Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1)

 
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Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1)
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January 09, 2007
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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.

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A Realistic Story on Love, Sex, and Relationships
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Anatomy of a Boyfriend is one of the most honest books I've read out there that deals with the main character's sex life. In addition to being honest, Daria Snadowsky manages to write a story that is painfully realistic when it comes to love, sex, and relationships.

I read this one the first time when it came out in paperback in 2008, so it was interesting to do a reread again now before I went on to read its sequel.

While I wouldn't say Anatomy of a Boyfriend is overly grapic, Daria Snadowsky does not hold back or drop the black curtain when it comes to sex scenes like many books of the genre do. The scenes in the book don't cross the "line". It is one of those books that I think a lot of teens could benefit from - it lays out information from them that they may want. I love the realistic portrayals of relationships not only between Dom and Wesley, but also Amy and her different conquests.

Readers get a pretty real constant stream of consciousness from Dom - we she thinks, you know. I loved that real - again it is another instant where there really is no barrier between the reader and the story. Anatomy of a Boyfriend really is one of those honest, real books that I would recommend for teens to read.
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An Honest Depiction of Teenage Sexual Relationships and First Love
(Updated: March 25, 2013)
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What I Loved:
I'm not sure what to call Anatomy of a Boyfriend. I'm sure most people would not stick it under the New Adult heading, because of the rather graphic nature of the sex involved and the fact that Dom is in college for roughly the last third of it. Honestly, though, it reads like a young adult novel to me, and it's not like teens wouldn't be having some or all of these experiences. However, I'm mentioning the detailed descriptions of sex up front, so that readers who are not comfortable with that are full informed. Personally, I really like Snadowsky's take on teenage sexual relationships and first love.

Dominique, more commonly known as Dom, has always been the studious type to her best friend Amy's boy crazy type. Dom doesn't really understand why Amy is willing to hook up with random guys, but she's also not particularly judgmental about it either. Dom and Amy really care about one another and maintain a strong friendship throughout, even if they're not the focal point of the story.

Dom's never really even been strongly interested in someone until she meets Wes. Something about him sets her teenage hormones ablaze, and they quickly strike up a friendship, emailing and IMing. Much to her frustration, though, the relationship doesn't go anywhere. She spends a lot of time talking with Amy on the phone, unpacking the latest messages for deeper meaning.This Snadowsky got just right, as I know I've been there and so have all of my female friends.

Once they do strike up a romantic relationship, things accelerate swiftly physically. Both virgins, they move through the bases at a fairly fast clip. What I really love about Snadowsky's take on this is that she doesn't spare them any awkwardness or pain. Unlike most fiction, there's not a simultaneous orgasm to be found within these pages; the sex is not romanticized. The depiction of sex is very realistic and descriptive about most basic sexual behaviors, and while it's perhaps more detailed than some parents might want their teens reading, I think it's much more honest and likely to make a teen think things through than the fade to black scenes that suggest perfection. Plus, Dom is always very careful about using protection, which is a very good message to send, and one often left out of fictional sex scenes. Snadowsky also does an admirable job depicting the emotional arc of their relationship.

What Left Me Wanting More:
Unfortunately, I often found the writing awkward, like Snadowsky hasn't quite manage to simulate teen speech patterns. For example, their AIM messages are all fully written out in paragraphs with punctuation and capitalization. Every single one. Some teens do write everything out, as I know I tended to, and Wes and Dom are likely to have done that. However, I don't think anyone consistently sent everything in a big paragraph. Generally IMs were no longer than a sentence or two, so that struck me as very strange. Also, at one point, during a breakup, someone says "'I'm going to have to change my status to "single" on MySpace now'" (233). This book was published in 2007, and, by then, it definitely would have been Facebook. That reference might not have been outdated when the book was written, but certainly was by publication, and is laughable now.

In part because of the occasionally awkward writing, I never really bonded with Dom. She's smart and all, but the amount of time she spent focused on Wes seemed a bit excessive, though I've never been the most romantic girl, so maybe that's realistic for people who aren't me. The biggest thing that distanced me from Dom was her jealousy...of Wes' dog, Jessica. She thinks some seriously mean thoughts about that dog, and, as an animal lover, I could not deal with that. I mean, they're heat of the moment thoughts, but they kept me from loving Dom. She also was generally overeager about things. The first time she's invited to Wes' house, for example, she asks to see his family photo albums, and they weren't romantically involved at this point. That seemed highly odd to me.

The Final Verdict:
Though imperfect, I devoured Anatomy of a Boyfriend, and I really appreciate its frank depiction of sexual exploration and coming of age. I'm very excited to see where Snadowsky goes in the sequel, Anatomy of a Single Girl, which I'm starting next.
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True Love At Its Most Poignant
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Dominique Baylor is a senior in high school who has never had a boyfriend. She has zero experience with boys, but thats never really bothered her. Her best friend Amy has enough hookups for the both of them. Dom has always thought it would be strange to kiss a boy that you had no feelings for. In medical and anatomical terms, Dom knows everything there is to know about boys. Yet shes never had a real relationship with one. For her seventeen years, Dominique has just never met a boy that she was really truly interested in.

Then she met Wesley. Wesley Gershwin. Star track runner at her best friends high school. Its not just his good looks that attract Dominique, but his sweet smile and shy demeanor. She falls for him more quickly than she could ever imagine, and soon they are close friends, emailing each other on a daily basis. But Dom wants so much more. After pining after Wesley for weeks, and imagining him as her boyfriend, she finally gets her wish! The two of them are nearly inseparable, talking on the phone for hours each night and Dom is always counting down the minutes until she can see her sweetheart again.

Dom has never been somebodys girlfriend before, and it gives her this amazing feeling of being loved. Wes and Dom are both each others first loves, and they share so many firsts together. Dom is confident that even though Wesley is going to NYU and shes going to Tulane for college, they will be able to keep a long-distance relationship alive. But the first semester of college is a lot different than she could have expected, and their relationship just isnt the same anymore.

Daria Snadowsky holds nothing back in Anatomy of a Boyfriend. The book is a play by play of Dominique and Wesleys relationship. From their first meeting to their parting words. All girls will be able to relate to Doms feelings about boys, even if they havent suffered a serious heartbreak. I could relate to Doms confusion about whether Wesley liked her or not when they were in their just friends stage. It is clear to see Judy Blumes influence on Snadowsky from the loving way that she handles her characters. Im surprised that this is her first book, because Daria Snadowsky does such an amazing job of portraying Dom, that I felt like her best friend that she confided everything to.
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super fun and edgy
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Some books do a fabulous job of showing what goes on inside of a hormonal teenager’s head. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is very honest and pretty accurate with its portrayal.



Dom is a hormonal mess. She’s been able to resist the lure of boys for most of her time in high school, but then she meets “the one”. Enter Wes. He’s everything that a young Cassanova isn’t. And he’s perfect for Dom.



There is instant chemistry… and a lot of sexual exploration. I mean a lot. They are both horrible niave, so some of the situations they find themselves in are entertaining. Classic teen stupidity.



I have to be pretty honest, however, I was really surprised by the amount of sex in this book. At times, it felt more like a teen Harlequin novel instead of a YA contemporary read. That did not keep me from reading it, however.



Dom is all over the place with her emotions, and I could not help but recognize my younger self in her character. The highs and lows of young (and most) relationships were realistic. The anger and ache that comes from having your heart broken, also believable. Dom is every teenage girl.



After reading the book, I thought about the dedication page. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is devoted to Judy Blume and Dorothy Teenov. That may not seem important at first, but when I started to think about things I realized something. Judy Blume received a lot of crap for some of her stories that discussed sexuality among teens and masturbation. Well, Anatomy of a Boyfriend is part of the new age of teen literature that explores these topics.



I will admit that I did not know who Dorothy Tennov was. So, I looked her up. She was a psychologist that—in simple terms—studied the compulsions behind ‘being in love’. She coined the term “limerence” to describe these feelings of needing to have your romantic feelings reciprocated. This feels pretty accurate for Dom, because a large part of the book deals with her efforts in her first relationship, and whether or not they were returned.



I will also go ahead and mention that I never cared for Wes. I think he had a lot of potential, but he always felt selfish to me. I kept waiting for some plot twist to show that he was taking advantage of Dom, or some other explanation to explain his behavior. When that didn’t occur, it left me a little baffled. I never fully bought the relationship and “love” aspect of Wes and Dom. It felt very rushed.



I would probably not be able to keep these on my classroom shelf due to explicit sex scenes that are on just about every page. I would also have a hard time keeping these out of my students’ hands if they knew I had them. They are so interested in this topic, and many don’t feel comfortable asking about it. They would, however, read a book. This series would definitely be the most requested book from my “secret box” in the closet.
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Anatomy of a Boyfriend
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I've seen this book around quite a bit but for some reason I always found a reason to put it down. So when I got a review request from the author I jumped on the chance immediately and I am so glad I did. This book was funny, adorable and heartbreaking at the same time.

This book isn't just about sex. It's about a bunch of firsts. Like Dominique's first kiss, her first boyfriend, her first love, her first time and even her first heartbreak. Going in I knew there would probably be quite a bit of sex discussed so I prepared myself for that when I accepted the review request. There was quite a bit discussed but it was done in a very tasteful way and it didn't get trashy but managed to work in a way that a lot of books seriously miss.

Daria Snadowsky really managed to capture the feelings that surround these firsts. The magical feeling of your first kiss as well as having your first boyfriend. The heartbreak surround your first breakup was what I found to be most relatable, since I went through a rough breakup during high school. The way this book was written really had you feeling Dominique's emotions and experiencing all of these firsts.

I liked Dominique at times, while at other points she bothered me. She was smart and focused in the beginning, completely knowing what she wanted to do in life. But when she met Wesley it seemed that all of this went out the window and her focus shifted to him entirely, which does happen with a first love but she went to extremes. She got to the point where she wasn't spending time with her family just so she could spend more time with him. She also became rather clingy where in the beginning she was independent. In the end however, I did enjoy her character since she read like a real girl who was dealing with all of these things. Then there was Wesley. He was the adorable shy guy that had no experience and who was completely sweet. I really liked him until the end. He ended up really hurting Dominique and didn't even have the guts to do it to her face.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I think everybody should give this a shot because it truly is a great book that does talk about a lot of things that girls are dealing with in high school. The things that happened in this book are extremely true to life and are pretty realistic.

This copy was received from the author for review purposes and did not effect my opinions in any way. The opinions expressed in this review were mine alone.
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Reader reviewed by Yan

Told in a melancholy mood throughout, The Anatomy of Wings had an almost lyrical tone. It wasnt quite hard to imagine it as a poem, with its short and powerful sentences. Beautifully written to say the least.

The transition of Beths utter demise and total breakdown was well crafted, the clues helping to move along the story. When I first read the novel, nothing made sense; it was too much to handle all at once. But after settling down for a few minutes and recollecting my thoughts, I found myself actually enjoying it somewhat.

What had forced me from giving this a higher grade was the fact that it had too much going on at the same time. It was much too random, too confusing to completely stay focus to the main plot, which to this point Im still not sure what is was. It started out with Beths funeral, then it moved to Jenny losing her singing voice and trying to reclaim it, next came the boys anatomy, which was also random within itself, and finally to the stories behind each member of the community. Stir and repeat. However, I have to admit, some of the stories were captivating and engrossing.

I just have to mention that Beths character developed wonderfully. I just cant seem to explain why&Also, Jenny sounds so much older than she actually is. She's supposedly 10 but sounds to be in the later teens.

Overall: This book I have a feeling was written to be re-read. The first time everything was too disjointed, but I believe that the second read will be much more pleasant. So would I recommend this book? Im not too sure actually. The best I can say is that whenever you have some free time, just try to reach to the two hundredth page. Take small intervals time to time to help you keep interest in this story because it was quite hard to continue reading.


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Reader reviewed by stephanie

Hmm...maybe it's just me but I didn't really like this book. I mean, it was funny and stuff but Wes was really, really annoying. I hate him so much. *SPOILERS* I don't see how she could fall in love with him... He's so wishy-washy and he couldn't bring himself to break up with her face-to-face. He did it ONLINE. That is the definition of a jerk. Right? Totally. Oh, and Dominique? The main character? ...is that her name? I totally forgot. xD But anyway, her. I don't like her either. I can't believe she fell for him. Everyone could've predicted what could've happened and what she did to prove her "love" to him? Tsk tsk, bad girl. She shouldn't have wasted her time on him. At all. However, OMG, everytime I picture Wes, I picture that guy who played Juno's boyfriend. I don't even know why because their outer appearance aren't exactly the same...must be the fact that they are both on the track team. Yea... Oh yea, Dom's friend? Her best friend? She is so weird. Do you remember what she gave Dom for her birthday? A massager for...you-know-what. That was so awkward. If someone gave me that, I would never be able to guess what it was for. >.<
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Reader reviewed by Yan

Summary: 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 seeingand touchingparts 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.

Review: I loved how the relationship developed from the small crush to the almost obsession. It definitely was not a small glimpse as to what some other authors offer but the entire novel devoted to just the relationship. It showcased all the needed aspects of the sacrifices that love needs but also the joys that it can give.

This book shows you how it not only affects you but the others around you as wellyour parents, your best friend, and others that are close to you. The devoted parents, how they ask and respond to the questions that Dominique has. The best friend, a very strong minded character indeed!, who shares her wisdom, though limited, to help Dominique and how she comforts her in the end. And dont forget the bitter grandmother who belittles Dominique constantly who had lost her joy when her husband past away, a wonderful side character that gave a lasting impression to me.

I also quite enjoy the ending to it as well. It gives off a realistic outcomethat first love doesnt always have to work. The separation through college was a nice way to do so, again realistic, as well as the break up, through IM no less!

Heres my issue with the book though. I thought the love for Wes grew a little bit to the obsessive side but now that it has time to sink in, I think that it seems perfectly reasonable as it was her first crush/love/boyfriend. As in many cases first love is an unknown battleground that youre not sure youll survive, giving yourself up to one person can cause a real scare to some especially to young teenagers. But, my main issue has to be the sex in this book. At first I thought okay, thats a relatively used topic in most teen books but then it got a little graphic and I got concerned. About a small portion of the book talked and described about sex so I guess the reader can easily skip this section. Remember though, it can be a bit too graphic for the younger audiences.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice book about first love. At first when I just finished reading it, I wanted to give it away as soon as possible but after the initial shock value, it sinks in. Ill contemplate about this book for a bit longer but for now, its going to stay on my bookshelf.
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good though not really my type of thing
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

The farthest seventeen-year-old Dominique Baylor has gone with a guy is a kiss, and not even the French kind. Her seemingly prudish behavior is a far cry from her best friend Amy, who will do everything by it with any cute guy. But then Dom meets Wes, and everything changes. Shes never felt this way about any guy before; all she can think about is Wes. She finds herself experiencing anatomy first hand instead of through the pages of her favorite book, Grays Anatomy. And for a while, everything is perfect in Wes and Doms little bubble of love. But then it pops and Dom is lost. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a humorous yet honest account of relationships and first love.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend was definitely an interesting novel, though not particularly one Id normally pick up. I appreciate the honest in portraying Doms love/sex life, but sometimes I felt the sex scenes were a little in excess. Reality was by far Snadowskys greatest strength in this book. Dom, Wes, and Amy were all characterized well and always felt authentic, no matter which situations they were in. I definitely loved how the characters were stereotype-free. I think I like this novel better when I look at it from a broader perspective instead of in bits and pieces. Its about discovering love and experimenting, with the embarrassments and insane happiness to go with it. Its told as it is without being dramatized, exaggerated, or romanticized. I felt Anatomy of a Boyfriend to be an accurate portrayal of teens and their firsts.

While Id like to say this book should only be read by teens of a certain age or older, because of the mature scenes, I cant deny that reading Anatomy of a Boyfriend has some value. Overall, I wouldnt really recommend or not recommend this book; Im stuck somewhere in the middle. Fans of Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman may also enjoy this book about relationships and love.

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OK first love book
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Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol

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 seeingand touchingparts 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.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend was more like a textbook version of how your first love can be. It didn't really explore the emotions of a first love but it did explore of what can happen.

The characters were pretty good but you don't really feel for them. Dominique was a decent character and easy to relate to, but I didn't really care about her. Her emotions didn't jump from the page and touch you. And she was too obsessive over Wes.

It didn't really feel like a first love book, probably since it didn't focus on the character's emotions. It was more like a book on how to have sex than a romance book, or a book about first love (at least that's how it felt to me).

The plot was really good and it was well-paced. The ending was predictable and you know how it's going to end when you are 1/4 into the book. Some parts of the book were boring and I had to put the book down several times.

I had mixed reactions over this book. Some of the book was really good and there were a few funny moments, but then the book was boring at times and read like a textbook. I would recommend it, but know that it doesn't explore the emotions of a first love just the physical stuff,and there are a LOT of mature scenes.
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Fun Read!
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

Ive heard this book described as being similar to Judy Blumes Forever. I havent read Forever (although I did pick it up one time at a used bookstore), but if its like Anatomy, or better, then I definitely want to read it. I had originally planned to read both and do a sort of comparison review, but that was back when I had more time. So Im just another reviewer who cant truly comment on any parallels.

It is a more realistic portrayal of a teenage romance than youd find in most YA. Its quick, interesting, and at times, laugh out loud funny. I dont really have much to say by way of traditional review, so Ill just respond to a couple of things Ive seen in other reviewers reviews.

One thing Ive consistently come across is that everyone sees Wes as the bad guy or "douche" as one friend summed him up. I really didnt see any of this douche-y behavior. Sure he seemed a little jerky at times and the way he broke up with Dom was the ultimate douche-tacular display; however, Dom annoyed me more. She was obsessive, clingy, and downright bitchy at times. I have never been in a serious (or semi-serious as this relationship seemed) relationship, but please dont tell me this is normal behavior. While I disliked Wes method of breaking up, I dont blame him. I think that was the strongest thing in the novel for meI understood both sides of the relationship. I didnt blame one more than the other for the eventual demise of their relationship. I think Snadowsky struck this balance perfectly because lets face it, not all break ups are easy to pinpoint the blame on one person.

The second issue that Ive seen in reviews is the graphic sexual content. I seriously thought that these other reviewers were just exaggerating. Come "Part II" though, I was like, "whoa!" I was really surprised at how graphic it was. I dont mind that stuff because I was reading Harlequin at 15/16. For a YA novel though, it was a little shocking. It struck me as bordering Harlequin graphic, only awkward. So if anyone is worried about the graphic sexual scenes, just know that it is more awkward than sensual. Its very realistic and not Hollywoods glamorized version of what sex is.

So to wrap this up, I liked it!
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Must Read For Teens
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Reader reviewed by Hillary

This book was amazing. And isn't the cover awesome? It's totally cute and fits in with the description of Wes well. And I loved what the author did with Wes and Dom's relationship. And I liked how she started a new part after each major event in the story. I really enjoyed reading Dom's story. I'm kinda upset I hadn't bought this earlier. But the book does have a lot of mature content, so I don't know what the younger me would've thought of that. I might have become a nun. My sister will be upset when I tell her she's not allowed to read it, but I think I'll wait until she's in high school. So I wouldn't read it unless you're at least 14 years old. But anyone fourteen and older should go out and buy the paperback when it comes out...even if you already have the hardcover version because it's awesome enough to own two copies.
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When it comes to love, everyone is a potential victim. It doesn't matter how short, tall, smart, dumb, strong, or pretty you are. You can be hit with Cupid's arrow any time without realizing it before it's too late. Dominique Baylor of Anatomy of a Boyfriend had to learn this the hard way, but is there ever an easy way?


Seventeen-year-old Dominique Baylor has always cared more about grades and schoolwork than she did about boys. This is perfectly understandable since she wants to pursue a career as a doctor. Until she met Wesley, a track star from her best friend's high school, Dominique had never had any real experience with boys. Despite her bad first impression with him (involving her falling into mud), they both inevitably fall in love. Together, they learn the complexity of maintaining relationships, especially when it involves sex.

First off, I love the cover as well as the title; the cover is almost as fun as the book itself! It plays with Dominique's aspiration to become a doctor and illustrates the humor of this novel. Another cool thing about the cover is that the arrows connecting the parts of the boyfriend to its corresponding labels remind me of Cupid's arrows. Not to mention, the arrows are red, a color that represents both heart and love. It's amazing how symbolic the cover is by itself.


I also love how modern and fun this novel is. In fact, the characters get to know each other over instant messaging and email. In a world where practically every teenager uses the computer frequently, I thought this was relevant.


This wonderful coming-of-age novel center on Dominique's love life her physical experience with her first love as well as the emotions associated with it. An honest and open novel, Anatomy of a Boyfriend puts love and sex under a sensitive and perceptive light without being critical. Snadowsky captured its positive and negative aspects perfectly; the novel genuinely portrays the confusion, awkwardness, and turmoil of sex. It even covers safe sex. In one of the scenes of the book, Dominique's best friend, Amy, had a pregnancy scare. I found this significant because it illustrates the importance of responsibility. For such a light novel, there were some heavy messages within it.


Though I've read many books written in the first-person perspective, I rarely ever feel as if I'm really in the character's head. Dominique's thoughts and feelings can be very vivid as well as graphic, and I felt like I was intruding on her thoughts sometimes. This realization was rather shocking, but it helped me connect with her. Dominique does come off as angst-y, clingy, and pathetic under a critical eye at times, but she realizes this herself. The characters are so believable, meaningful, and three-dimensional that I began making comparisons with them to some people I know in real life. Dominique is overall a strong character, but she does succumb to the power of love as many would, although you probably would expect better from an intellectual premed student. That's what makes her so complex. She even considers abandoning a scholarship to be able to go to NYU with Wes, but fortunately, she doesn't go through with it.


I honestly can't find any major faults with this novel, though I suppose the graphic scenes could be toned down a notch. Still, this is a top-notch debut novel, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Snadowsky's works.


Keep in mind that this novel is aimed at the older teens. As mentioned throughout the review, the mature content - some explicit sex scenes and language - may be inappropriate for kids and younger teens.
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