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What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

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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.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published February 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published February 1st 2001)
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Kim
*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
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Whitney Atkinson
Jul 10, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it
This book wasn't horrid, I just think it was too immature for me. This narrator is so immature and I didn't really enjoy reading from her POV. The story was easy to follow since it was written in verse, but it just stood kinda "meh" with me. It wasn't bad, just not anything special. Only took me about an hour to read.
Vic
Mar 02, 2009 Vic rated it it was amazing
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
Valerie
Jan 05, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
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
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Arlene
[Audio:]

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
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Mikaela
May 25, 2010 Mikaela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tatiana
Sep 26, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Tina
Jul 10, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

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 sto
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Katie
Sep 26, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
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.
Jacki
Apr 15, 2008 Jacki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage gals
Recommended to Jacki by: my friend Kelly
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Nomes
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
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Sarah Snyder
Oct 23, 2010 Sarah Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angie
Oct 01, 2010 Angie rated it liked it
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
Riana
DNF at page 17. All you need to know is that it's stupid. The end.
Aliee
Aug 27, 2015 Aliee rated it it was ok
Rating: 2
You see, I found this book lying around on the shelf while I was in a thrift shop… Having a close relationship with my mom, the title really caught my eye; What My Mother Doesn’t Know. It had an interesting synopsis that’s easily relatable, the book was in decent condition, and as a plus it only cost me a dollar. I was really looking forward to this read. But once I actually got to picked it up, I honestly did not like it. The I really resented reading through the book’s protagonist is
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Annmarie Hernandez
Dec 12, 2015 Annmarie Hernandez rated it it was amazing
''What my mother doesn't know?'',is a great book and it is ultimately the best girl book ever.It demonstrates how to escape drama you might go through in middle school.I believe this book is for middle school girls and you should be mature to read it.The intended audience is mostly middle school girls but any age above could read it.It is about a girl named Sofie who does not know which boy to date and like about 6 boys like her.Through out the book she faces problems from this issue.Once again ...more
Cindy'qee :D
Jan 20, 2009 Cindy'qee :D rated it it was amazing
summary:
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
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Farah
Oct 11, 2009 Farah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
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 kegiranga
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Heather
Oct 26, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  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
Raylyn Lee
Nov 16, 2014 Raylyn Lee rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I believe that I like it because I was really able to connect with sophia. She felt like her mom didn't understand her, her friends make her choice bad things,and her crush. I mostly connected to this book because of her mom and her dad. I feel as if my mom and dad don't understand me either. I would recommend this book to mature readers. This writing was inspirational because Sophia lady her friends for the guy she likes even if they did approve.
Kalei Ricker
Dec 05, 2014 Kalei Ricker rated it liked it
What my mother doesn't know was a good book. There are lots of detail about her life and the boys the main character Sophie dates. Sophie has trouble finding the right guy for her and ends up dating 3 guys. Her first boyfriend Chaz had broken up with her in the beginning of the book, she then meets Dylan getting a ride home in a crowded car and she had to sit on his lap, eventually they stop talking and Murphy comes into the picture. Sophie is very nervous about being with Murphy because she's a ...more
Quinn
Dec 07, 2015 Quinn rated it really liked it
I honestly just picked this book out randomly, but then i got hooked up in the story line because it was just so hilarious!!! XD XD XD

After getting into the "poetry" book, i had a hard time trying to figure out wether or not it was actually poetry. Yes, it was formatted like poetry should be, but there was only like one "poem" that seemed like it was an actual poem!!!

Throughout the entire book, it just seemed like an ongoing story, but overall it was a great free-verse piece of poetry and i wou
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Brittnee Royer
Feb 03, 2016 Brittnee Royer rated it it was ok
This is an incredibly easy read. I've recently become hooked to reading novels in verse and was excited to check this out. It only took about two hours to read, but still the POV is a little too juvenile for me.

I found out on another Goodreads review that she's a freshman, which made sense to me. Sophie is clearly immature in her thought process and how boy crazy she is. Yet I did enjoy how innocent the romance scenes were.

I also appreciated the partial development of her two female best frien
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Skye Bentley
I recommend this book to kids in junior high or high school. It's about this girl named Sophie who tells about her first few boyfriends and what she does with them. Then, at their Halloween dance at school, a boy with a mask just walks up to her and dances with her. She felt a very strong connection with him and she absolutely had to find out who it was. She obsessed over it for weeks. Then it became Christmas break and both of her best friends go to vacation to some place warm while Sophie stay ...more
Khloe Drahos-8
Jan 09, 2015 Khloe Drahos-8 rated it it was amazing
Though What My Mother Doesn't Know is written in pure poems, Sonya Sones does an excellent job the hardships Sophie endures within her high school time. Sophie first tells us of how she has many nicknames. She then proceeds to tell us how she first meets Dylan, her main love interest throughout the whole story. She also tells us how there is a boy at school that no one seems to like. But, she begins having fantasies about this boy who's name is Murphy. Later on she meets another boy, Chaz, throu ...more
Juliana Esteban
Dec 09, 2014 Juliana Esteban rated it it was amazing
I liked this book it was really interesting kinda weird but it was really good to read if your a girl.
Emma Thurman
Jan 17, 2009 Emma Thurman rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The fact that it was written entirely in poetic form just adds to it's brilliance.
Cassy
Sep 30, 2012 Cassy rated it really liked it
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
Jalisha
Jun 23, 2011 Jalisha rated it it was amazing
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
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Amber
Oct 12, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it
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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“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”
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“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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