Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Posted December 27th, 2013 in book review / 16 comments


Anatomy Series #1

by Daria Snadowsky

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Jan 2007)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (272 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆ (4 stars)

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.

At A Glance
This book is not going to be for everyone but I thought it was a great read. I enjoyed every minute of it.

The Good
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is unlike any book I have ever read. It had the most authentic and realistic outlook on teenage first loves. If you want to reminisce about your teen years, or if you want a heads up on what to expect in your teens, then this is the book for you. It had all the immaturity, awkwardness, and infatuation you see in real teen romances. It never felt like I was reading a book, it felt like I got a peek into Dom’s (Dominique) life.

Dom was a wonderful character. We saw her start out as a girl obsessed with her grades and caring very little for boys. Then she meets Wes and everything changes for her. She finally realizes what all the fuss is about, why girls so easily get obsessed with boys and how it distracts them from their schooling, family, and friends. But Dom can’t help but want to spend every minute with Wes. Dom goes on a journey of self-discovery. She learns about the highs and lows of love and how it can often hurt more than anything. Though Dom seemed to feel every bad and good emotion too deeply, I understood her overdramatic reactions to what was happening around her because I always saw her side of things. I was so in her head while reading this book she felt like a part of me.

Wes had his goods and bads. I liked him in the beginning. He was just as awkward and inexperienced as Dom, so they learned about sex and love together. They made a cute couple. But like any relationship, feelings started to change. Wes is never going to be my favorite person because he ended up doing some very jerky stuff. But I did realize he was just a boy trying to figure himself out. His actions were understandable.

The writing was well done. I love how Daria never held anything back. She wrote about all the nasty and cringe-worthy parts of relationships, sex, and heartbreak. That’s what attracted me most to this book. Daria was free with her words and descriptions, even if it could make the reader uncomfortable. No sugarcoating in this book. It is very in your face with all its sexuality and pain.

The Bad
Nothing too obvious stands out when it comes to the bad category. However, I do think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I were a teenager.

Though I didn’t mind the sad ending, it did leave me a little depressed. But it wasn’t that bad since I had book two to pick up right after.

The Snuggly
There is lots of sex in this book. It’s very awkward, technical, and embarrassing. And I loved every minute of it. For many, it’s going to make you think of your first time and all those awkward moments. I think Daria captured what it’s like to be young and sexual active for the first time very well. The sex and romance felt authentic because it was never perfect. Dom and Wes were cute together but they had their ups and downs like everyone else in the real world.

The sex felt a little too much for a YA audience, but it fit the book and it had to be in there. Just wanted to give a heads up.

Final Thoughts
I am so continuing this series. I actually already read book two and loved it. Like Goodreads shows, some people are going to love Anatomy of a Boyfriend, and some are going to hate it. For me, it was so worth the read. Daria is now on my author radar. Very recommended.

“How is it that mankind can engineer condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs and not be able to invent some sort of emotional safeguard? Is it even possible to abstain from falling in love?”  

“You are all at once the subject, object, predicate, preposition, and period of my thoughts.”  

“Why do people even take photographs, anyway? They’re just reminders of what once was and what you’ll never get back. It’s so masochistic.”-

“I go back to my desk, flip open my cell, and stare at the keypad. I want to hear his voice so badly, to be connected to him, to ask him why and how and what I can do to make it better. But you can‘t force someone to love you.”  

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16 Responses to “Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky”

  1. Mada Sch

    I thought this book would be about a completely different thing, something like a young woman’s ironic comments about her lovers. Then for a moment I thought it would be a book about a boy coming out as homosexual (probably because her name is Dominique which can be easily mistaken for that of a boy). I got it all wrong, haha. Still, it sounds like a sweet story about teenagers. 🙂

    Mada @ All Fantasy Worlds

  2. Stacey Brutger

    I was always curious about this book, too. Great review, but not what I was expecting. I think I might fall into the category of people who might not like it. Good to know.

  3. Elisa

    I was wondering what that cover contained! Huh, not sure if it is for me, but I might have to check it out anyway to see if I have to get it for the younger teens I know in a year or two. lol
    Great review!

  4. Braine TS

    I like eccentric and awkward reads so I think I will enjoy this despite the technical sex scenes. I think the coming of age part of it will be the hook for me.

  5. Book Blather

    Sounds like Judy Blume for the modern teenager, I shall have to keep this series in mind. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! 🙂 (And the sequel.)

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