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
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
a 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.