What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

by Sonya Sones


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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 way you might think.

Don't get me wrong -- my girlfriend's amazing.
But the way things have been going lately,
I'm starting to believe that the only thing worse
than not getting what you want,

is getting it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689876035
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 12/16/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sonya Sones has written five YA novels-in-verse: To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story), Stop Pretending, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Her books have received many honors, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the American Library Association’s list of the Top 100 Most Banned Books of the Decade (to see why, see p.46). She lives near the beach in southern California, and only tells the occasional fib. Visit her at SonyaSones.com or follow @SonyaSones on Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

Piece of Advice from Me to Me

Better brace yourself,

Because you
are about to be dumped.

Big time.

But It'll All Be Over in a Minute

be over
and done with.
Sophie's just standing there
staring at me
from across the cafeteria.

Look at her.
Have you ever seen anyone so beautiful
in your life?

How could a girl like her
ever have wanted
to be with a guy like me?
Even just for two weeks?

Grace is waving her over.
Rachel's calling her.
"Fifi. Hey, Fee, we're over here!"

But I'm calling her, too.
Calling her with my eyes.
Come to me, Sophie.

Come to me . . .

Aw, Man

Who am I kidding?
I know exactly
what she's gonna do.

A second from now
she'll yank those killer blue eyes of hers
away from mine

and walk straight over to Rachel and Grace.
Like I'm not even here.
Like the best two weeks of my life




But They Did Happen

With everyone gone for winter break,
Sophie and I were
the only two people on the planet.

It was sort of like we were inside
one of those little snow globes,
you know?

Just the two of us,
completely alone,
chilling under that thick glass dome --

and drawing and dancing
and kissing . . .

And I practically went into shock
when Sophie looked straight into my eyes
and told me she loved me.

Even if I come down
with a severe case of amnesia,
I'll never forget those two weeks.

And I'll Never Forget Those Kisses, Either

making out with Sophie
was a very big deal for me.

I'm not exactly what you'd call
the most experienced guy in the world.

So I'm the least experienced guy
in the world.

So Sophie was the first girl
I ever laid lips on.

But it was definitely
worth waiting
fourteen years for.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so i just have 3 things to say.... 1. Im reading off of my moms nook and i love it. 2. This book is ah-mazing. And 3...i finished it in 1 and a half days. Lol sad right?? I just COULDNT PUT IT DOWN!!!!! Haha im 13 and i have never been able to sit for soo longgg and read a book. I mean seriously, how much more inlove can a girl get???
Raymond Cunningham More than 1 year ago
This book is a diff. Version of What My Mother Doesnt Know which is Robins girlfriend speaking. Both books are incredibly amazing and so touching. Recommended for ages 13+. Its suuuuch a teen flick ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What my Girlfriend Doesn`t Know has become one of my favorite books. Sonya Sones writes in such a creative way that I could not put the book down. At first I did not realize that What my Girlfriend Doesn`t Know was asquel to What My Mother Doesn`t Know. But this book is totally different from because this is told from Robin`s point of view not Sophie`s. It tells all about Robin`s love for Sophie and their fun times together. This novel is so cute and very surprising. Any girl who wants to know how boys think should buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in three hours! I am 12 and would recomend this book for 12-16. I also read one of those hideous books where the mother dies and what my mother doesn't know. But this time sonya sones wrote from a boys perspective. I thought it was well put together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for teens to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is real in so many ways
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read if you read What my mother doesnt know by the same author
Books-Rule_Cats-Do-Too More than 1 year ago
I love Sonya Sones. All of her books are written in the same lyrical style. This book is slightly different from her others though, as it is the first book she wrote from a boys point of view. However, Sones still manages to fill it with a perfect understanding of what a teenage guy goes through. What My Mother Doesn't Know is probably one of my favorite books, and I loved getting to spend more time in Sophie and Robins world. It was a very nice sequel and a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I red the 1st 1 and luved it! Wen i found out thete waz a c-quel, i waz so x-cited!! I finished it in 2 hrs. I waz so heartbroken at times, and sometimes soph made me wanna scream at times at times and i loved murphy's journey and i loved him all through his hole journey, tho some of his actions actions were questionable. Im 12 3/4, and i love the 2 books!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book!
mickychelle More than 1 year ago
I havent read this one yet but i red the first od it was AMAZING!!! Cant wait to read this one
buzzlightyear More than 1 year ago
this book is good. this book was good. this book is veryyyy good(: buzz lightyear is that bomb lke ticktick(:
Elizabeth Torres More than 1 year ago
its like a poerty diary but its a guy telling the story if u just read the sample its ughh well try it yourself
Kaydence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Positives: * I got into these novels written in poetry over the summer and this was pretty good. Even the title of each poem moves the story along. * You get the guys perspective of a relationship that really shouldn't be allowed according to the social structure in high school. * You can see that talent can take up places just like intelligence can. * It's a very fast read because it is full of short poems.Negatives: * I'm not sure you can count this as a particularly happy book. I left feeling kinda blah. I had no real attachment to anything. * It was not the best written book that I read over the summer, so it was a let down. * I felt like I would make fun of the main character also, which is sad because I was never really mean in high school
erendida01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the novel what my giirlfriend doesnt know encompasses a boy that is the school laughing stalk finds a popular girlfriend, in the beginning the protagonist struggles with people hating his girlfriend because she was with him. throughout the middle, he preserves through finding out that people at harvard think he's cool, he gets drunk and almost cheats on his girlfriend. by the end he has learned that he will always have one love.
dr8688 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read 'What My Mother Doesn't Know" and I really enjoyed this author. I thought she did a wonderful job of portraying young girls and their on again off again romances. When I picked this one up I was really surprised to find that it was a continuation of Robin the boyfriend she had ended up with in the last book I read. I was really pleased with this book also. It really shows how clique-ish kids can be in school and really how mean they can be to each other. Even though parents can tell their children to ignore the taunts and name-calling, it can do so much damage to selfesteem to young people. The author did a good job in portraying all the aspects school life in this book and I'll be sure to read more of her writing in the future.
KGraceKR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"What my girlfriend doesn't know" and, any book by Sonya Sones, is the type of poetry book I can actually stand reading. It's not what you'd typically think of as "poetry" with rhyming or anything like that. It reads like a novel, but each page is a separate titled poem that tells the book's story. This book is the companion to Sones' book "What my mother doesn't know" and continues the story of Sophie and Robin - a cool girl and a nerd who are trying to build a relationship despite their differing social statuses. Girls and boys can relate to the characters and the situation they find themselves in.
DF1A_SarahG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really good and a fast read. I really liked the main character and I didn't want to put it down. It was full of twists. It was a sweet little romance too.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel in verse is a great depiction of adolescent romance and it's so neat to see it from a guy's perspective. Sones really gets that need that comes with a first love. That need to be with your significant other and the heartbreak that happens just spending a weekend apart. Just as interesting as the romance is Robin's experience taking a college art class and making some friends.
Shetzke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good teenage romance - told in verse format.
airdna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
High school freshman Robin Murphy is a talented artist, but a social pariah. Pretty and popular Sophie loves him anyway; she's an artist too, and doesn't care what people think. But when their relationship turns Sophie into an object of ridicule and scorn, Robin has a heart-rending decision to make. This is a sweet and touching tale of teenage love from the boy's perspective, succinctly told in verse. Like Jerry Spinelli's latest, Love, Stargirl this also continues the love story started in an earlier book (What My Mother Doesn't Know) but from the other partner's point of view. It's an interesting technique.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to: What my mother doesn't know. This takes off from the guy's point of view. Very touching love story--all about the anguish of young love. Since it is in verse, it is a very quick read...told very compactly.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty average teen book about relationship drama, but written from the boy's perspective which is rare. There were some great funny parts, some non-graphic intimacy scenes, and that was about it. A lot of art and music references. I liked the way the two main characters worked out their problems through comic books.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know. Told from Robin's point of view, it picks up exactly where the first one left off, in the lunchroom. By choosing to date Robin, Sophie's social status plummets, making her an outcast--all of her friends ditch her. Robin can't stand it, but at the same time is amazed he is lucky enough to have her. As they navigate the bottom of the high school social ladder, Robin is also taking art classes at Harvard and making friends outside of school. Touching and humorous, this is my favorite Sones work to date.That said, if What my Mother Doesn't Know is frequently banned (and it is) hooboy, What my Girlfriend Doesn't Know is going straight to the top of every one's list. In keeping with her hyper-honest teen voices, Robin has some very frank thoughts, mainly about his desire to touch Sophie's breasts. This will probably cause some brain hemorrhages amongst the crowd that can't handle What My Mother Doesn't Know. It's too bad, because Robin's views on this aren't only honest, but they're hilarious. (Check out the poem "I Do Not Have a One Track Mind" which is just the words" yeah, right" over and over again in the shape of two breasts.)The best part about this book, and its predecessor, is that Sones manages, in a way very few people since Judy Blume have, to make the pain of teenagerdom both honest, true, and hilariously irreverent.