Sophie inhabits a chaotic, emotional, unstable world in which even her parents are not able to be an anchoring force for her, but her friends are her salvation. In one poem titled “Why I Don’t Mind Being an Only Child,” Sophie recounts adventures she has had with Rachel and Grace, her best friends. They help each other through everything, offering strength and just the right type of comfort and distraction. In a world where many adolescents choose peers who have a negative influence, Sones shines a ray of hope and light on the subject; with good friends, the rocky road that is becoming a teenager can be driven with relative ease and comfort.
Love Versus Lust
Sophie is in several relationships throughout the course of the novel, and by the end she has realized that it is more than just physical attraction that is important in making a relationship happy and fulfilled. Her first boyfriend of the book, Dylan, is someone that she as definitely in lust with; she constantly thinks about his beautiful hair and physique. She quickly realizes, though, that she feels no emotional connection to him, and that makes even his appearance less important to her. In the end, it is the rather physically unattractive Murphy, or Robin, who makes her happiest because he cares about her, treats her with respect, and has a lot in common with her. In a time of life when hormones are changing rapidly, the signals Sophie’s body is sending her are hard to manage and control, but she does so well and makes very mature choices in the end.
Character Over Appearances
It is through the character of Murphy, or Robin, that Sones makes the point that physical appearance does not make people truly beautiful—it is who we are on the inside that really matters. Even though Murphy appears to have nothing to offer on the outside (he is not handsome, he is very shy, and he acts withdrawn at school) those appearances cannot show that he is actually an unusually observant, confident, giving, and sensitive kid....
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