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What My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Editorial Reviews:
Meet Sophie. She sees herself as the too-tall "Mount Everest of teenage girls," who, along with her friends, often suffers from "lackonookie disease." She's dating smoky, sexy Dylan, covertly chatting online with "cybersoul"-mate Chaz, and secretly nursing a crush on sweet, geeky Murphy. Her two best friends are closer to her than sisters, and she "hates hating" her soap opera-addicted mom, wishing "she would show half as much interest in my life as she does in Luke and Laura's." In other words, Sophie is a typical teenage girl. What is not so typical is how author Sonia Sones records all of Sophie's thoughts in a freewheeling verse that is such a naked outpouring of inner longing, most readers will blush in embarrassed recognition of their own remembered or current teenage desires. Sones gently leads both the reader and Sophie towards an understanding of the difference between love and lust as Sophie slowly comes to realize that Dylan's outsides are no match for Murphy's insides. Autobiographical of Sones, perhaps? The author claims it isn't so, and she's probably right. With her frank manner, lusty thoughts, and hidden insecurities, Sophie reflects many teenage girls, past and present. No woman will be able to read this heartfelt verse novel and not find a bit of herself in Sophie's secret, sexy thoughts. Sones's decadent, almost shamefully delicious collection of angst poems is a loving and amazingly accurate tribute to adolescent girlhood. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

Product Details
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; edition (Feb 1, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0689855532
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 153 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 20246

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4What My Mother Doesn't Know, May 17, 2023
What My Mother Doesn't Know is a wonderful book. I think that because I could really relate myself to the book. One of the main characters are Sophie. Sophie is a girl that goes to a party and starts to dance with this guy she named Robin. Robin is this really dorky guy that nobody likes and always bullies. So she tells her frieds about Robin, but she doesnt tell them his name because she doesnt want them to make fun of her. Then she doesnt see him anymore because of her friends. You will have to read the book to figure out if she starts to see him again or not. Also, if her friends ever find out it was Robin.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5READ THIS BOOK!, May 12, 2023
What my Mother Doesn't Know is a story I recommend to all teens that want a good book. Once I started this book, I was so into it I could not put it down until I had finished it. This story was through a perspective of a teenage girl and some girls themselves can relate. This book seemed realistic and I could picture everything in my imagination. The story told about love and friends. It also teaches a great lesson about how the outside could be much different on the inside, and when you hear others say that philosophy, it truly matters. I loved this book and I'm sure you would too.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5What I Do Know!, May 10, 2023

What I do know is that What My Mother Doesn't Know is one of the best books I have ever read. This book is really interesting and I never wanted to put it down! Sophie is a very good character and her stories are awesome. I would always tell myself one more chapter before I went to bed but I would always end up finishing more than one. I am 13 years old and I have read a lot of books and this one is by far my favorite. What My Mother Doesn't Know is astonishing and refers to a lot of teenagers' real lives. In an odd way it helps teens get through adolescence. If I had the time I would read the book all over again! This book keeps you wondering and curious about what is going to happen next. I, personally think that Sophie and Murphy are a good couple and Murphy cares about and loves Sophie. This was a really good book and I hope that everybody goes out and gets the chance to read, even more than once. I am giving this book a maximum of 5 stars!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5I loved this book, May 4, 2023
I didn't think I would like a book like this! But I loved it! It is a good book for teenage girls. It talks about what happened to her during her teen age years. She has guy problems and strange thoughts. This book made me think about what is going on in my life! Not just the drama... But other things to. threw drama and love sophie (the main character)puts her feelings together. I can't wait till the next one comes out

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

4This book was okay, May 4, 2023
This Book was okay i don't like the fact that she told her mother about the stuff that she did. Its called my mother dosen't know , so there fore her mother shouldn't have found out. You should read this book if you are interested in girl's love life


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