Thursday, March 29, 2007

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

Sones, Sonya. 2007. What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know.

Robin Murphy's luck has started to change. Ever the school-loser, 'Murphy' is finally getting to see the brighter side of life. Sophie, beautiful and popular though she is, has become his girlfriend over the winter break. He's had two glorious weeks of being by her side. And it looks like the magic may just continue because on their first day back at school...she chooses him over her friends in the crowded cafeteria!

Sophie Takes Hold of My Hands

in front
of everyone--
sending supersonic shockwaves all through me.

And we just sit here,
grinning at each other like Muppets,
knees pressed together under the table,
eyes locked . . .

Until the bell rings.
'Check, please,' I call,
snapping my fingers at an imaginary waiter.
This makes Sophie laugh.

And the sound of that laugh,
and knowing that I'm the one who made it happen,
makes me feel sort of all-powerful,

immortal even.

Then another great opportunity is handed to him. He is chosen to be part of a select group of high school artists to audit a college-level art class taught at Harvard! Suddenly, Robin is transformed. He's no longer 'Murphy'--dork and loser extraordinaire--he's a talented and respected artist. His classmates like him and include him. He's part of something. It feels wonderful to shed his 'outsider' persona each week even if it is only for a few hours. It gives him hope that there is life outside of high school that can be welcoming and inclusive.

Robin's life becomes a balancing act. He feels wonderful when he's alone with Sophie. He feels wonderful when he's in his Harvard class. But he's still got to come back down to earth each day in high school. The kids are treating him--and Sophie--horribly. There are the drawings on the chalkboard. There is the name-calling. There is the writing on the bathroom walls. There is the humiliation of the cafeteria. But Sophie is determined to not let anyone break them up. With her fearless slogan of "Outlaws Rule," they are tackling the school bullies together as a team.

Can Robin and Sophie handle the stress of being outlaws? Will the conflicts bring them closer together or drive them further apart? Can Sophie really adjust to being an outcast? Or will missing her old friends put a wedge in their relationship?

In Sonya Sones sequel to What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, she continues to tell the relationship between Sophie and Murphy. Robin is an honest and vulnerable narrator whose voice resonates with readers.

It will be published in June 2007.


Anonymous said...

Interesting... I think I would like this. Thanks for submitting to the carnival!

Anonymous said...

i love all of sonya sones books. and i think there is more to murphy than meets the eye, so i cant wait. thanks for putting this up.

Anonymous said...

i've read what my mother doesnt know, about a thousand times, and what my girlfriend doesnt know is almost even better!, i love all of the characters, and teenagers, can well, realy connect to the story!

Anonymous said...

i really like wut ma mother doesnt kknow a lot.....the book is really really excited to read wut ma girlfriend doesnt kknow soon.....

Anonymous said...

i've read this book

i'm only 12

and when i saw the cover i thought:"umm.. ok"

but when i read the first page:
"a piece of advice from me to me
better brace yourself,
because you
are about to get dumped
big time"

straight out of the book

i was totally hooked!!!!!

i soo recomend this book

Anonymous said...

I'M SUCH A MURPHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUTLAWS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...and i'm proud of it!!!!

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Anonymous said...

im not sure how this book ended
u should give a lil bit more info :)

Anonymous said...

ok this book was great!..i dont like to read much but i couldnt put this book down:)..and by the way there should totally be a second book to it!!

Anonymous said...

It was a good book i read it in three days i couldint stop i got right hooked by page 50 its something i would read over and over again.
I am telling all who didint read this to sit down and read!!

Anonymous said...

I had first read the book "What My Mother Doesn't Know" and I loved it!
Then today we went to the book store (It's VERY rare for me to even pick up a book an start reading it) and I had saw the book " what my girlfriend doesn't know". I knew right away i wanted it. Two hours and fifteen minutes later I was done with it. This book was so good. I love romance books like this. It's these types of books that make me ACTUALLY want to read. This book is one of the best books i have read! Its a great book for the teenagers. I am 13. I could not put this book down. I am going to read it again!

sarah said...

i have read this book and it is awesome!!!!! both books are captivating and i love them it is a MUST read

sarah said...

i loved it

Anonymous said...

i read this book in 1 day because i couldnt put it down for a second. i laughed hysterically and bawled my eyes out and fell absolutly in love with it. im sure ill be reading it over again. one of the best books ive ever read :) <3