Sophie Someone is a heartwarming book about confusion, betrayal and forgiveness that will suck you in from the very first page.
As the title suggests Sophie doesn’t know who she is. She’s a little bit English, a little bit Belgian and one-hundred percent confused! When Sophie was younger her parents were able to bat off her questions about why they left England without breaking a sweat but now she’s fourteen and determined to solve the mystery.
One of the most striking elements of this book is that it’s written in its own language. Sophie creates her own code and tells her story in the most unique way. Certain words are replaced with similar-sounding ones and can completely change the sentences meaning. For example ‘people’ is replaced with ‘pigeon’, ‘heart’ with ‘heater’ and friend with ‘freckle’ to name but three.
It can take a little while to get used to but once you’re a few pages in you’ll be able to read it with ease, unphased by Sophie’s bizarre use of words. In fact, I found myself mentally replacing words in other books just after I’d read it, which became a little confusing!
Sophie is an all-round great character. She’s independent, brave and most importantly, questions the world around her. When her parents’ lies start to unravel around her, she’s the only one that makes sure that the truth prevails.
The writing style and layout also helps to give the reader an idea of what Sophie’s like as a character. Some pages are left blank or have a singular question on them, others looks as if the words are spiraling out of control, much like Sophie’s thoughts.
The mystery isn’t particularly hard to solve, but Sophie Someone isn’t about the reader putting the pieces together, it’s about Sophie’s journey.
I really enjoyed Sophie Someone, it’s a great book that’s fun to read, unique and heartwarming. (There is also a few Doctor Who references for my fellow Whovians!)