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So B. It by Sarah Weeks
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Jun 21, 12

bookshelves: ya-books, reluctant-readers
Read in January, 2009

Heidi and her mentally disabled mother who calls herself So B. It, live an unconventional life with their agoraphobic neighbor Bernadette. Bernie found So B. It outside her apartment clutching newborn baby Heidi twelve years ago and has taken care of them ever since. Heidi has many questions about where she came from and who she is, but with her mama So B. It only having a vocabulary of 23 words, she cannot offer Heidi any answers. One word So B. It repeats often but has no discernable meaning is “soof,” this word peaks Heidi’s curiosity so much that she sets out on a journey to discover what this word means to her mother. After finding old photos taken in Liberty, NY, Heidi takes a bus cross-country from Nevada to New York in hopes of finding the answers she seeks; her trip is an unforgettable one that will not only change her life but those around her forever.

This story is engaging and heart-warming, following Heidi on her quest for answers keeps the reader’s interest from start to finish. Heidi’s voice is honest, and her hopeful view of the world makes her such a likeable character. Even though she grew up in very uncommon and somewhat difficult circumstances, she gained a maturity and positive outlook as a result. The story strings the reader along as Heidi tries to solve the mystery of her past, the ending is unexpected but satisfying.
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