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April 7, 2013

Review of Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

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Before this all happened, the closest I’d ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it’s not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.

Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn’t believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I’d only read about in my Gray’s Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.

And then came the fall.

add to goodreadsAnatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1)
by Daria Snadowsky
Publication Date:  January 9, 2007
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Gabby NewAnatomy of a Boyfriend by author Daria Snadowsky is the type of novel that I liked but at the same time got a bit disturbed by. If I put aside the graphic sexual content that is in the novel and focus on the actual plot itself it’s a funny story that I think is suitable for students in high school like myself. If I put all the sex back into my opinion of the novel it goes from being a funny story to being a funny story that made me awkward at times and can teach teenage girls (in high school *emphasis*) lessons on life. I have never read a novel like Anatomy of a Boyfriend.

The novel revolves around the life of main character and high school student Dominique once she meets Wes. Sending a series of emails to each other after Dominique and Wes meet on embarrassing circumstances the two see each other again in person and finally hit it off. Dominique begins to have a crush on Wes and eventually her crush on him grows into love for him, right when Dom thinks that all hope it lost for the two of them Wes reveals that he feels the same way and the two start a relationship. While in a relationship Dom gives into her emotions and hormones while with Wes and the two begin to have a lot of sexual firsts together, with every ‘first’ the two encounter together the stronger Dom’s emotions for Wes become. However things start to get rocky when Wes leaves in the fall and the two are separated for the (kinda) first time ever.

This is a novel that I thought a lot about on a personal level and on a level that reflects the novel itself. So I suppose I’ll start this off by talking about what I think. I think that this is a good novel for high school girls because it does show what guys expect from relationships during the teen years and shows how easy it is for girls to give in to their hormones and all the sweet words that boys will say. Plus the novel is realistic since it’s a fact that as a teenager everybody is thinking about sex, I hear people talking about it everywhere in my high school and I’m sure that it’s the same way everywhere else to some degree. It’s a topic that is just on teenage minds, fact.

However I’m the type of girl that doesn’t believe in almost anything that Dominique did when it came to her relationship with Wes. I found the relationship between the two characters to be more one-sided than anything. I felt bad for Dom because I didn’t agree with the way that Wes treated her or how she would ignore some of the off things about him or her emotions. It’s understandable though, but I just couldn’t really relate to Dom. All the sexual-ness in the novel has me feeling awkward—I’m used to reading novels that subtly hint at sex but I’m not used to reading full blown details. It was awkward to read and I admit that I skimmed over it until I deemed it “safe” to read again.

Like I said before once you put all the sex aside it’s the story of a girl who is blinded by her love for a boy that isn’t that in love with her. I really enjoyed this though because it seemed realistic and a lot of emotions grew on me while reading the novel. The entirety of the novel I went from rolling my eyes at Dom to feeling bad for her when her relationship starts to spiral out of control and goes onto the road to splits-ville. The angry messages that were shared between Dom and Wes were memorable and funny, however there were parts of the ending that I didn’t enjoy and felt awkward about (if you’ve read the novel you can guess the parts).

I would say that this novel is recommended more for the mature YA crowd.

About the Author:

 

 

Daria Snadowsky is the author of the novels “Anatomy of a Boyfriend” and “Anatomy of a Single Girl.” She also contributed the essay “To Sir Anthony, With Love,” to the anthology “Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love.” Visit her at www.daria-snadowsky.com

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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2 Comments

  1. Hmmm, I haven’t seen this one before, not too sure about it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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  2. tina
    2/20/2014

    I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds like a really great book. It’s great to have a book that addresses sex in the right way. Teenagers do have sex. The characters in this sound very realistic and entertaining too. Great review!
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