Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Jan 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover (227 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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.
At A Glance
Just as great as the first book. Love seeing Dominique come into her own.
Another great awkward and realistic story about lost love, new relationships, and sex. This is not a love story though. This is about Dom learning more about herself and what she wants. Not everything is perfect, not all relationships are made to last. Sometimes you just need to have fun, and Dom does that after realizing being single is kinda fun.
Dom starts out still hurt by her breakup with her first love. When she goes back home from college for the summer, she finds a new relationship she never expected. Dom finds a boy-toy! When Dom meets Guy, she goes into this full force relationship mode. But after talking to Guy and seeing what his life goals are, Dom realizes that even though she knows she won’t end up with Guy long-term, there is no reason for her not to enjoy her time with him. I love this new Dom. It took her time since she still had a lot of those immature ideals in the beginning, but by the end of this book I felt like she was finally embracing her adulthood. She has her life together and she knows what she wants.
Guy seemed perfect at first until you realize Dom and him have very different ideas of what they want in the future. I liked how they were both honest with each other. After some drama, they settled into a good physical relationship. And Guy gave Dom something she had been waiting a long time for. An orgasm! lol. And what a journey it was for that big O. Guy was a good guy overall, even if he wasn’t perfect for Dom.
The story was good, the characters felt realistic, and the pacing worked. I had fun every second of this book. I hope there is another book in the series soon. The ending left so many possibilities for the future.
Again, this book is not going to be for everyone. It often feels like a how-to when it comes to growing up and having safe sex. I liked it, but it may seem too technical and a little “overshare” for most people.
Snadowsky does not hold back on her sex scenes. Even though this feels like a young adult read, the sex feels new adult. I liked how Dom was responsible and practiced safe sex. It may seem awkward for a book to go into such detail on these things but they really are an important part of sex. I feel a lot of people are embarrassed to talk about this stuff and it’s nice to see an author “go there.”
Dom and Guy have an odd relationship with awkward moments but it felt realistic. I like how Snadowsky portrayed not a love story, but an awakening story about sex and short-term relationships.
I will for sure be continuing this series. I am sad to see many people not feeling this book on Goodreads, but I know there are a few out there that will love the rawness in Snadowsky’s stories. I would recommend this book, but I can’t say it will be for everyone.
“I’ve been so caught up with mapping out a picture-perfect “forever” that I’m completely neglecting my present, which I have far more control over anyway.”
“After a breakup there’s a momentary relief that you’re free again. But that’s quickly eclipsed by all the good memories you had together and the realization that there won’t be any more of them.”
“Pain was my tie to a past that a part of me wanted to hold on to. The more I hurt, the more I knew I loved, and that felt like a good thing.”
“I can live without a boy. So why does it feel like I’m going to die?”
“Love is . . . needing to be with this one person. No—it’s more like wanting to need to be with this one person. Last semester my English professor read us this great Robert Frost quotation that went something like, ‘Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”