Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Side Effects

Fifteen year old Izzy tells her story. “You go along, minding our own business (more or less), then BAM! You win the lottery, a piano falls on your head, you’re struck by lightning and fried to a crisp. Or, like Izzy Miller, your plain old swollen glands turn out to be a kind of cancer you never even heard of before.”

Many of my students know I am not a fan of the “death and dying” novels, but this one is somehow different. Izzy takes the readers with her as she suffers all the treatments and indignities that often accompany fighting a disease like cancer. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting! I felt her suffering, her anger, her humor, and her depression. This is not the typical book about a kid with cancer probably because Izzy is not the stereotype character. Once again Amy Goldman Koss has written a great book.


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