In the absolutely beautiful and astounding novel So B. It by Sarah Weeks, a young girl named Heidi goes on an extraordinary trip to Liberty, New York to find her past. She travels by bus half-way across the state, meeting many vibrant and different new people, with only her supposed grandmother’s old sweater, her journal, fifty dollars, and a few sandwiches. Heidi was born into a broken family. Her mentally impaired mother gave birth to Heidi, not completely knowing who or where she was. Her father, she never knew. Heidi’s mother, one day, came across an apartment complex, new-born Heidi wrapped in her arms. Heidi’s mother, who had nowhere else to go, settled down in one of the abandoned apartments. There, she met the strong-willed, intelligent, beautiful Bernadette. Bernadette, or Bernie for short, said she knew she had to help Heidi and her mother. Bernie found a door connecting the two apartments, and from then on, Bernie was a part of the family. But when Heidi’s mother starts to say a mysterious word, soof, Heidi goes on a long, exciting adventure to find out her mother’s strange new word, and maybe finally find out her history.
I believe the moral of this amazing, priceless story, is that though things may seem difficult in life, if you truly do want something; you must reach out and achieve it. Heidi faced many struggles and trials but she prevailed and found that it was worth it, to know about herself, rather than to go on throughout life, confused, wondering what could have been. Heidi knew she could have gone on not-knowing, but she never gave up, and she discovered everything she wanted to learn. But perhaps the moral may be that though you might be busy with other things, always keep loved-ones close. While Heidi was chasing her dreams, she got much too caught up in the moment, and someone very, very close to her died. She never got to say goodbye.
The writing style in this book is modern-day. Everything is set in the same era as 2013; there are normal people, average grocery stores, electronics, vehicles, etc. Everything is up-to-date and nothing is out of the ordinary, no flying cars, no horse-drawn carriages, no fairies, and no wagons, etc.
This was an amazing book. It has been one of the best books I have ever read and has remained as one of my favorites since I first read it.
Book Reviewed by Maddie Montoya
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