It’s Banned Books Week! That’s right, it’s the week to celebrate those naughty, naughty books that have caused people to gasp in horror at what’s within the pages. I will admit I never paid particular attention to lists of banned books until I saw this list posted by Book Journey quite some time ago and I did a double take. What? The Hunger Games and Twilight were on that list, both books that my teenage son and I had read. Was I leading him down the road of depravity? And why did nothing stand out in either book as something I would not have wanted him to read? I mean, I’m a mother that didn’t let him watch “R” rated movies until he was actually 16!
That’s when I decided to take on some of these other books that made the list! So here is book #7 on that list What My Mother Doesn’t Know.
Sophie is a ninth-grade girl in love for the first time. All those wonderful, thrilling emotions are flying around in her brain. She wants him to call her, she’s afraid for him to meet her parents, his smile across the hallway makes butterflies race in her stomach, and oh (!) that first kiss! He is all she can think about. She can’t concentrate on anything else.
But soon she becomes disenchanted with him. The little things she used to love about him are starting to become annoying. And then…she meets someone else…
What My Mother Doesn’t Know is probably the same things that my mother and your mother and the mother of the girl next door didn’t know. To me this seemed to be a fairly typical first love, raging hormones type of story. I mean who doesn’t remember being totally obsessed with their first love? I know I was (his name was Robbie, he was blond and shy and had a sweet little half smile.) But there was nothing in this book that made me shriek “Whoa! Whoa! This book has got to go!”
Written in a brilliant poetic style, Sonya Sones does a wonderful job of getting inside the mind of a fourteen year old girl and displaying the ramblings of Sophie’s mind, the relationship between her and her two best friends Grace & Rachel, and even the strained relationship with her detached mother. And the final message of acceptance of other people and herself was a courageous road for Sophie to take.
Banned for a brief mention of masturbation (it’s mentioned, never done) and a chapter called Ice Capades (Sophies description of how her breasts react to the cold) this book has been challenged several times. But should it be banned? No. 3/5 stars