Book Review: What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones


Young Adult > Contemporary

(What My Mother Doesn’t Know #2)

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.

Literary Awards: ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2008), Wyoming Soaring Eagle Nominee (2013)

Book 1: What My Mother Doesn’t Know review


I am swept away again. 🙂 Sonya Sones, how do you that?!

This time, it’s about Robin. And I adore this boy!

What happens next when you finally get the girl of your dreams? Robin is clueless. But as he navigate his way through Sophie’s heart, he realized that she might be suffering socially from their relationship. Sounds absurd, right? But where Robin is coming from, it sounds very legit, and very scary.

I think I enjoyed Robin’s POV a little bit more than Sophie’s (from What My Mother Doesn’t Know). I found his thoughts spot-on with his feelings: raw, in awe, in love! The verse here in What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is more honest, more romantic, and sometimes more painful.

The swoon you will get from Robin and Sophie will come from reading between the beautiful lines of Sonya Sones‘s writing =) The rush of falling in love is here, together with the classic mistake one makes when you have the everything you want.

I think I’m going to buy my own copies of this series, because these books are worth a reread. 😀



Paperback, 320 pages

Published December 16th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

4/5 stars

Book Review: What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones


Young Adult > Contemporary

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.

Literary Awards: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2004), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Nominee (2002), Iowa Teen Award (2006), ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2002)


Ah, yes. Thank you for making my 60-minute bus ride home very enjoyable. Simple, and sweet. And sometimes, I just need something simple to read 🙂

I’ve read some contemporary YA, and I think What My Mother Doesn’t Know fully captures why I like reading this genre. It is because a story so simple, so ordinary, and so obviously relatable, can make me smile, and make me feel good.

I love the prose, I love it! Funny and familiar, if I can somehow put only it into two words. The gist is this: Sophie is boy-crazy. And amidst the hits and misses she have with the opposite sex, she ends up liking (and falling in love with) the most unlikely boy. 🙂

I found myself looking back, when I was Sophie’s age. Reading how she clumsy her way through high school (and with boys), I wonder if I was like her back then..? I can only laugh now, for the awkward moments Sophie have with adolescence can sometimes be too real for me. Worth a cringe, if you ask me.

It is safe to say that beautiful words matching a sweet story is a sure recipe for a romantic read? With What My Mother Doesn’t Know, it sure is.

(Tina, I need book 2!)



Paperback, 261 pages

Published February 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

4/5 stars