Isabelle, not quite 15, is living a normal life of fighting with her younger brother, being disgusted with her parents, and hoping to be noticed by a cute guy. Everything changes in an instant when she is diagnosed with lymphoma -- and even her best friend, Kay, thinks Izzy is going to die. But she doesn't, and her humor -- sardonic, sharp, astute -- makes reading this book accessible and actually enjoyable.
"Throughout, readers see how the teens condition affects her loving family and supportive best friend. Reassured by the preface, they will have no fear of Izzys recovery. Rather, the story focuses in great detail on her treatments and how she gets through them, holding out for a future in which she will have long, braided hair and a boyfriend who can deal with serious stuff like cancer." -- Rhona Campbell, School Library Journal