Saturday, March 13, 2010

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Book Review #24
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Rating: Four stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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.

I just devoured What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know whole and I have to say I'm more than satisfied. Although it is a sequel, you don't have to read the previous book (What My Mother Doesn't Know) to fall in love. When I discovered there was a sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know, I never expected it to be from a whole different point of view, so I knew I was definitely in for a treat. Reading the book from Robin's point of view was so refreshing and breath taking. It was so nice spending the day inside a teenage boy's mind. Due to the way the book is written (short poems) along with the intense humorous engaging plot, I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down.

Robin is a fourteen year old boy known as the "loser" of the school. When Robin begins dating Sophie, one of the most popular girls of the school, his classmates don't now exactly how to react. Eventually, Sophie's friends give her an ultimatum between them and dating Robin. Eventually, it becomes Robin and Sophie against the whole entire school. Robin starts to get picked on even more and Robin just can't stand making Sophie go through the torture with him. Robin has second thoughts about what he really wants. Sophie and Robin have a touching relationship that suffers through pressures which truly test their love for each other.

Over the course of about an hour, I laughed extremely hard, smiled, shifted uncomfortably in my seat, and came pretty close to tears while reading What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know. Robin's emotions and feelings were so real it was almost scary. He had those genuine raw feelings, worries, and anxieties that most teenage boys have, that are sometimes not shown in other books.

My favorite part of this book was Robin and Sophie's relationship. I wasn't used to reading a book with a couple that had such a strong amazingly powerful relationship. Together they faced the whole school, never giving up, when no one else approved of their relationship. It was refreshing to see two people a stronger connection emotionally than physically (although they had a pretty heated physical connection as well). Robin and Sophie were so adorably cute together.

What My Girlfriend was fast paced, funny, romantic, and touching. It was just as good as the What My Mother Doesn't Know, if not even better. I loved reading about Sophie and Robin's stories! If you like quick, light, and "feel good" books, then you most definitely need to check out What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know.


Dazzling Mage said...

Interesting. I love that you didn't include any spoilers, and that the book description itself is vague. Great review. =)

Maria the Bookworm said...

Maybe I'll read this, although I'm not a big fan of reading books written in poems. It looks good, though :)

Juju at Tales of said...

Nice review :)

Jami said...

Fabulous review Sara! I just added it to my wishlist!

Christina T said...

Fantastic review! This looks like one I'd enjoy. Sonya Sones is a very talented author. I read one of her other books that was written in verse and I really liked it. I will have to add this and the one before it to my TBR list.

Stephanie said...

You make this sound so wonderful! I will be on the lookout for it. :-)

Cleverly Inked said...

Stopping by from Saturday Networking...Great blog..

How do you manage living in KY I visited there once. Not much to do

Jan von Harz said...

What a great review. You are so animated when you talk about the characters. It really makes me want to read the book.

Sarah (Book Reviews from Inside an Igloo) said...

hey Sara!

Great blog!!! Thanks for following mine, I'm following yours now :)

StephTheBookworm said...

Hey! We're Goodreads friends so I though I'd check out your blog. I love it!

I read What My Mother Doesn't Know a couple of years ago and really liked it, so thanks for bringing this sequel to my attention!

Anne said...

You have a new award!

Melissa said...

I love this review, Sara! You have a way with describing these books and breaking them down for us to understand. I think this is a definite TBR for me! :)

Bookventures said...

Great review, this book sounds interesting. I'll suggest it to my book club. Am following your blog.