Monday, July 9, 2012

MMGM: So B. It by Sarah Weeks


Title: So B. It
Author: Sarah Weeks
Publisher: HarperTrophy (2004)

Source: Purchased from Scholastic Book Clubs
Summary from Goodreads:
Heidi lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette. A mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary leads Heidi on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.
Review:
I didn't expect to fall in love with So B. It, but I did from my very first reading with my students back in 2006. Heidi's has a very atypical childhood because she takes care of her mother with a mental disability instead of being taken care of. Her mother only uses a very limited vocabulary of 23 words. All the words make sense except for one, "soof" and it is this very word that sends Heidi on a journey across the country in search for answers about who her mother is and ultimately, who she is.

One of my favorite characters is Heidi's reclusive neighbor, Bernadette, who has her own issues. She ends up being a kind of surrogate mother to Heidi and I appreciate her eagerness to help raise Heidi. It's hard to think about a kid who's in such difficult circumstances being all alone without any support. 

I loved that the chapters were each titled with one of the words that Heidi's mother knows, of course ending with "soof." You can't help but admire Heidi's tenacity and courage to find out the truth about her family and therefore herself. She ends up finding out much more than what she expected, but I think that happens very frequently when one decides to go soul-searching. I have a few other books by Sarah Weeks that I've been waiting to read, especially Pie.

I've had such rich discussions in lit. circles with my students over the years with this book and it pushes them to think deeper and ask some hard questions about life. I highly recommend it!

Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

About the Author: Sarah Weeks
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 2004 Parent’s Choice Gold Award. In addition to being an author, Sarah is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She has written for television, stage and screen and a number of her picturebooks include songs which she both writes and sings for the accompanying CD’s. Sarah's titles have sold well over a million copies, including several foreign editions.

Sarah is a tireless promoter, visiting schools throughout the country, serving as author-in-residence and speaking to teachers and librarians at national conferences including IRA, ALA and NCTE. She lives in New York City with her two teenage sons.

Author's website: http://www.sarahweeks.com/


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9 comments:

  1. this sounds like a wonderful story. thank for sharing! also -- i saw you are reading divergent! aah!! hope you love it as much as i did :)

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    1. I keep putting it aside because I have another books to read & review, but I'm looking forward to finishing it! :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. I haven't read this one yet but adored her book PIE (which I happened to review today).

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    1. Can't wait to read Pie! Have you read "As Simple as it Seems"?

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. This sounds great! One of my areas of interest is "neuro-atypical" characters but I've never read a book with a parent who is neuro-atypical. Interesting.

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    1. Great choice of words - "neuro-atypical".

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  4. I love books that prompt good discussions and thinking. This books sounds thought-provoking. I am adding it to my to read list. Thanks.

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    1. Yay! I'm always happy to help others with their TBR list. :)

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  5. This sounds like an interesting book! I'm going to look for it.

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