Book: Soof (2018)
Author: Sarah Weeks
Genre: MG, Contemporary
Companion Book to: So B. It
Basic plot: Aurora (or Rory) has always heard stories about a girl named Heidi. Her mom always claims that Heidi brought her good luck since it was after Heidi left that Rory was born. But in all these years, Rory’s never met this “perfect” Heidi. So, when she learns that Heidi’s going to finally visit, she’s not too happy…
1) I enjoyed Rory as a narrator. She’s sweet but doesn’t hide her negative feelings from us. She worries about being weird, yet also embraces that “weirdness”.
2) I liked how the story deals with how Rory’s reaction to events that happened before her birth… how everybody expects something from her. But how can she react when she didn’t experience it.
3) The scene with the lighter is good. The interplay with her parents before and after what happens. (I won’t spoil it.)
4) I particularly love Rory’s dad! (Notice how I call her ‘Rory’ instead of ‘Aurora’? This is his nickname for her!) I love how he interacts with Rory and, well, everything about him. I love good dads!
5) I liked how the search for Duck (the dog) fits into the plot. Especially with what happens at school.
6) And Heidi. I wasn’t sure she was going to show up in the story! (**Spoiler alerts! She does show up at the end. And since I’m using spoilers here, I might as well tell you that I really like the relationship that develops between Heidi and Rory.)
WHAT’S NOT COOL…
1) (**Spoiler alert! The scene with the baby seemed a little over the top to me. There’s a line: “It seemed too perfect that Heidi’s baby would be born just as I reached the end of the list, but that’s what happened.” Yes, I found that a little ‘too perfect’. A little too much. But, I’m probably being super critical here.)
I don’t often read the back of the book cover before reading the book (since it often contains spoilers!). So, I missed that this was a “sequel” of sorts to Sarah Week’s book, So B. It. It wasn’t until halfway through, that I started to say, “Hey, wait a minute. Some of this sounds familiar!” And yet, I think you could enjoy this book without having read the first one.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday…