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Sunday, May 17, 2009

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know

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*

Cover C+
Doesn’t understand the purpose as to why Sophie is on cover…

9 comments:

  1. First off, LOVE these books and I can read them and read them and read them til the cows came home. I love her structure, tone and most of all her heart.

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  2. I've never come across a verse novel. Ever. I mean, I read Tennyson's Idyll's of a King, but that's it. I'm totally going to give this a try. I'm very intrigued.

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  3. A verse novel in a guy's point of view? I have to read it!

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  4. I love Sonya Sones's books and I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the interesting review - I'm intrigued!

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  5. I've only read one verse novel, and I really enjoyed it. I'll have to read this one as well.

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  6. This sounds like a really good book. I don't think I've ever read a book made up of verses.

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  7. I love Sonya Sones and think she excells at writing in verse (which sometimes I like and other times I don't!) I really loved What my Mother Doesn't Know and this one. I wish she would write more soon!!

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  8. I'll be reading this soon because I convinced my sister that I *ahem* I mean she needed it. lol

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the ending! I talked to a few friends who didn't have a problem with it, but I just felt as though Sones ended in the wrong place.

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