Synopses & Reviews
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.
Entertainment Weekly Winning.
Kirkus Reviews Starred review A verse experience that will leave readers sighing with recognition and satisfaction.
Publishers Weekly Honest...destined to captivate.
BooklistStarred reviewFast, funny, touching.
Publishers WeeklyHonest...destined to captivate.
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
and my body
and my heart
just don't seem to be able to agree
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
Sonya Sones has written four novels-in-verse: Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, 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 been honored with a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the ALA’s list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books, thrice. She lives near the beach in California. You can visit her at SonyaSones.com.