What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones (December 16th 2008—Simon and Schuster)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
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: Verse novels are rare in the teen genre. And out of those I can only think of a few that stands out as being a master at it. Sonya Sones is definitely one of the few.
The reason why I abhor verse stories is because they are slightly ambiguous, detached, and well, not fun. School has left a scar when it comes to loving poetry. Endless symbolism—what does this mean, what does that mean? Unforgiving teachers—try again kids. And Shakespeare that left an entire classroom frustrated beyond belief. So you can imagine why I avoid these type of books like a plague.
In this case, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is personal and profound—well as profound as a 14 and three-quarters year old guy can be. We witness Sophie’s and Robin’s relationship jump from the high and the bottomless pit and back up along the rough edges. We read as we see the negative response to their closeness affect the one and the other. But most of all we come to love Robin as the loving boyfriend who fears that he might bet he downfall to his girlfriend, Sophie.
Personal. Engrossing. Powerful. And. Traumatizing. What do you expect from a teenage boy's mind?
I completely adore this book. The way it was set-up, the style of writing she uses, the format of some of the sentences she did. It came together like glue and paper. If I could I would kiss Sonya Sones’s brain, not head, brain.
I have some issues with the ending though. It did not seem complete.
Overall: *fawns over book*
Doesn’t understand the purpose as to why Sophie is on cover…
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