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What My Mother Doesn't Know

(What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  14,201 ratings  ·  1,571 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.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published February 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published February 1st 2001)
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Kaila it isnt a poem but it is written in verses on everypage and it is an awesome book probaly pg-middle school and the normal reading for this book is the…moreit isnt a poem but it is written in verses on everypage and it is an awesome book probaly pg-middle school and the normal reading for this book is the same as how long it took me to read it -- 3 hours--(less)
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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
Whitney Atkinson
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. ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
I am back in the classroom and that means that I can also dive back into my classroom library. One of my grade 11 students was quite convincing in making sure I gave this author my attention. While in quarantine last spring, I read To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story and Saving Red and this was the last one I had in my book box. Written in verse, Sonya Sones presents us with ninth-grader, Sophie who has lots of drama at home and school. Revisiting the shoes of a teenage g ...more
Mar 01, 2009 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
Jan 05, 2008 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
May 17, 2010 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
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of poetry and novels in verse
Shelves: verse, ya, 2009
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

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
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 s
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2009 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.
Sarah Gonzalez
Oct 19, 2010 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
Aug 18, 2015 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. I really resented reading through the book’s protagonist is poin
Oct 01, 2010 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
Unexpectedly sweet and easy to get through.

I've recently started getting a bit more into poetry and books written in verse and I'm still trying to find a story that really captivates me. Sadly, even with this one, I keep having the same problems. The poems hardly feel like actual poetry, but rather like
written like this,
so it has more pages
and can pass as a book
and not as a short story.
I've read a review for this book that said the actual content of the plot could be put into 50 pages
Claire Hutton
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The main theme to this book was, follow your heart and everything will be okay. This is supported by Sophie,the narrator, who has a boyfriend but knows she doesn't want to be with him.So, she follows her heart and starts to hang out with this nerdy kid who isn't that good looking but she loves him for who he is inside. When she is following her heart by liking this boy she learns how difficult it must be not to have many friends and how she wishes she could help others. I would recommend this bo ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I knew right from the first time Murphey was mentioned how the story was going to play out, I still liked this book. I did wish it would have gone into a bit more depth with Sophia's family situation, but I felt like the book gave a fair insight into the insecurities of teen girls. Many would see themselves in Sophia. For that reason, I liked the book. ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Cindy'qee :D
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: T
Shelves: 2009
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
Annmarie Hernandez
Dec 11, 2015 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
Raylyn Lee
Nov 10, 2014 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. ...more
Emma Thurman
Jan 17, 2009 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. ...more
Juliana Esteban
Oct 17, 2014 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.
Lör K.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a super quick read and it's quite adorable. It's romantic, it's cute and I definitely squealed out loud quite a few times reading it. I'd very gladly read this again; it's almost perfect.
My only qualm is that it is quite short and there isn't much too it. Sophie has some lovely development but I feel like I don't know much about her, nor have I seen her development as a character. We see her as she grows, for sure, but there's something lacking.

Other than that, this was utterly gorgeou
Tena Edlin
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Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I think this ended up on my to-read list after I got recommended a bunch of YA books in a row. The only reason I finished reading this is because it was so quick to read that I figured I may as well keep going even though the plot was super predictable. Would have given two stars if it hadn't ended in such a random place. ...more
Emma O'Brien
Apr 26, 2017 added it
Shelves: poems
This verse novel is one of my absolute favorites. It follows ninth grader Sophie as she navigates her freshman year and personal life. I really love this book as an example of poetry because it is simple free verse that really packs a punch. Verse novels are fundamental in helping students understand the impact of poetry and concise writing methods. This particular book stuck with me because it focuses on Sophie finding herself. This is obviously very appropriate for a concept like identity. How ...more
Ashley Long
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read. I wish it had focused more on Sophie’s relationship with her mother. I felt like those were the really heartfelt moments. I read Saving Red by this author first and I can tell she has really grown as an author.
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SONYA SONES has written seven young adult novels in verse: Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, To Be Perfectly Honest, Saving Red, and The Opposite of Innocent.

Her books have received many awards, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, a L

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