Simon & Schuster BFYR

May 2013

$9.99 US

310p pb

ISBN: 978-1442493841

fp June 2007

sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

Sonya Sones

from the book...

Picking up right where What My Mother Doesn't Know left off, this book tells what happens next from Robin's point of view. He and Sophie fell hard for each other during winter break, but now they're back in school and facing some harsh realities. Sophie's friends ostracize her because she's going out with the biggest loser at Cambridge High, and Robin wonders whether it's all worth it. He enrolls in an art class at Harvard, where nobody knows his high school reputation, and quickly gains new friends, including a freshman named Tessa who might be interested in something more. Robin is forced to weigh his relationship with Sophie against the tantalizing chance for a clean slate.

In her powerfully honest free verse, Sonya Sones delivers a narrative that is emotionally raw, funny, and true-to-life.

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I was really looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. It continues immediately after What My Mother Doesn't Know but this time it is from the perspective of Robin (aka Murphy). He sees the effect he has on Sophie and how her friends quickly move disbelief that she would choose him. Now not only is he a loser but Sophie is also ostracized and all because of him (so he feels). But not everything is bad, as Robin enrolls in an art class with older students at Harvard - a place where no-one knows him and he can be himself. He soon finds friends among the art crowd and even a special one in Tessa. But what of Sophie - I'll say no more but urge you to read the book yourself to find out.

I re-read What My Mother Doesn't Know before reading this book and would recommend you do too if you haven't before or you did so a while ago as the story literally picks up from the last page of What My Mother Doesn't Know. It's another great story from Sonya Sones, told in free verse. Recommended!

Bea, Adelaide, Australia

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