Synopses & Reviews
My name is Sophie.< p=""> This book is about me.< p=""> It tells< p=""> the heart-stoppingly riveting story< p=""> of my first love.< p=""> And also of my second.< p=""> And, okay, my third love, too.< p=""> It's not that I'm boy crazy.< p=""> It's just that even though< p=""> I'm almost fifteen< p=""> I've been having sort of a hard time< p=""> trying to figure out the difference< p=""> between love and lust.< p=""> It's like< p=""> my mind< p=""> and my body< p=""> and my heart< p=""> just don't seem to be able to agree< p=""> on anything.< p="">
My name is Sophie.
This book is about me.
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
I've been having sort of a hard time
trying to figure out the difference
between love and lust.
and my body
and my heart
just don't seem to be able to agree
Composed entirely of short poems in free verse, What My Mother Doesn't Know captures the ups and downs of Sophie's freshman year of high school and her first real romance. She meets Dylan over Labor Day, and immediately she knows they were meant for each other. But as the infatuation wears off, Sophie realizes that she and Dylan have serious differences. She starts flirting with a stranger on-line and finds herself oddly attracted to Murphy, an outsider in her art class. Eventually she breaks up with Dylan, bucks peer pressure, and finds she has a lot more in common with Murphy than she thought.
Sophie's mother doesn't know about the boy who's pressing Sophie to go further than she wants. Or about the boy she chats with online. These sharp, funny, and tragic poems tell of Sophie's sometimes painful but always passionate journey of self-discovery.
About the Author
Before becoming a writer, Sonya Sones
taught animation, worked as a photographer, and edited movies. Her first book, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy,
was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize and won a Christopher Award, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, and the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award. It was also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Ms. Sones says, "In Stop Pretending, which is autobiographical, there are some poems about my first love. I had such a good time writing about those first feelings of overwhelming passion that I knew I wanted to delve into them more deeply. That's why I wrote this book. These poems are definitely not autobiographical. Especially not the embarrassing ones."
Ms. Sones lives with her family in California. She can be reached at SonyaSones@aol.com.