My review -
Jody Angel Taylor is eighteen and lives in a small American town with her parents. She’s bright, very pretty and the height of her ambition is to marry early and have a family, as her mother did. Her mom is keen that she enter (and win) pageants and beauty contests, which she does with huge success. Then her world is rocked to the foundations when her car is forced off the road by a truck, she’s critically injured and told she’ll never walk again.
The author really gets into the head of a teenager here, and I believe it was based on a true story. Jody has to accept that her friends valued her as the successful and pretty beauty queen she was, and without that, they drop her. We are all, at least in part, the product of our own imagination and ego, and when that is taken away from us, we have the difficult, and seemingly hopeless, task of building ourselves back up into people we can be proud to be. After her accident, Jody sees other parts of what was her ‘perfect life’ begin to fall apart at the seams. She finds one or two people who enable her to see her potential, even with legs that don’t work. This is both entertaining and thought-provoking and a great story.