Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Daria Snadowsky
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.


Reviewed: 2017-12-07
4.25 - 4.5 stars

Initial Impressions: I just loved the realism in this book! In so many ways I felt like I went through the same things Dom did or one of my friends did OR that Dom felt like one of my friends. It was a really enjoyable read and just felt super quick too!

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND is one of the most realistic young adult/new adult novels I’ve read. I’m actually not 100% sure whether I would classify this as young adult (since half of it takes place in high school and deals with normal high school coming-of-age things) or new adult (since half of the book takes place in college and there are many instances of uncensored realistic situations involving sex, and that seems to be a big defining factor of NA). Either way, one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much was that the author didn’t shy away from the sensitive subjects just to keep the book lighter or open to a younger audience.

The thing I loved the most about ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND was that Dominique (or Dom) seemed like just a normal teenage girl and very much what I was like in high school. I hadn’t really dated anyone (nothing serious), I actually liked school (although I was never in Quiz Bowls and the like), and I felt like she was just a normal kid. The conflicts and situations in ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND were just your every day first date/first kiss, friendship, and relationship drama. I kind of loved that there weren’t too many majorly dramatic instances because those little things WERE dramatic in high school for me and those were all the kinds of things I dealt with as a teen. It was almost like a little flashback at times, especially with Dom and Wes’s IM conversations. Oh, girl. I had plenty of AIM conversations with boys I had crushes on in high school. They weren’t pretty because like Dom, I had a hard time holding back what I really wanted to say, even if it was overly emotional or possibly gushing over a relationship too quickly.

Okay, so let’s talk about the uncomfortable part of this review (maybe) where I bring up the sexy details… That actually weren’t that sexy — And I don’t mean that in a bad way! Dom is very unexperienced as far as relationships and sex goes so this book is also part of her exploring her sexuality. Daria Snadowsky doesn’t shy away from chronicling the details which I would imagine would make some people uncomfortable to read, but I just thought it was realistic. It isn’t always pretty and first times are super awkward, but in a way, I think that’s a little comforting to hear. These things don’t always go well and they WILL be awkward for many first times. Luckily for Dom, she has a very experienced best friend Amy who helps her with some guidance and is kind of the story’s anchor in that respect. Dom always has someone to go to for questions or to share stories so I think Amy’s character was important in that respect so Dom wasn’t totally floundering and then things just get even more awkward!

I felt like ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND really just hit it home with the realism and that’s why the book was so good. It was simple, yet entirely epic since these relatable tales of relationships, school, boyfriends, and sex are all epic moments in a teenager/young adult’s life. I really enjoyed reading Dom’s story — like she was a best friend of my own so I immediately picked up ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL after finishing the first book.
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