What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.
ISBN: 9780689876028
0689876025
Call Number: SONES
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Novels in verse.
Boston (Mass.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Young adults -- Fiction.
Artists -- Fiction
Schools -- Fiction
High schools -- Fiction
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
Self-esteem -- Fiction.
Popularity -- Fiction

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FindingJane Apr 01, 2016

Robin Murphy is a true loner, completely without friends of any sort, male or female. Thus, he latches on to his new girlfriend Sophie with a near-desperation that makes you feel for him. To his credit, he’s not some crazed stalker. There’s genuine warmth, tenderness, depth of feeling and mutual interest expressed in his poetry to make you understand that she really is the girl for him.

Robin’s poetry indicates a sensitive soul, a boy who aspires to be a painter, one who adores painting, has a goofy sense of fun and a heart wishing for love. He’s not some emo fool even when he wears his heart on his sleeve.

But the poems also convey his increasing yearning for her, bubbling adolescent male hormones and hidden fears when the friends who originally shunned her for being his girlfriend extend their arms to her once more. The poem reads entirely male and just like what you would expect from a teenager who’s trying to handle the first—and only—girlfriend he’s ever had. It’s bittersweet but funny and filled with the ups and downs of someone wrestling with the age-old problem of young love.

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FaizaAhmadi
Jul 15, 2013

love this book .. easy to read ... interesting and sooo cooll

woopsey861 Jun 23, 2012

This book is a quick read, with its story told in poems. The plot is light and charming and overall it was a fun book to read! Make sure to read the first book, what my mother doesn't know, which is in the point of view of Sophie :)

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cupkakes
Dec 15, 2011

loved this book. not my fav lol cuz perfect chemistry is my all time fav but it was still a good book!! <3

iratom22 Nov 01, 2011

a funny and charming book!

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liz_carolanne Jul 27, 2011

But Sophie and I figure that maybe, if we can just keep laughing it off whenever those jerks do stuff like that, maybe we can keep it from seeping in, keep it from creeping under our skin. Maybe if we can just laugh instead of shattering, we can somehow keep all from mattering.

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