Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What My Mother Doesn't Know

In the beginning of this book, Sophie was “in love” with a boy named Lou. When Lou broke up with her on the last day of eighth grade she was really upset. Then on the way home from a party Sophie met Dylan. Sophie really liked Dylan so they started to date. Then they kissed, a lot, which I didn’t enjoy very much. Sophie and Dylan went out on lots of dates, and then they didn’t really like each other very much anymore. When Grace started telling Sophie and Rachel about her new boyfriend, Sophie then realized how that she didn’t even really like Dylan. So she broke up with him the next chance that she had. Then Sophie went to the Halloween dance, her mother wanted her to buy this very frilly dress, but Sophie had other plans. She wanted to get this slim fitting black sparkly dress; she said that she wanted to look good, not funny. So with her mom she bought the pink dress, but after babysitting for one week, she went back to buy the black one. Sophie’s plan was to wear the pink dress to her best friend Rachel’s house, and when she got there she changed into the black dress. While Sophie was at the party, she danced with this guy that she immediately fell in love with. Unfortunately, she didn’t know who he was because she couldn’t see his face. He was dressed as something with a mask so the only thing that Sophie remembered about him when he left was his forearms. When the last song had played, Sophie left thinking about this person in the mask, she was so caught up in her thoughts, and she forgot to change back into the ugly pink frilly dress! When her mom saw the dress, she went crazy and didn’t speak to Sophie for about a week. Finally, her mother accepted her apology, and they started acting like a family again. Then, since it was the December break, everyone was on vacation. Sophie was board being home alone, and since her parents could never afford to go on vacation Sophie thought that she would act like she was a tourist and see all the sites. When she was at the art museum, she saw the geekiest boy in her whole school, Murphy. He came over and they started talking, then somehow, they were ice skating together on a pond. Sophie couldn’t believe that she did that but she really liked it, so they went out every weekend. Then one day she heard his mom call him Robin, so then she told all of her friends that she was dating Robin, not Murphy. When Sophie’s friends came back, she didn’t tell anyone that she was dating Murphy, she also prevented Rachel and Grace from “meeting Robin”. So when they went back to school, Sophie walked into the lunch room and saw Robin waving at her, then she saw Rachel and Grace waving at her…she had to choose. Then she had an idea, she waved to Rachel and Grace to follow her as she sat a Murphy/Robin’s table. Then, Sophie introduced Grace and Rachel to Robin…they were disgusted. For once, Sophie didn’t worry about what everyone else thought, she liked Robin and that was all that mattered.

The protagonist of this story was Sophie. Sophie didn't really care about her mom or family. Her family was poor and they got into a lot of fights. I think that is why Sophie was so boy crazy, because she had to get away and get her mind off of her family. I do not really agree with the way that Sophie spent her time. I think that she should have been spending more time with her family, it might have brought them closer. I didn't really like Sophie as a person, so if she went to our school, I probably would not be her friend.

Something that I really liked about this book is the way that it is written. I like how they are like poems in a non-poetic form. I also like how this book was all about what kids do and do not tell their parents. I do not like how the author made everyone do all of these things that 9th graders should not be doing. All around I liked this book, even though not everything in it I approved of.

Two reading strategies that I used while reading this book were visualization and I made a connection. I made a connection to the book One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, the thing that I found similar was how they were both written in a poetic style, but they both weren't exactly poems. I visualized Sophie's mother sitting in a bed, eating chocolate kisses and crying with the glow of the TV being the only light source of the entire basement.

The author of this book, Sonya Sones has also written What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, Stop Pretending:What happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, Sixteen:Stories of the Sweet and Bitter Birthday, Necessary Noise, and Love and Sex.

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