So B. It
You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there wa...more
12-year-old Heidi has a very irregular family unit. Her mentally-disabled mother knows only a total of 23 words, and she and Heidi are both cared for by a loving neighbour, Bernadette, who has such severe agorophobia that just to step into the passage of their apartment building makes her collapse. Heidi longs to know her own biological background and wishes some of her mother's words would drop...more
Attempting will be feeble, but here goes:
There is security for 12 year old Heidi. Bernadette, a loving neighbor, provides help and guidance in taking care of her severely mentally challenged mother. Limited in the ability to express words and thoughts, Heidi's mother repeats one word over and over.
Suffering from a...more
For my summer reading I read So B. It by Sarah Weeks and I really liked the story. The message of the story is that even though you may be little and you have a tough life, doesn’t mean you can’t do great things. I found the book easy to read because I never wanted to put the book down. I have 3 reasons for why I really like the story. It is inspirational, I like the writing style, and I can relate to the main character.
So B. It is very inspirational and the ending really surprised me. The mai...more
So B. It
Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts: The cover looks appealing. I’m not really sure what this is supposed to be about, be it looks like it would be about some sort of hip-style alternate spelling, which suggests an urban background. This does not work with the picture of a girl flying a kite on the cover, however. So really, just by looking at the book I’m not sure what to expect.
During Reading: The story is written in a straightforward prose that moves quickly along t...more
My first reason for recommending this fabulous book is because it had a ton of detail, which made me feel like I was in the novel. One of the times that I felt like I was in the story with Heidi was on page 159, when she described a...more
“Another flash of lighting spilt the sky, followed by a boom of thunder so loud, it rattled the windows behind me. Rain coming down hard and fast at an angle, and I had to jump over several large puddles to get to the tiny little storefront two doors down with a faded cardboard sign in the window I hadn’t noticed before. ABC cab. This detailed quote is from the amazing book So B. It by Sarah Weeks. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend this book to a friend b...more
Twelve-year-old Heidi isn’t sure what her last name is, when her birthday is, or if she has any family besides her mentally disabled mother, So B. It. They live i...more
Things I Love About This Book
Compassionate, realistic characters
Heart-warming and touching without being sentimental
A young teen, Heidi, lives with her mentally disabled mother, who only knows a select amount of words, and who thinks her own name is "So Be It." Their caring neighbor, Bernie, took them under her wing when Heidi was just a week...more
For Heidi, this question is more literal than figurative. Her mentally disabled mother has a vocabulary of 23 words, so for obvious reasons she can't help much. Bernadette, the neighbor who raised Heidi and helps care for her mother, knows little more. She found Heidi's mom (who, when asked her name, says only "So Be It") coweri...more
I really liked this book. I gave it 5 stars because I think it is so inspirational and it is a great story. It is really hard to put down towards the end/middle. The only part I would have changed in the book, is what happens to the main character's mother. But overall, I loved this book and I think that I have learned something from it. I am not sure what exactly I learned, but now that I have read it, I feel like I can understand more mature situa...more
I've never met someone who could only say less than 50 words that was under the age of 5. But Heidi's mom was in her 30's or 40's. And she had medi...more
By: Maria Boyle
So B. It by Sarah Weeks is an engaging and enjoyable 4 out of 5 star novel about the life of a girl named Heidi whose mother is mentally disabled. I really enjoy this book for many reasons, one being how in depth the author explains Heidi’s situation. It’s hard for Heidi to really do anything with Mama’s condition and it affects her life drastically! “I walked down to the corner to wait for the bus. The number 5 commuter came around the corner and passed so...more
So B. It is one of those novels you carry around for weeks after you finish reading it, simply to have it near you. The plot is simple, yet complex in its own way. The essence and meaning of it is quite elementary, but contains subjects of mature nature, and enrolls you in a connected adventure with the main character's search for self-meaning.
The story opens with Heidi as the narrator - a twelve year old girl living with her mentally disabled mother, So B. It, and their neighbour, Bernadette. A...more
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Her first YA novel, So B. It, which appeared on the LA Times bestseller list was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and received the...more