For a quick, yet wonderful story of family, identity and love I needed to read So B. It by Sarah Weeks. Very few authors can take the ingredients of an unusual situation, a strong female character, a journey of discovery and turn it into a story that whips up the emotions and imagination. Ms. Weeks does this with class and style. Admittedly at first, the premise of a child growing up in a home with a mentally challenged mother and a neighbor who is agoraphobic (fear of going outside) seemed a bit depressing. Really, how interesting could this thirteen year-old's life be? It seemed to be reminiscent of Higher Power of Lucky, which was the worst book that I have ever had the displeasure of reading. Not another story about a girl who lives in depressing neighborhood, where there is no hope for things ever changing. Thankfully, Ms. Weeks tells the story of Heidi's journey in a way that lifts the spirit. It is a classic underdog story that everyone loves. Heidi not only wins our attention, she wins in life too. Without giving the ending away, it is safe to say that Heidi not only finds her identity, she is also able to discern what is and is not important to know. The book is definitely one to pick up at the library or at your local bookstore. If either places don't have it, ask to have it interloaned or ordered. It's that good!
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