Format: Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster, New York
With Film Version? I wish..
Number of Times Read: so many times, i lost count! (x
I’m starting to think that the only thing worse
An outcast, Robin experiences the typical stereotype transfer kids get from their schoolmates. He is the butt of all jokes, the guy who made every one laugh but for the wrong reasons. He is the guy whose last name people use as diss, like, "What a Murphy!" When Robin finally gets to date the beautiful and popular Sophie, it comes at a large cost. The idea of them being together is viewed by the school body as some kind of a laugh riot. People starts treating Sophie the way they always treated Robin-- an outcast. He loves being with Sophie but it pains him to see that Sophie loses her two best friends and her reputation, and all because of him. When Robin gets an invitation to audit a college art class because of his drawing skills, he suddenly finds himself 'cool', meets these university students who don't know what a "Murphy' is, and who laughs with him and not at him. Also, he meets this cute girl who really likes him. When one of Sophie's best friends eventually comes around, Robin's and Sophie's relationship reaches a dangerous point. Robin feels abandoned causing him to do something he ought have not done.
Being bullied is one thing. But being the reason why someone gets bullied is the next worst thing that could ever happen especially when that someone is your girlfriend. I admire Robin for having been able to endure the bullying for so long, not fighting back even though he badly wants to, which is a noble thing to do. But I don't know if I have the same patience and self-control Robin has. I swear if someone bullies me, I'll make sure I'll get back to him/her, make sure he/she won't come back to school in one piece!
Whereas Sophie, the whole thing is particularly tough to her since the change of her status is so abrupt. One minute she's at the highest rung of the ladder, the next, she's kicked down at the bottom. The sensible thing to do would have been to stop dating the loser, but she doesn't because she loves Robin. She has this unwavering hope that someday everything will turn out well. She clings to her love like an orchid would to a tree, for sustenance.
Now, maybe you are thinking that this novel is the dramatic underdog type, typical of teen angst. OK it tackles teen angst, but dramatic? No way. This book is so outrageously funny you wouldn't want to read it while riding on the MRT, otherwise people might start thinking you're not right in the head! Maybe it's because of Robin's way of telling his story in the form of puns or metaphors or similes or any other form of figure of speech. Whatever. All I know is that it never failed to make me laugh out loud every time I read it!
I don't like the ending, though I would have to say that it's not a heartbreaking kind of ending. It is good and I wouldn't change it if I could, but, dang, it is bitin! It left me hanging. I love reading the book but I really am hoping for the next sequel to be published soon.
Although the book looks thick, alright IT IS thick, it consumed more blank spaces than ink. The novel is what we call a novel in verse-- the story told on a series of poems. It's a very charming and unique way of writing a novel.
An outrageously funny read, What my Girlfriend Doesn't Know is something you would read while relaxing on a hammock. I just know YOU would read it because I made my friend, who has no patience in reading books, especially thick ones, read it, and he loves it! And he's twenty-three! It is fiction for teens, but aren't we all young at heart?
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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so if you lie, you'll probably be closer to the truth."
"Sometimes I just know things."
"'There's something so great about this,' she whispers.
'About what?' I whisper back.
'About this,' she whispers.
'About this. About being outlaws.
It's just you and me against the world.'"