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What my girlfriend doesn't know, Sonya Sones

Label
What my girlfriend doesn't know
Title
What my girlfriend doesn't know
Statement of responsibility
Sonya Sones
Title variation
What my girlfriend does not know
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for "loser," and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard
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Award
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2008
Review
  • Gr 8 Up— This sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know (S & S, 2001) stands completely on its own. Robin's life at Cambridge High School is miserable. The arty outsider's last name becomes the pejorative slang of the school—as in, "Don't be such a Murphy." His lot improves, however, when popular Sophie becomes his girlfriend despite the detriment to her reputation. Better still, the freshman is invited to audit an art class at Harvard. It is his homecoming; for once, he is the comedian rather than the butt of jokes. One of the college freshmen even shows some romantic interest in him. Written as a novel in verse, this title is a fast-paced, page-turning romp that gives authentic voice to male youth even when it is painfully truthful.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL --Leah Krippner (Reviewed June 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 6, p161)
  • Returning with a sequel to the well- received What My Mother Doesn’t Know , Sones delivers another engaging story about young love, this time from the boy’s perspective. This free-verse novel opens with 14-year-old Robin worrying that he will soon be dumped by his girlfriend, Sophie (star of the previous book), who is being ostracized at school for dating “the guy whose last name people use as a diss.” (“Let’s face it./ I’m the type of guy/ who doesn’t even have any buddies/ on my buddy list,” Robin says.) But Sophie is her own person and together they form a plan to rise above the derision by laughing at themselves. Robin is believable and endearing as he struggles to make sense of his devotion to his “amazing girlfriend,” his nascent sexuality and his attraction to Tessa, a girl in his art class at Harvard who is refreshingly unaware that he is the butt of jokes at his high school. When Sophie catches him kissing Tessa, Robin has to do something dramatic to win her back. Concrete poems and comics punctuate the text, adding interest to the form. The author’s fans will be delighted to have a new installment written with the same raw honesty and authentic voice as the original. Final art not seen by PW . Ages 12-up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 25, p55)
  • Six years after What My Mother Doesn't Know sizzled onto the scene, Sones returns to continue the story of teen sweethearts Sophie Stein and Robin Murphy. Her signature free-verse poems give class-loser Robin voice this time, allowing him to describe his feelings as Sophie's public acceptance of him makes her a social pariah; as he explores the physical and emotional roller-coaster of first love; as he remakes himself from outcast to one-of-the-cool-crowd when he audits a Harvard art class—and finds himself attracted to one of that cool crowd. The excruciatingly painful dynamics of the high-school in-crowd receive a thorough treatment, as does Robin's ambivalence with them: He recognizes Sophie's pain at her rejection by formerly close friends, but at the same time, he understands that this very rejection makes her need him all the more. Robin emerges as an appealingly flawed character whose desires—for love, for acceptance, for sex—will be instantly recognized by readers. If this offering lacks some of the intensity of its predecessor, it nevertheless provides both an opportunity to revisit two likable characters and the advantage of a fresh viewpoint. (Fiction/poetry. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
166800
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sones, Sonya
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.5.S66
LC item number
Wha 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Popularity
  • Self-esteem
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • High schools
  • Artists
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Popularity
  • Self-esteem
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Artists
  • Novels in verse
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Artists
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • High schools
  • Popularity
  • Self-esteem
  • Massachusetts
Target audience
adolescent
Label
What my girlfriend doesn't know, Sonya Sones
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Sequel to: What my mother doesn't know
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70122378
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780689876028
Lccn
2006014682
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689876028
System control number
(OCoLC)70122378
Label
What my girlfriend doesn't know, Sonya Sones
Link
Publication
Note
Sequel to: What my mother doesn't know
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70122378
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780689876028
Lccn
2006014682
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689876028
System control number
(OCoLC)70122378

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