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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  11,018 ratings  ·  1,203 reviews
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.
Published (first published February 1st 2001)
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*another rewrite*

I found Sonya Sones in our library on one bored snowy day and I won't lie.. the titles of the books caught my eye. And now I'm lost. I love her writing and her style and her voice and at the same time envy all of that too. I just re-read this book because the sequel came out and I wasn't surprised that I loved it even more the second time around. It's a quick read, no longer than an hour if you're not interrupted. The main character, Sophie is a 14 year old, high school freshman...more
This book is such a good book! It is about this girl named Sophie whose Mom and Dad are totally missing out on her life. She talks about her first love, and second, and third. Sophie is kind of going through an emotional metamorphosis in her life, and she has quite a ride during it. I learned in this book that you dont have to think that someone is who they are by the way that they look, or how they talk or walk or anything like this, and when you really think about it you have more than one fla...more
Jan 05, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Kimmy
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book. For me, it was one of those books that somewhere along the line turns into music in your head and you don't even realize that you're reading anymore.

It's about a girl (a high school freshman) figuring out who she is and what's really important to her. Thinking about how she sees others, and how they see her. Learning about being and staying true to herself, which is probably one of the most important things you can do in high school.

I picked it up today and didn't put it down...more

How do I feel about this story? Hmmmm… let me find the right word… I got it!! BBBBLLLLEEEEHHH!!! Okay, was it meant to be annoying? Mind you I did the audio, so maybe the narrator k!lled it for me, but luckily I give most audios about 2 CDs before I decide to continue or toss it. Since this story WAS only 2 CDs I almost changed my approach and tossed it within the first 15 minutes.

The main character Sophie was probably too young for my taste, both age wise and maturity wise. She's a fif...more
First off, I didn't get to finish this book. But I severley doubt that I would have changed the rating even if somewhere in the last fifty pages the story got any better (or even mildly interesting).

And dont even get me started on the creepy sluttiness of the main character, because I may not stop talking.

Honsetly, I'm kind of insulted that this is what people think a "typical teenager" is like. We are not all stupid and vapid and obsessed by boys. Well... mostly.

I'm sorry if this seems a littl...more
Sep 26, 2009 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of poetry and novels in verse
Shelves: 2009, ya, verse, ala-ya-2002
After reluctantly giving my first novel in verse a try ("Impulse" by Ellen Hopkins) and falling in love with it, I decided to continue exploring the genre.

"What My Mother Doesn't Know" is a novel composed of a series of poems about a life of Sophie, a 15-year old boy-crazed popular girl. Sophie has great friends and a cute boyfriend, she is attractive, artistic and funny, but her relationship with her parents and especially mother is complicated and strained. The novel takes us through Sophie's...more
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I heard about What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones from Angie, but since she wrote about it for Retro Friday, I didn't think it would be easily available here. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this during one of my book hunts. I shouldn't have bought much then, but I'm easily swayed.

What does Sophie's mother doesn't know? A lot, actually, especially the ones about her love life. Sophie is in high school and while she says she's not boy-crazy, she can't stop...more
Apr 15, 2008 Jacki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage gals
Recommended to Jacki by: my friend Kelly
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Oh, how I love Sonya Sones. Curling up with one of her books is just such an awesome way to spend an afternoon. I love verse novels and hers are just so easy to slip into and I think anyone who is an inpsiring writer can learn a lot from reading quality verse novels like this.

The way she uses words to so powerfully and succinctly encapsulate emotions and events is just gorgeous. I adore her characters and the events in the novel and truly feel all those intense and beautiful emotions of being a...more
I love, love, love this book. I read it for the fifth or sixth or seventh time over the weekend, and I fell in love with it all over again. It captures the feelings of first love or rather the process of discovering love perfectly. It also perfectly captures those tense moments of a mother-daughter relationship.

And let the record show that this book has never let me down: I have recommended it to dozens of girls who are non-readers and all of them have read it and loved it. It's just so good.
I first read WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW a few years ago and it was my first Sonya Sones book. It was thanks to Meg Cabot's glowing recommendation that I picked this one up in the first place. I had never heard of Ms. Sones before and I did not, at the time, realize it was a novel in verse. But I had actually recently read (and loved) Lisa Ann Sandell's Song of the Sparrow and so it only seemed a natural thing to continue on to another novel in verse, this time a very contemporary book as oppose...more
Cindy'qee :D
this book is the funniest book i have ever read...itz about this girl named sophie but poeple give her a whole mess of nicknames for her that sHe caNt kEep traCk...she tells about her krazy life where she lifes with her family...she tells about crazy things that only true best friends can do together...once when it was raniing her friends out on a rainroat and took off eberything else...wierd...she tells about her realastionships with her boyfiends that she has had bef0re...she saids th...more
Sarah Snyder
I remember when I first read this book, I was 13 and in the 8th grade. I had bought the book from one of those scholastic book orders. I read What My Mother Doesn't Know in one night and immediately passed it on to one of my friends. My copy made rounds through most of my friends and I never got it back. If that doesn't speak for this book, I don't know what will.

Sophie's story is one that rings truth among us all. I think everyone has a little bit of her inside them - honestly, when I first rea...more
Kalau mau jujur, udah berapa lama ya, gue melihat buku ini terpajang di rak buku teen lit setiap kali gue bolak-balik hunting ke toko buku..
Tapi sampai selama itu, gue ngga pernah tertarik untuk menyentuh, membeli ataupun membaca buku ini.
Buku ini baru gue beli (dan baca) kemarin, pas ada bazaar buku di Citiwalk Sudirman yang dengan segera gue masukkan ke dalam tas belanjaan bertuliskan Gramedia, dengan gaya seorang kalap-shopper
(baca: tukang belanja gila yang pengen lompat-lompat kegirangan...more
Oct 26, 2009 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: T
Shelves: 2009, ya, ala-s-best-books
This was a cute story, though at 200 and some odd pages, I would say that there is maybe 50 pages worth of content in this book; therefore, it is more a short story than anything else. There wasn't much to glean from the narrator other than the fact that she is a boy crazy teenager with a messed up homelife. She is typical in everyway down to the way she treats others and in the way she views the world. I would say that Murphey/Robin is by far the best and most interesting character and I would...more
Emma Thurman
I loved this book. The fact that it was written entirely in poetic form just adds to it's brilliance.
It's not hard to see why What My Mother Doesn't Know falls into slot #8 on the banned books list this year. It talks about divorce (OMG!), kissing (scandalous!), even (GASP!) sex. And what's more, it talks a lot about Sophie keeping these things from her mother. Parents tend to want to keep books like these away from their kids because they don't want them to get the idea that they should be doing things like lying to their parents... or kissing boys for that matter. And don't even get me starte...more
The book I read What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones is an amazing book.The genre is realistic fiction which represents the story that Sonya tells are not true but it could happen.

The main characters are Sophie,Dylan,Murphy,Grace and Rachel.Also mom.The main characters go thew changes and fall in love.Sophie ran into many problems,One of them is Sophie noticed that
Dylan was shorter then her and she felt uncomfortable.So she broke up with him.Ever since the breakup he wouldn't talk to her...more
This was one of the top ten banned books in 2005, and I decided to read it in honor of Banned Book Month. When I finished reading, I couldn't figure out why it was banned. A little internet research told me that it had been banned or challenged because foul language (of which I can't remember any, although I'm pretty inured to that), an inappropriate poem about how the main character's breasts react to cold (girls have nipples—deal with it), masturbation (Not even first person! The main characte...more
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Wow, I just finished reading this interesting book. The events in this story, in a way relates to some of my friends. The name of this book is What My Mother Doesn’t Know by, Sonya Sones. This book gets into the life of a young girl named Sophie. You can say that the book is a novel but in a diary form. it’s a great book but, after reading this book, all teenagers are going to take the time to think about the bad things they do without their parents permission.
Sophie is a averag...more
Jan 29, 2014 Maria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Tina
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I recommend What My Mother Doesn't Know.

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 int...more
Sophie's is a short & sweet story of a pubescent girl trying to find her way as a freshman in high school. I like the transparency and innocence of her voice. Her best friends and crushes and broken family were my world too as I read her diary-like free verse, which has lots of lovely lines in which every moment expands to become huge and often delirious, funny, sad, and/or touching.

The side conflicts (mom & dad and discrimination for being Jewish) I think were a little on the cliché sid...more
Rebecca Weimert
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Taking a spot on ALA’s most challenged books (2000-2009) What My Mother Doesn’t Know follows the life of 14 year old Sophie. Sophie comes from a detached home where her father is constantly working and an emotionally distant mother who stays in the basement to watch soap operas. Sophie first falls in love with Dylan and the relationship is great for a while, but eventually ends. In the midst of Sophie’s battles with her mother she again finds love with an unsusp...more
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Clever, intense, and told in a series of poems, many of which could stand alone, but which tell the story of infatuation, disillusionment and finding a real relationship, all from the POV of a sensitive, funny and warm artistic girl. Somehow these poems reminded me a little bit of Richard Brautigan - those were the days. Especially this one:
"It's so nice
to wake up in the morning
and not have to tell someone you love them
when you don't love them
I don't remember what book it's from, bu...more
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Poem #1: Boy Crazy Sophie

Sophie daydreams about guys all day.
During class, almost every minute of the day.
Dylan, the boy of her dreams,
Finally asks her out.
At first, she it seemed to be
True love, not infatuation.
But then, she gets an odd feeling,
About dating Dylan.
Something doesn't seem right,
The feelings are fading away.
Then, she breaks up with him
To go out with her true love, Murphy.
They have so much in common,
It seems like they were made
For each other.

Poem #2: Teenagers!

Oh, Sophie and her hor...more
Feb 01, 2011 Holly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: Angie
I first heard about WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW by Sonya Sones through Angie. I liked the premise but since I’d never read a novel in verse before I wasn’t sure if it was for me. (And I say I like to try new things…) A few months later when someone happened to have an extra copy, I thought I may as well take it on the off chance that I’d have the desire to read it someday. That someday turned out to be just around the corner when I needed a light, quick, and undemanding read one night. This nove...more
In Sones’ second free-verse novel, we are introduced to 14-year-old Sophie Stein, a Jewish teen who desires love, acceptance from her peers, and attention from her parents. When Dylan, Sophie’s outwardly perfect crush, becomes her boyfriend she forgets all about her “first love.” But she soon discovers that Dylan isn’t perfect, and finds love in an unexpected form—with Murphy, the social pariah from her art class. Though some of the topics are emblematic of teen girl novels, Sophie’s trivial pro...more
Sophie Stein is a freshman in high school who just broken up with her ex-boyfriend Lou. Sophie fell in love with Dylan after sat on his lap on the way home. But after two months, Sophie realized that Dylan is not her "Mr. Right" while she starts to been interested in "Murphy", the bully target in her school. Getting know more about "Murphy", Sophie loves him even more. Will Sophie tell her friends who she is dating with? Will her classmates start bullying her too? i like how the author used shor...more
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I was born in Boston and overprotected in the nearby suburb of Newton. I thought I would be an artist when I grew up. I loved sneaking upstairs to a tiny room in our attic, where I could while away the hours drawing pictures of dinosaurs. The summer I turned seventeen, I fell in love with making animated films (not to mention at least a couple of boys). Soon after, I enrolled in Hampshire College...more
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“Culture Clash

Dylan says
when I meet his mother today
I shouldn't mention
that I'm Jewish.

I say
okay, but can I
tell her about
the HIV postive thing?

He gives me a look.
I give him one back”
“We've turned off all the lights
in the living room
to make hand shadows.

We've got this
big flashlight
aimed at the wall.

I make the silhouette of my hand
into a duck.
Robin makes his into a rabbit.

Now my duck kisses his rabbit
And-POOF!- it turns into
a turkey.

And for some reason
this strikes us
as hysterically funny.

But you probably had to be there.”
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