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What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Claire
Let me start off saying this cover is so completely misleading. It looks like an adult kissing another adult. The women is wearing a fancy looking blouse, hair up in a bun, and the man has a beard. (not typical looking freshman if you ask me, I happen to be a freshman!) Which, the guy in the story has a beard, but it's red/orange, not brown. So all in all, the cover looks like two adults kissing. And NO, the story is not about that. Kissing, yeah it's involved, but that's not what this is about! ...more
Michelle
Feb 27, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Told from the point of view of Robin, this book was every bit as engaging as its predecessor, "What My Mother Doesn't Know." Like 'Mother,' I read this book in one night because I did not want to put it down until I found out what happened.

It's both funny and terribly sad at times, and perfectly captures how difficult adolescence is. Even though Robin and Sophie were happy in their own 'outlaw' world, the reader acutely felt Robin's pain as the outcast of his school. It was a happy moment when h
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Kim
Jan 02, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
Okay, we're back with Sophie and Robin. I admit that I had to re-read What My Mother Doesn't Know and I don't regret it for a single moment. This book is from Robin's point of view and written in the same short poem style and with as much poignancy, maybe even more since you see how tortured it was to be Robin and how cruel high school can be. I think that almost everyone in high school had their own 'Murphy' to remember. I asked my husband and it took him less than a minute to remember his. I ...more
Audrey
Oct 20, 2012 Audrey rated it liked it
I felt like this book kind of ruined the sweet ending that What My Mother Doesn't Know had. It was like "happily ever after until reality smacks you in the face". If you liked the first one, its worth checking this one out but the first one is definitely better.

The writing in this book is nice, I liked these poems and the book was interesting enough and often funny, though not as much as the first in the series. She handled a male narrator pretty well but I just didn't like his personality.

In th
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Valerie
Jan 06, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Valerie by: Kimmy
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book immediately after finishing "What My Mother Doesn't Know" and again, didn't stop until I had finished. Sonya Sones has again captured the emotion and angst of being a teenager in high school - and an outcast, at that.

This book is written from Robin's perspective, and we see his relationship with Sophie (and others) evolve. But we also see Sophie's relationships with her friends deteriorate, as they dump her because of her ties to Robin.

High school can suck. But hang on! Hopefull
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Bryan
Dec 02, 2008 Bryan rated it really liked it
You wont find alot of books like this. What i realy like about this book is that it is from a guys point of view. It is very intresting to read feelings that I've had but never knew how to put it in words. If i remember correctly, the guy in this does something very bad. Like "Stop Pretending" this book is also a collection of poems, COOL!
Claire Ho
This book is basically a guy point of view for "What My Mother Doesn't Know" It's in the voice of Murphy or Robin. The nerdy geeky new guy of Sophie's. Sophie basically dumped the "hottie" for him. Murphy is so lovestruck. He doesn't understand how someone like Sophie could be with him. He is in a dream. Its actually interesting to see a guys point of view though. But in a sense it sort of gets me mad because it seems like all guys are the same. Murphy while being with his girlfriend he's ...more
Siena
Mar 10, 2014 Siena rated it liked it
Okay don't be deceived by the title. It sounds pretty weird. But it's not half bad for a total chick lit book. I first picked it up when I went wandering through the uni high library, looking for a free reading book. This one caught my eye, it's colorful spine sticking out among the drab novels. The book itself is written in a way I've never seen. It's essentially a book of short poems that tell a big story. The title is the first sentence of the poem, and then the poem continues with 5 or 7 ...more
Nomes
This book, I just loved it.

First off, it is a verse novel. And I find most verse novels to be compelling and richly drawn. I read this curled up in bed on a rainy day and flew through the pages. The thing about this book is it gets cooler and cooler as it goes on.

There were parts in it where my heart just ached for Robin and Sophie. I was definitely cheering them on. And, some events in the book filled me up with warmth in the best kind of uplifting way. Other events broke my heart and had me ho
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Poor guy. So many questions running through his mind. This one I found a little, well, a lot, better. And its from Murphy's POV. There's moments that was adorable, like the two communicating with each other through their sketching, drawing. Did it remind anyone of that music video for Bad Day? Anyway, this one also had its share of the angst moments as well. And the ending, I liked because with other books I've read, you have endings that are either too wrapped with a bow, or left at a point ...more
7706chanelle
Nov 01, 2012 7706chanelle rated it it was ok
This book is realistic fiction. I DIDN'T like this book. I guess I was expecting more from Sonya Sones, since I have read all of her other books in verse. This book was a major let down for me. The character Robin wasn't strong at all. Sonya Sones characters aren't usually strong stand outty type of characters but I was finding it pretty hard to remember this characters name. So overall I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend. I would give this book 1 star but I didn't want to be mean so I ...more
Tina
May 17, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

I like reading novels in verse when I feel like I'm reading too slow, like how I have been doing lately. I figured reading this book right after I finish the chunkster that is Jane Eyre would help me cleanse the palate a bit and make me feel better because I read a book a bit faster than how I am currently doing. That's probably just me, though, so don't mind that quirk.

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones is the sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know, anot
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Autumn
Dec 15, 2010 Autumn is currently reading it
What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know
This guy Murphy likes this girl Sophie. But she never new he excised, but one day she starts talking to him and before he knows it there dating. And she doesn’t care who knows. Because most people HATE Murphy and use his name as an insult. So when Sophie’s friends see her and Murphy together they can’t believe what there seeing. So they confront her about it, so she tells them that she likes him and nobody can change that. When finally everyone is talking about he
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Maria
Jan 29, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Tina
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I recommend What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know.

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 tha
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jaesine
Feb 04, 2011 jaesine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book many times. Its about this girl named Sophie is one of the most popular girls. She's beautiful, all the boys want her, including Murphy. And Murphy (Robin) is one of the nerds, the kids no one likes, one of the kids you'd always bully on. Eventually, him and Sophie end up dating. But you'd think everything would change once they began dating, right? Wrong. Everyone tags up on Sophie for dating Murphy, calling her crazy. Her best friend even betrays her, saying she doesn't ...more
Macayliarobinson
Jun 04, 2015 Macayliarobinson rated it it was amazing
What my girlfriend doesn't know is a very interesting book about young romance.This book tells the love story between two 14 year old. There is this boy named Robin who was a complete nobody until he starts dating his girlfriend Sophie.Every one starts looking at Sophie differently when she is dating Murphy.Murphy is his last name but people refer to it as a insult. Before Murphy Sophie was one of the most popular girls in school with an extremely attractive boyfriend but Sophie doesn't care ...more
Brenda Herrera
Oct 28, 2009 Brenda Herrera rated it it was amazing
What my girlfriend doesn't know by Sonya Sones left me thoughtful because the story had no end! but besides that this book is the best book in the world. i cried[seriously:] and laughed my butt off. the climax of this book is great, though i never figured when the climax of the book ended because it had climax almost throughout the whole story! i love how this author writes she is my all time favorite. But i wonder why she didn't put an end to the story? I read this book in one sit. In those two ...more
Tatiana
Oct 13, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2009, ya, verse
"What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know" is a sequel to "What My Mother Doesn't Know." It is told from Robin's POV and tells us what happens to Sophie and Robin after Sophie finds courage to make their relationship official.

This book is just as good as the first one. I think Sones knows what is going on in teenage boys' heads very well. Robin is not a perfect boy we saw through Sophie's eyes in the first book. He has his flaws, he makes awful mistakes, he struggles with his desires, and yet his love f
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Angieforlife
Jan 09, 2016 Angieforlife rated it it was amazing
I finished this book really fast, that how much I enjoyed it! So far I read three books from Sonya Sones, and this was my favorite. If you want to read this book you need to read to read the book before this which is called, What my Mother Doesn't Know. I remember I was so excited to read this book, but my language teacher told me to read the first one first. So don't forget if you want to read this book you should read What my Mother Doesn't Know. If you like romantic and interesting books this ...more
Siarasmith
Ok so first thing first, I really like Sonya Sones as an author. I like her series of this book. The book altogether was amazing. And what topped it off was it being from a males point of view. Most of the books I have read was from a woman's point of view. But this book was very interesting. It moved a little piece of my heart. When I picked it out, I thought it would be ok. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did/do. I read all of them and out of all of them, this was my favorite one ...more
Allison(:
May 08, 2013 Allison(: rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, I would reccommend it to all of my frieds. I like how it goes through the struggles of being a teenager and how Robin has problems in his life with school, friends, bullies, girlfriends, and just everything doesn't always come easy. I liked how it was picking up from the same spot it ended in what my mother doesn't know. I thought it was bad that he cheated on his girlfriend but then in the end he realized that that was the wrong thing to do and he apologized and ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Originally posted at http://addicted2reading.wordpress.com/ as a "Flash Review."

Sonya Sones gives her characters such a true, great voice. I really liked What My Mother Doesn’t Know, but this one was much better. Robin is awkward, so funny, and such a teenage boy! I was seriously giggling the entire time I read this book. Well, maybe not during the “we’re fighting and mad at each other scenes.” Sones really knows how to make her characters come alive, which always impresses me to no end in verse
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Sydney
Mar 18, 2012 Sydney rated it really liked it
This book was about a boy named Robin who falls in love with a girl named Sophie. Sophie is what people called popular and Robin was not quite that. When the two love birds start dating Sophie's friends are so surprised at her that they start ignoring her and act like they don't know her. Robin is an artist and attends a class at a college and finds all these friends who notice him unlike the people at his school. Robin is so happy about that and even finds someone there that is into him. Sophie ...more
Suzanne
Jun 14, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
This was a stylistic book, formatted like verses of poetry, and in starting it, I wasn't sure I was going to gel with the style, but the poetry-style didn't hamper the telling of the story; it added to it, making it a very fast-paced read. I zipped through it in record time!

Though this book is actually the sequel to "What My Mother Doesn't Know" it was my first book by this author, and while there were a few times I wish I'd read the first book, for the most part, this can be enjoyed as a stand
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doug bowman
May 21, 2012 doug bowman rated it really liked it
A clever sequel to "What My Mother Doesn't Know", by Sonya Sones,this book is a highly engaging Young Adult novel and perfect for a classroom library. I teach reluctant readers and this is one of the books I recommend for my 9th graders. Written in free verse form, the book follows Dylan Murphy, an artistic kid with a loser reputation. The book delves into Dylans manueverings through his unpopularity, his relationship with Sophie, an attraction to a college girl, and the tricksy nature of love.. ...more
Irene Carracher Kistler
Dec 23, 2013 Irene Carracher Kistler rated it it was amazing
Chick lit at its best! Every teenage girl should run, not walk, to pick up and read this book. Its glimpse into the teenage male mind is a riot. I laughed out loud. I cried. I cringed. Then, I laughed more. Robin is a refreshing hero who, perhaps, stumbles a bit among love versus lust. There's also a delightfully artistic theme which draws you in to the magical world of Robin and his girlfriend. A great read for 7th grade and above.
Rebecca N. McKinnon
I admit I was expecting this book to be in the same timeline as the first one, but it's not. It picks up where the first book left off. It's still just as riveting of a tale, and I adore how Sones uses verse.
Tiff
Nov 09, 2007 Tiff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: young-adult
What a quick read! I read this in one sitting and I think it only took about an hour. I think it was true to teen emotions and the high school environment, and reading a novel in prose is always fun.
Marie
Sep 19, 2011 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked What My Mother Doesn't Know? I even sort of fell in love with Robin, but after reading this book, I think he's a total Murphy.
Sydney
Mar 05, 2009 Sydney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, verse
I loved this book. I thought it was spot-on with how first loves are. It brought back so many memories of high school and first love that I felt like I was right back in high school.
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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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