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What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
What My Mother Doesn’t Know #2
Published June 5th 2007 by Smon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads

Summary: My name is Robin.
This book is about me.
It tells the story of what happens
when after almost 15 pathetic years of loserdom,
the girl of my dreams finally falls for me.

That seems like it would be
good thing, right?
Only it turns out to be
a lot more complicated than that

Because I’m not gonna lie to you —
there are naked women involved.
Four of them, to be exact.
Though not in the way you might think.

Don’t get me wrong — my girlfriend’s amazing.
But the way things have been going lately,
I’m starting to believe that the only thing worse
than not getting what you want,

is getting it.

Review: Much like the previous book What My Mother Doesn’t Know, this book is brilliant. I’m starting to love the way Sones writes her verses – so short and succinct yet engaging. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know continues off where What My Mother Doesn’t Know leaves off – only this time, it’s in Robin’s point of view.

(I will attempt to make this spoiler free!)

Robin isn’t Robin. He’s Murphy and everyone has been calling him that since junior high. The story starts off with Robin trying to wrap his mind around what happened in the previous book where he began a friendship with Sophie who was the main character in that book. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is a little bit of a giveaway, considering the title. The book mainly delves into the corners of a young boy’s mind and how he copes with the day to day bullying (and later trying to protect his girlfriend).

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know isn’t essentially just about Robin and his relationship. Rather, its about his relationship with his peers at school, his teachers and later on, making friends with some college kids. It also discusses quite a bit on the topic of sex – and how Robin’s dealing with his hormones and needs.

Sones did an equally fantastic job with What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. She really builds her character so well and they progress so realistically from page to page. Sones projected a teenage boy’s mind so well and I’ve completely fallen in love with Robin. So much that I was rooting for his success with every obstacle that’s throw at him.

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is brilliant and much like the first book, discusses many  typical issues that teenagers usually go through. It’s raw and honest and relatable. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is also written in verse, so it’s a really quick read. Both of the books in the series are excellent fun reads so if you’re looking for something easy to read, do check it out.

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What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
What My Mother Doesn’t Know #1
Published February 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads

Summary: My name is Sophie.
This book is about me.
It tells
the heart-stoppingly riveting story
of my first love.
And also of my second.
And, okay, my third love, too.

It’s not that I’m boy crazy.
It’s just that even though
I’m almost fifteen
it’s like
my mind
and my body
and my heart
just don’t seem to be able to agree
on anything.

Review: I am so glad I picked this book up. I first discovered this book on goodreads while looking for other books written in verse but I didn’t really hear that much about it. So when I saw this book sitting on my library bookshelf, I figured, why the heck not.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know is simple, concise and brilliant. I’ve only read one book in verse (that being Ellen Hopkin’s Crank) a few years ago and I’d have to say it is one of the most interesting way to tell a story. If you’re unfamiliar with books written in verse, it’s kind of like a poem or well, a verse where stories are told in a few short verses (think song verses – except it’s a story!)

The premise of What My Mother Doesn’t Know has been done before. It is your average high school teenager falling in love/come-of-age book. But what’s different about this book is that it’s simple and goes to the point. Sophie tells you about her days in simple verses and it’s such an easy read that you’ll just fly through it. Although the plot has been done before or the character is rather cliche, it didn’t once deter me from continuing on reading it. Simply because the way it’s written is so engaging and Sophie’s voice is so true to what a high school teenager is (admit it, we’ve all been there) you can’t help but keep reading the book. The element of verse made the story-telling a lot more fun because with verse there’s not really a ‘structure’ to keep to, unlike a regular book. It’s not long paragraphs and fancy words but just simple short structures and sometimes

it

looks

like

this.

Such fun.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know was also banned/challenged for it’s offensive language and sexually explicit content. I could see why it was challenged but there are worst books out there than this and it isn’t as bad as it sounds. As always, I would say that you should be of age or y’know, make sure your parents are okay with the content inside before picking it up. But if you’re older etc., I would recommend you to pick this book up. You will just fly through it!

I picked up it’s sequel/companion book What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know as well and have just finished it so you can look forward to a review on that soon!