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So B. It

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  25,638 Ratings  ·  2,310 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Perfection Learning (first published April 27th 2004)
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Nov 23, 2008 Selena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone looking for a good book to read.
So B. It is a hearting warming novel about a young girl named Heidi who wants to know more about her life, where she came from, and who she really is. She lives with her mother who is mentally disabled and only knows 23 words; she also lives with her neighbor Bernadette, who took Heidi and her mother in. Heidi sets off to an adventure to Liberty, New York where she will hopefully find herself, and her mama, some answers. When she arrives she gets a lot of answers, like what soof meant. Unfortuna ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This isn't sophisticated high-brow literature, but it is touching and honest, and it got me right in the feels, at least as far as the main storyline goes. Everything else, though, I had some issues with.

Just about every review of this book contains a book-report-like summary, so I'm going to skip that and just talk about my thoughts. I couldn't imagine growing up the way that Heidi did, with a mother who could barely communicate, and definitely not care for herself, and her only other caregiver
Dec 04, 2008 Merica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was beautifully written and the story drew me right in. Great pieces of wisdom were woven throughout and the book has a very satisfying ending, though not the one I expected. Everyone should read this one, and it would make a great read aloud.
Mar 05, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Twelve-year-old Heidi, homeschooled by her unofficial guardian and neighbor Bernadette, has a mentally disabled mother and only one friend her age. But she doesn’t seem to have the types of problems I would imagine someone in her situation to have. Heidi is obsessed with discovering the mystery of her past. How did she and her child-like mother arrive at Bernadette’s door in an apartment building in Reno, Nevada when Heidi was just one week old? Heidi’s mother, who calls herself “Sobeit,” and wh ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: A classmate
So B It is a delightful story about 12 year old Heidi who is in search of her identity. She lives with her mother who has a mental disability and knows exactly 23 words. Together with their neighbor Bernadette, they live in Reno and get by through Heidi's luck with winning at video games and Bernie's disability check. One of the words that Heidi's mother knows is "soof" and there lies the driving factor to Heidi's travels to find her identity and what the word 'soof' means. Bernie has named Mama ...more
Linda Lipko
Nov 30, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever read a book that haunted you long after the last page ended, then you understand the difficulty in writing a review that expresses the sheer beauty of an incredible tale.

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
Paula Vince
As a homeschooling mother, I was intrigued by the sound of this YA novel and all the positive reviews.

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
Hillary Mantone
I liked this book. It wasn't my favorite, but it was still good. It was written by Sarah Weeks. This book was about a girl named Heidi and her Mama who is disabled. Heidi is about 12 because they don't know when she was born. They live with their neighbor Bernedette. Bernedette is also Heidi's gaurdian. Bernedette says "It was as if they had fallen from the sky." Heidi really wants to know who she is. She doesn't know where she was born or what her last name is. She also doenst know any other f ...more
Eden Schanzenbach
I liked this book. It wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it. It was a good story about a young girl's life. She had to go through many tough adventures that I don't think a 12 year old girl should have to go through. The book was written by Sarah Weeks. The girl's name was Heidi. She had a Mama who was disabled. Heidi said that her mom had a "bum brain." Her mom can't take care of herself, so she has a neighbor, Bernadette, who watches over them. She is kind of like a guardian to Heidi. Bernadet ...more
Erin O.
Sep 19, 2013 Erin O. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Georgie J
Sep 17, 2013 Georgie J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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
Aug 05, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review contains spoilers. This was our book club pick this month. Its a children's book that won an award It's a really short read about a 12 year old girl who's mother is very mentally disabled, and they both live next door to a woman who is agoraphobic who more or less takes care of them. The only thing Heidi knows about her mother is that she calls herself So B It, she knows only 23 words and she says the word soof. This leads her on a quest to find the truth about her mother and herself ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 12, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So B. It was an excellent and powerful book that could be compared to What's Eating Gilbert Grape or The Big Way Out. It features a woman with childlike innocence and her daughter's struggle to deal with everything going on around her. It was brilliantly written, with memorable characters and an original plot.
Mar 18, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reread
This book just makes you want to cry at the end! This is my second time reading it and I still felt like I was going to cry! It is just an amazing book!!!!
Hayden Kremer
Mar 11, 2015 Hayden Kremer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was somewhat realistic and somewhat relate-able. I gave this book five stars because I thought that this book was very interesting throughout the entire book. Because I was interested throughout the entire thing, I thought that this book was an easy read.

I thought that this book was easy to read for many reasons. One reason was that I was very interested in this topic. This book was about a little girl and her autistic mother who lived with their neighbor. Throughout the
Jan 30, 2015 Stetson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The genre of So B. It is realistic fiction by Sarah Weeks, I have gave it a five-star rating. The main characters of So B. It are Heidi, the main character, Bernadette, Mama, Thurman, Roy, Ruby, Georgia, and Elliot. The two main settings are Reno, Nevada and Liberty, New York. In Reno, Heidi is usually in her apartment or out gambling at a slot machine, and in Liberty she is either at Hilltop or Roy and Ruby's house. The main plot is a girl, Heidi, with a bum brain Mama who can't fully speak. Wh ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 520realisticfic
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This novel is about a girl named Heidi who wants to find out more about her life. She lives with her mother who is mentally disabled, she only knows 23 words, and has a neighbor named Bernadette whose house is connected to theirs. Heidi has never known who her father is, as Bernadette found Heidi's mother alone with her when she was a baby.

12 years later, they are still living together, and Bernadette continues to teach Heidi's mother simple new things suc
Mar 12, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So B. It
Sarah Weeks
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
Kelly W.
Sep 16, 2013 Kelly W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this fantastic, fabulous, five-star book to readers of all ages! I enjoyed how the book had a ton of detail, it reminded you of the main conflict frequently, and it had an amazing main character, Heidi. I loved this book, and I think you will, too!
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
Grace Ireland
Jan 30, 2015 Grace Ireland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So B It by Sarah Weeks is a realistic fiction. The book So B It is about a girl named Heidi, a curious teenager, Bernadette, the caring neighbor, and Mama, a mentally disabled mother of Heidi. This book is set in Reno, Nevada & Liberty, New York. Mama has a "bum-brain" & can't speak very well or explain things. Heidi is so curious about Mama she risks her future to go to Hilltop Homes in Liberty, New York. Hilltop Homes is where Heidi thinks Mama stayed when she was with her mother. I li ...more
Taylor Brunton
Jan 30, 2015 Taylor Brunton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book So B. It by Sarah Weeks was a realistic fiction novel. When a 12 year old girl named Heidi doesn't know about her past because her mom is mentally disabled. She goes on a journey to figure out about her past, but especially the word soof that mama only knows. Will Heidi figure out about her past, or especially the word soof? Read this book to find out. I really liked this book. I liked this book because it keeps on leading me to read more and more about this book. I also would of never ...more
Kiann Khamphouy
Jan 30, 2015 Kiann Khamphouy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So B. It is a realistic fiction by Sarah Weeks. In this book, Heidi, a girl basically doesn't know any of her past, because her mother has a "bum brain". Her neighbor, Bernadette, helps Heidi and Mama. She takes care of both of them. When Heidi wants to find out her past after she finds old pictures of Mama at Hilltop Home, she decides to go to Liberty,New York. On the way there she meets lots of people, and problems. Once she gets to Hilltop, Mr. Hill rejects her and says Mama wasn't there. Whe ...more
Nay Thomas
So B. It by Sarah Week is a mystery novel. Heidi and Bernie lived Reno Nevada. The major character are Bernie and Heidi. Heidi found some pictures of and she wanted to take it to hilltop Home to ask therm but Bernie wouldn't let Heidi go so when they had there fight and made Bernie upset what she said that was rude to her than the next morning she let Heidi go and Heidi want on her journey to find who mama was and to find out who she was. why I loved the the book because she wants to find who sh ...more
Camryn Plemons
Jan 30, 2015 Camryn Plemons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Be. It by Sarah Weeks is a realistic fiction book. So Be. It is an awesome book about a young girl named Heidi who's Mama is mentally disabled. Heidi thinks her life is perfect the way it is, until one day her Mama starts saying "soof." Heidi has no idea what this word means, so when she finds a piece of her Mama's past, she sets off on a mission to figure out who she is. When Heidi gets there, she finds out that she never really knew how much she really has. I LOVED this book so much! Sara ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margie by: Wouldn't I like to know!
Shelves: young-adult
I wish I could remember how I stumbled across this title. I'm glad I did.

One of the things I love about YA fiction is that the books don't mess around. They go straight to the important things; how can someone possibly love me? who am I? how can I survive this trauma? They draw us in, wrap us up in the world of the protagonist, allow us to suffer the poignancy which is life, and then leave us facing the rest of life, usually feeling a bit bruised or tender.

Without being overly dramatic, this bo
Faith K
Jan 18, 2013 Faith K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading "So B. It".This book is definitely on of my favorites. It is just like "Out of my mind" but it is flipped. Instead of it being the daughter it is the mom that is disabled. In this book Heidi, the daughter, goes on a cross country journey to find a word in her moms vocabulary, soof. In this journey she meets some interesting people. Little by little Heidi is putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Heidi is super brave to me because I would never go that far alone. Her jo ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This story follows Heidi as she attempts to uncover the meaning of the word 'soof'. Soof is one of the few word that her mentally handicapped mother says and Heidi embarks on a mission across the country to decode its meaning. She gets way more than she bargained for once she arrives in liberty, New York. Heidi's story is simply beautiful. Weeks' characters are all flawed and that makes them more real, the story more raw, and the ending more gut-wrenching. It is a story of love, courage, curiosi ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So B. It by Sarah Weeks is a novel about a young girl named Heidi determined to find out about her past. Her mother was born with a mentally disabled brain, and isn't able to work or care for 12-year old Heidi, and she does not know of her father. Her neighbor, Bernadette, is the only one who can care for her, but she can't work due to her illness where she cannot go outside. They only way for them to get by is using Heidi's lucky streak and winning enough money from slot machines. They seeme ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A student checked this book out from the library for me to read because it was one of her favorite books in elementary school. It was absolutely charming and a little bit magical.
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Sarah Weeks has been writing children’s books and songs for the past twenty years. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU and recently became an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University, in New York City.

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
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