Thursday, 7 February 2013

Responding Book Review 2: What my Mother Doesn't Know

In my peer’s words, Sonya Sones’ books “Always has something that you can learn from.” I agree with this statement, but what about the author’s writing? People can bring out different ideas and morals from the book, but after finishing the book, I learned that this moral applies to most people. “In this book I learned to accept people just the way they are and to not judge people by how they look.” When the reviewer talked about theme she stated the moral, not to judge people by their looks. I agree with this as a moral, but the theme is different. The theme to me would either be “True Love” or “Personality Wins”. I think this because moral and theme are not the same and in most cases I have found that the theme comes out of the moral. I felt in this review there wasn’t a sense of location, her surroundings or setting. The book tells you that Sophie lives in Boston and there are restaurants, skating rinks and many other things in her city. I think it would have given more of a sense of the book if it were included. An idea in the review of What my Mother Doesn’t Know told us that Sophie Stein’s heart, mind and body just aren’t agreeing on anything. I agree with this and the following sentence. The reviewer tells us the book is based on Sophie’s life, but based on the review you don’t feel what Sophie is like. Where does she live? With who? These are some incorporations that could have been made.

Something I really liked about the book, What my Mother Doesn’t Know, is the author immediately captures your attention by using lots of detail. I find none of Sonya’s books start with a ‘Once upon a time’ sentence either. You are meeting Sophie immediately. Personally, I love this author; I have read many of her books and I’m captivated on the first page of every book. This book took me less than two hours to read, even though it is about 300 because of the formatting. After reading a few pages, I found that there were lots of similes. I’ve also noticed that, in a way, each page is a new chapter. The title of the ‘chapter’ is pretty much moving with the book. It’s a sentence. I really enjoy reading the book, but I find myself sometimes getting caught on the layout. The first time I read one of her books I was fine because it would sometimes become a full page, but this one stayed in thin columns throughout the book. Overall, I really thought the book had a good plot and moral. The way Sonya wrote it, you felt like you were almost living the life of Sophie Stein. You knew where she was, what she liked and how she thought. I would recommend this book to young adults/teenagers because of some inappropriate ideas and scenes.


  1. Hi Jenn :)

    Sonya Sones is a great writer. Have you read any other book by her? If you haven't read it already, I recommend "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies," also by Sonya. I loved that one... Who is your favorite writer (if you have one)? Do you have a favorite genre of book? You're book reviews all seem to be a little different, so it's hard to tell.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you, and yes I have read other books by her. I read "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies" and a few others. I don't really have a preference on the genre of book as opposed to the content. If someone recommends a book, I will read it and decide if I like it :)