WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW, by Sonya Sones
Interest Level: Upper Grades
Sophie is a quirky, tenacious, and boy crazy fourteen- year old. This book is a collection of her daily thoughts, written in verse. She waxes philosophical about everything from her gorgeous, popular boyfriend Dylan, to the state of her soap opera addicted mother and businessman father's marriage. She is utterly and completely in love with Dylan, until she starts to realize that, outside of his good looks and incredible kisses, they ultimately have nothing in common. She meets "Chaz" on the Internet, and imagines that she's finally met her prince, leading her to inadvertently end things with Dylan. She's considering meeting Chaz in person, until she finds out he's a bit on the weird side. So, over winter break, feeling abandoned by her two closest girlfriends, she is shocked to find herself falling for Murphy, a decidedly un-cool, unattractive, and very unpopular guy in her art class. As she finds herself falling more in love with Murphy, she is consumed with worries about telling her friends the man of her dreams is the one person whose name they've decided is synonymous with the word "dork."