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So B. It

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  31,679 ratings  ·  2,839 reviews
Heidi knows that she's approximately 12 years old, but she doesn't know her last name, her birthday, or, for that matter, the identity of her father. With a vocabulary of only two dozen words, her mentally disabled mother can't help Heidi fill the gaps in her history. When she finds a camera full of old photographs, she begins a quest that will take her into the past and ...more
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Sophia YES! it is the best book you will ever read there is like a mixture joy and sad and if you like those type of books then you will love this one it…moreYES! it is the best book you will ever read there is like a mixture joy and sad and if you like those type of books then you will love this one it uses powerful and inspiring words and i am doing book report about it and I am pretty sure it is going to blow my teacher's mind and she will want to read it. I recommend this book because it is just plain awesome. (less)
Prim Tris Katniss Everdeen-Prior-Granger-Weasley The B in So B. It stands for Be, like the phrase, "so be it." When Heidi's Mama showed up at Bernadette's door, Heidi's Mama said the baby's name was…moreThe B in So B. It stands for Be, like the phrase, "so be it." When Heidi's Mama showed up at Bernadette's door, Heidi's Mama said the baby's name was "Heidi" and when Bernadette asked for the mother's name, Heidi's mama just says "So be it." Since Bernadette believes that everyone deserves a middle name, she made "So" the mother's first name, "Be" the mother's middle name, and "It" the last name (making Heidi "Heidi It"). Bernadette shortened the middle name to B, so whenever she signed Heidi's Mama's name, she signed it as "So B. It," thus creating the title of the book.(less)
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Becky
Dec 27, 2010 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
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Selena
Oct 12, 2008 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. ...more
Merica
Dec 04, 2008 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.
Sarah
Mar 05, 2009 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 doesnt 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 Bernadettes door in an apartment building in Reno, Nevada when Heidi was just one week old? Heidis mother, who calls herself Sobeit, and whose ...more
Linda Lipko
Nov 30, 2012 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
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Donna
Feb 15, 2010 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
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. ...more
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 ...more
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
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Rebecca McNutt
Apr 09, 2015 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.
Kim
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars ✨
Erin O.
Sep 19, 2013 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, doesnt mean you cant 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 main
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Jen
Jul 11, 2012 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 ...more
Margie
Sep 15, 2011 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
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Donna
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't happen often, but my rating for this book is purely on an emotional level. In spite of the many plot holes and the ginormous leaps over reality, I was completely pulled into this story. It is a middle grade book with a 12 year old girl named Heidi as the MC. She is living a unique life that consists of a mentally handicapped mother, a neighbor with severe limitations herself and a secret that needs to be discovered. I've never read anything quite like this. I liked the twists, even as ...more
Noriko
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 or 4.5 out of five stars.
This is a well-crafted middle grade coming-of-age story.
It's bittersweet, yet beautiful.
More thoughts at https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2...
catherine ♡
I remember reading this in middle school and having it be one of those books that actually really stuck with me. I just watched the movie and really liked it so I highly recommend!
Georgie J
Sep 17, 2013 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 hadnt 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
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Laurie
Nov 09, 2015 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.
Hannah
Mar 04, 2015 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!!!!
Kelly W.
Sep 16, 2013 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
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Alex
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
VOYA: 4Q4P

So B. It
Sarah Weeks
Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts: The cover looks appealing. Im 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 Im not sure what to expect.
During Reading: The story is written in a straightforward prose that moves quickly along the
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Brianna Moreno
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily
Oct 06, 2016 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 ...more
Hayden Kremer
Dec 16, 2014 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
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Nicole
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 520realisticfic
*Listened to audio version of this text
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
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Stetson
Jan 28, 2015 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. ...more
Taylor Brunton
Jan 13, 2015 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
Grace Ireland
Jan 27, 2015 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 ...more
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Sarah Weeks has been writing childrens 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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