So B. It: 12/08/09
Until I stumbled upon So B. It at my local library I only knew Sarah Weeks for Happy Birthday Frankie, a cute picture book retelling of Frankenstein that has been in my son's collection since his first birthday.
So B. It is a novel written for "mature tweens" (a description I read in a review). In it, Heidi It is trying to discover her mother's true identity. Her mother, though living, can't help in the process because she is mentally handicapped and only knows a limited vocabulary. Heidi's only other adult in her life, is a next door neighbor who suffers from agoraphobia. If Heidi is going to solve the mystery, she's going to have do it on her own.
The family dynamic of Heidi, her mother and the next door neighbor in So B. It reminds me most of Lilo and Stitch. I'm thinking of the line about the family being a little broken but still good. Heidi, though she wants to know the truth of her mother's history, she still loves her family. She isn't looking for a better life, just someone to fill in the gaps and answer some questions.
There's just a hint of magical realism to So B. It. Heidi is lucky. Living in Vegas, her kind of luck helps pay the bills sometimes. Her luck can't answer her questions but it can get her on the right path.
I'm happy to report Heidi finds her answers. The journey is rough and what she discovered comes with a price but it provides for a satisfying conclusion that paints a full picture of an unusual life and gives Heidi a chance to grow.