Published: Delacorte for Young Readers
Source: From author for review
With Judy Blume-like honesty and insight, this sequel toAnatomy of a Boyfriend is about life after first love--romance, sex, friendship, family, and the ups and downs of life as a single girl.
After everything that happened—my first boyfriend, my first time, my first breakup—jumping back into the dating game seemed like the least healthy thing I could do. It’s not that I didn’t want to fall in love again, since that’s about the best feeling ever. But as a busy college premed still raw from heartbreak, which is the worst feeling ever, I figured I’d lie low for a while. Of course, as soon as I stopped looking for someone, an impossibly amazing—and devastatingly cute—guy came along, and I learned that having a new boyfriend is the quickest way to recover from losing your old one.
The moment we got together, all my preconceptions about romance and sex were turned upside down. I discovered physical and emotional firsts I never knew existed. I learned to let go of my past by living in the present. It was thrilling. It was hot. It was just what the doctor ordered.
But I couldn’t avoid my future forever.
In Daria Snadowsky’s daring follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Dominique explores the relationship between love and lust, and the friendships that see us through.
I definitely enjoyed Anatomy of a Single Girl more than its predecessor, Anatomy of a Boyfriend. Again the story is written in first person, present tense. But the emails and dialogues that bothered me in the first book aren’t there in the second. So I think overall it flowed much better with the thoughts coming directly from Dom.
The thing about Anatomy, both books really, is that it is real. They follow a realistic girl. Who, while she is mature, is far from being an adult. You get to watch her learn and grow. Even by the end of the book she is not completely grown up mentally, but she has come a long way. Her reactions to things, like sex and her parents, are typical of every girl. She doesn’t always get it right the first time, but she does learn from her mistakes.
I don’t always like Dom. Some of her reactions make me want to just smack her upside her head. A perfect example of this is how she reacts to her parent’s decision to move. She is really immature about it. I want to drag her out of the book and tell her that she is being selfish. Her parents sacrificed lots of things in their lives to give her a happy, secure childhood. Now that she is in college and starting her life on her own she gets angry because they decide to move and change careers for themselves. Even though in reality it won’t really affect her since she won’t be home as much. But her reaction is typical of young adults, so it makes her feel more real. It doesn’t make me like her more though.
It is a good coming of age novel. Because of how it deals with sex I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger teen crowd. But I think a lot of late teens and younger adults could really relate to Dom and her best friend Amy. I think both books are a great read for the summer. While they have some heavier moments, they also have some light hearted, laugh out loud moments as well.
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