Anatomy of a Boyfriend: Daria Snadowsky [Book Review]

Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Daria Snadowsky

Book Review

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‘Anatomy of a Boyfriend’ is a quick and enjoyable read. It is a YA contemporary novel that explores first love and relationships. The main character is Dominique who has had little experience with boys and dating. She doesn’t think too much into this until she has an awkward encounter with Wesley, a senior in the local high school. They being chatting over email and IM and quickly form a friendship. As their relationship progresses, Dom finds herself exploring a world of love and sex that is new, exciting and scary for both herself and Wes.

The plot of this book is focused on the relationship between Dom and Wes. It is not a plot full of twists and turns, but it is not meant to be. It is realistic, relatable and engaging. I read it over 2 days, but I would have enjoyed sitting down to read it in one sitting, had time permitted this.

I liked the honest and frank approach ‘Anatomy of a boyfriend’ has towards relationships and sex. The sex was realistic and detailed without being pornographic. Messages of safe sex was were clearly conveyed without it being too obvious. For these reasons, this would be a great book for teenagers to read, but it is still easy to enjoy as an adult (I’m 23).

The author, Daria Snadowsky, has written about her love and influence from the author Judy Blume and dedicated ‘Anatomy of a Boyfriend’ to her. I can see a likeness to Judy Blume’s ‘Forever’. They both cover an important topic in a way that is clear, open and honest. I remember reading ‘Forever’ when I was around the age of 14, I adored the book then and I still have a battered copy of it on my shelves. I like that these books can be held in likeness and I can honestly say that I enjoy both.

The characters in Anatomy of a Boyfriend were easy to like. I particularly liked Dom, and I felt that I could have related to her well back when I was her age. I liked that Dom went through a period of uncertainty about college and her future in relation to her relationship with Wes. Yes, Dom did focus an awful lot of her thoughts and time on Wes and their relationship but, again, I found this to be realistic. I think that almost ‘obsessive’ stage in first relationships is probably quite common. I also liked the friendship between Dom and her best friend Amy. I still have a best friend that I can completely honest and open with in the same way that Dom is with Amy.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed reading ‘Anatomy of a Boyfriend’ and I would definitely recommend it to others. I can’t wait to go on and read the sequel ‘Anatomy of a Single Girl’.

**This book was sent to me for review consideration**

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