesome. I loved how it was so precise with the details. I felt like it was happening in this town and was one of my friends. I thought that this is how real situations are and that the people who make the accident happen don't even feel sorry for the people that got hurt. I think that this is a really good book to show what really happens when you go to a party with an upper classmen and they are drinking. So if you want to read a really good book about a hardship in a teen's life this is a wonderful book to show you that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it explained everything with great detail. As I read this book, I got a picture in my mind of what was happening every word that I read. I really recommend this book if you want to read something about real teen situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, I think, is very good because it deals with issues that a teenager has to face almost every day. It was very realistic, I felt like I was there in the same room as Izzy and Roseumunde. It was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the title makes it sound childish, it's really a great book for teens. I thought it was a great book even though it was pretty sad at some parts. It made me feel like I was actually Izzy trying to adjust to life with one leg. I know now that I couldn't handle it, and it made me think twice about amputees in general. I recommend it to anyone wants an inspirational book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the 7th grade. I must admit it touched me greatly then as it does still today when I read it. I couldn't believe how sad it made me feel. Going through the same ordeals as Izzy helps us all. Now at 19, I recommend every freshman to read it because our school had a history of drunk drivers and has died down for quite sometime over the past 10 years. I think it would make any love struck teenager think twice before accepting a date from a 'jock' who parties.
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book for class, and it was okay, but never struck me as a great book...I was pretty unimpressed.
Packrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written. It portrayed the difficulties Izzy faced in a believable fashion without being melodramatic. It was obvious that the author did research to make the novel believable, but it didn't sound like a medical article. Izzy was portrayed as a little nicer than average, but she had enough faults to make her realistically human. This book was a little different from many young adult novels in that Izzy came from a supportive two-parent family, but I think she had enough issues to face with her medical issues, friendships and adjustments, that it would have been unwieldy to also include divorced and/or otherwise missing parents.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When fifteen year old Izzy¿s date drove her home after a night of drinking, they get into an accident and Izzy¿s leg must be amputated. She finds herself forced down a long hard path towards recovery which includes both regaining her strength and coordination with only one leg but also learning how to accept her body in its new condition and dealing with those who cannot see past her disability. When most of us think of loss, our thoughts tend to go towards the loss of a friend or family member. The loss of a limb can be just as tragic if not more so, and this book offers a very frightening glimpse inside that world. It covers a lot of topics such as self-esteem and body image as well as prejudice and people¿s discomfort around those who are disabled. The book¿s only drawback is that it is sometimes apparent that it was written twenty years ago such as when the family considers buying a VCR but worry about the price.
rachelellen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I first read in junior high, and I revisit it periodically. Cynthia Voigt has a way of writing about young people that makes theme seem as real as the person sitting next to you, or more so, and she tackles serious issues without either minimalizing them or preaching for pages on end about them.One aspect of this book that I particularly like, more even than the drunk driving discussion, which is the main theme, is its treatment of friendship and of the issues: what makes a friend? How important is it to "fit in"? It looks at the judgments made by those who do fit in about those who don't in a really satisfying and subtle way, through the character Rosamund Webber, who is one of my literary heroes.
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I really like this book but feel like the story is kind of not really finished...author should have written a sequel....
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It was awsome
GuzmanD More than 1 year ago
Izzy Willy Nilly By Cynthia Voigt Was A Really Good Book . It Left Me Shocked About The Things That Happened To Izzy The Chamges She Had In Her Life Her Life Was Actually Changed Forever All Because Of A Drunk Driver .Altopugh The Drunk Driver Was Her Date To the Party She Went To .Her Friends Giving Her Back On Her Was Really Bad In My Place iWould Of Felt Bad Also . Especially If iWas In A Hospital Bed Like Her . This Book Is Actually Worth Reading For Take your Time And Check It Out . -DG <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Izzy Willy-Nilly is a very good and intersting book. It made me think about all the things you have to think through before you do something. It's a book worth reading. it's a real eye opener. - nathally
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is really good especially for teens who drive drunk or get in a car with a drunk driver-Tiffany Williams