So B. It

So B. It

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by Sarah Weeks, Cherry Jones

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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 twenty-three 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

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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 twenty-three 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 was one word only my mother said, soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother’s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi’s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.

A dramatic tour de force by the best-selling author of Regular Guy.

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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, but simple despair will not stop this little trooper. When she finds a camera full of old photographs, she begins a quest that will take her into the past and new beginnings. A mature, gripping story.

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So B. It

By Weeks, Sarah

Laura Geringer Book

ISBN: 0066236223


If truth was a crayon and it was up to me to put a wrapper around it and name its color, I know just what I would call it—dinosaur skin. I used to think, without really thinking about it, that I knew what color that was. But that was a long time ago, before I knew what I know now about both dinosaur skin and the truth.

The fact is, you can't tell squat about the color of an animal just from looking at its bones, so nobody knows for sure what color dinosaurs really were. For years I looked at pictures of them, trusting that whoever was in charge of coloring them in was doing it based on scientific fact, but the truth is they were only guessing. I realized that one afternoon, sitting in the front seat of Sheriff Roy Franklin's squad car, the fall before I turned thirteen.

Another thing I found out right around that same time is that not knowing something doesn't mean you're stupid. All it means is that there's still room left to wonder. For instance about dinosaurs—were they the same color as the sky the morning I set off for Liberty? Or were they maybe the same shade of brown as the dust my shoes kicked up on the driveway at Hilltop Home?

I'd be lying if I said that given a choice, I wouldn't rather know than not know. But there are some things you can just know for no good reason other than that you do, and then there are other things that no matter how badly you want to know them, you just can't. The truth is, whether you know something or not doesn't change what was. If dinosaurs were blue, they were blue; if they were brown, they were brown whether anybody ever knows it for a fact or not.


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So B. It 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 416 reviews.
Neacky Whats-it-to-ya More than 1 year ago
I personaly cried my eyes out at the end if the book! Now every time when I read this book I will ask myself, WHY is life so Cruel. I BEG YOU TO READ THIS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So B. It is an amazing book! I have read it 7 times and loved it every time! There's one part that makes you cry but it really is a good story. It made me laugh, cry, and slide to the edge of my seat. !!!!!!I WOULD TOTALLY RECOMEND IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. Infact, i Just got done reading it today! When I got to the chapter called Uh-oh, from then on, I cried through the book, it has been the only story I think I have cried for. I love this book!! I suggest it for all 11-13 year olds!! Love it love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Weeks does a phenominal job writing about Heidi a girl who is unsure of her past. Heidi doesn't know her father, her mothers name, let alone her birthday!Heidi lives in an apartment with her mother who claims her self to be "So B. It" is mentally disabled and her apartment neighbor Bernadette who comes through a door which that seperates the two apartments. Bernadette has home schooled Heidi has an aphobia were she is frightened to go outside she says something terribly bad would happen. "So. B. It" has one word she says constantly. Soof. Heidi is so determined to find out what soof is that she embarks on a remarkable journey from Reno Nevada to Liberty New York to Hilltop Home; A Place a picture found in her apartments junk drawer where her mother stayed. Hilltop Home is a rehabilitation home for the mentally disabled. Heidi thinks Hilltop Home may still have her mothers records where Heidi may find her mothers past let alone hers. Heidi find out way more than she expected. Heidi also has her 1st experience with death. Sarah Weeks has a great imagination to write a story great as So B. It. 5 stars for Sarah Weeks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hey i think that so b it is an very inspiring novel is great and is has great lessons and a great moral if your looking for a book to read to pass the time by read so b it it just sucks you into the book parents if you have work or are driving or something give your kids this book to read it will keep them quiet for a good while it was so good i read for a whole day it was just that good you should definetly read so b it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me sob my eyes out but I was drawn to it the whole time it was in my reach. This novel is a perfect example of sceptical, beautiful, cruel life. Once you pick up this book you will be unable to set it down. I am dead serious, you would bring it on your honey moon if thats what it came down to. It is sad, yes but I strongley advise poking your nose in the one and only: So B It. No matter your age or gender
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Sarah Weeks review by Mitchell Benson So B. It has one word that really describes it, truth. The idea that you can't know everything sticks throughout the story as well. Heidi, the main character is 12 and lives with Bernadette, a adopted mother and her bum brain mama. Heidi lives in Reno Nevada and is all consumed by her curiosity about her mama's word soof. Soof haunts Heidi and it seems like she will never find the meaning until one day she finds a old Kodak camera. After she has the pictures developed she learns that her mama lived in Liberty, New York she thinks she will find some answers there. After deciding to go on a bus to Liberty she uses a bit of her luck (she's real sweet with the slots) to get some cash. She then travels cross country over thousands of miles on a bus to find the truth in her world. I liked this book because it had a good moral, you can't know everything. I really think this applies to all people because what point is there to live if you already know everything? It also has a good story line that kept me reading the entire time. My favorite part is when Heidi is on the bus and makes several friends and learns a lot about lying from doing so. One down side to So B. It is that it doesn't have much humor and has some very sad parts. It also doesn't really have any amazing descriptions or metaphors but it really makes you look into yourself and do some deep thinking. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to learn about their virtues and have a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so touching. It really gives you a different view on the mentally disabled. I bawled my eyes out towards the end. It IS definitely the best book I have EVER read. Please read it too!!!!!!!
Zoeandthebeast More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was somewhat young, around middle school. I remember it was easy to understand and very sweet and cute. Now that I've gotten a little older (17), I can see it for what it is- a girl desperate to know her roots, and her father specifically, rushes across the country to find something that's alluded her for her whole life, a small one syllable word that her mother says 'soof'. Of course the ending made me bawl my eyes out but i appreciate this book for what it is- a triumph in the eyes of inevitable and almost undying adversity. Go Heidi :)
Amari Wright More than 1 year ago
Omg i seriously love this book. I also read it in 4th grade. It was so amazing. I loved every single word of the book. And when i got to a couple of parts, i cried. You geel like you are in the book. You feel for the characters. You love them. When they are in trouble or if something happens, you feel it too. Absolutely the best book i have ever read. EVER. You should really get this book. Truly amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read. It's about a girl named Heidi, and she goes on a long trip to find out where she came from. The rest of the book will be a suprise. So you should get this book and read it. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read about half of this book and I am loving it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me just tell you first that I don't like reading. Not one bit. This book is different though. I just couldn't put it down. Such an amazing book. I have read it about five times now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally cried and sobbed at some parts it was so awesome like the hunger games so if u like it read the hunger games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So b. It is the best book i have ever read! My mother and I read it at the same time and it was so sad to read because i thought what if i was like this what if i didnt no my birthday or no my dad the mood was very suspensful i recommend this book to each kind of sex and not only kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This great book is about a little girl named Heidi. Heidi has a mentally challenged mother and struggles to take care of her. So she met a person who took them in. Although her mother can't talk she only knows 23 words. But there is a word that she says that drives Heidi nuts. She can't figure out what it means but goes on a trip to find out. This book is great for people who love sad stories but yet it's happy and joyful. The book uses great grammar and helps the reader understand the books purpose. It also has a great suspense. I would say people over the sixth grade. The more challenged readers could read this though. People who do not like sad stories should not read this book. Well I would have to say this is one of my all time faves. As soon as you read the first page you're hooked from start to finish. The book itself it wonderful and so is the author Sarah Weeks. You will not be able to turn your back on this book for more than a second. It's full of surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down! So B. It is the best book I ever read!!! I do admit, i cried, it was really sad but it was still amazing! you must read this!! (Or any book by Sarah Weeks, best author ever)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is totally worh buying. I was so addicted I read the whole thing in like 3 hours. This book got me to actually enjoy reading again:) i recommend this book to girls of all ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is very exuiste and uniqe its my fav book i hope you like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youll find urself thinking about this book even after ur done. Its really heartwarming and makes u realize well maybe ur lifes not that bad ater all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This made my eyes well up with tears i mean i was such an inspirational book, and not to tell u amazing READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me xry so touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definate must read i couldnt put it down loved heidi she was a great character because she never gave up there was something she wanted more than anything and she decided that she wasnt going to stop until she found 1 the meaning of soof and 2 her father and relitives i loved how her journey goes it is a long one but she meets incredible peple along the way