Titles: Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) & Anatomy of a Single Girl (#2)
Author: Daria Snadowsky
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: January 9th 2007 & January 8th 2013
Anatomy of a Boyfriends Goodreads 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 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.
Anatomy of a Single Girl Goodreads Summary: 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.
And then came the fall.
When Daria contacted me about Anatomy of a Single Girl I could not wait to dig in. Although she assured me that it could be read as a standalone I still wanted to read Anatomy of a Boyfriend first so I went out and bought it so I would have them both to read. I am so glad I did. After reading both books back to back in the course of two days I can tell you I am definitely a fan of Daria Snadowsky and these books. They were entertaining but best of all they were honest. I could not put them down and truthfully I want more!
I loved how real these books were. Dominique was an average girl going through many firsts in both books and just learning, growing, and navigating through life. Dominique could be over the top and I didn’t love everything about her but I loved her. In Anatomy of a Boyfriend she was just starting to explore having her first boyfriend and all the other firsts that come with that. Both Dominique and Wes are experiencing their first together and Daria writes it all. She doesn’t skirt around the topic. She includes all the awkward moments and feelings in detail. Everyone experiences their firsts differently but Daria makes sure the natural stuff comes natural but also is realistic and showing that people don’t always know what they are doing and it isn’t as perfect and simple as you see in the movie. There is exploration and learning as they go both emotionally and physically.
In Anatomy of a Boyfriend I had the biggest problem with Dominique putting all her energy into pleasing Wes. She wasn’t as concerned about herself or others as she was with him. She let her world revolve around him and although this was realistic of her, I really had my fingers crossed to see Dominique grow more and take control of what she wants. To see her care about her needs as well. Thankfully, in Anatomy of a Single girl Dominique continues to grow, change, and experiences more.
There are no big mysteries, forbidden wants, evil villains, or paranormal entities in these books. Instead, there are real teens, making real choices, and dealing with the good and bad relationships bring. The characters weren’t perfect but they were not severely flawed. They had everyday insecurities. They had many experiences to explore and lessons to learn. You won’t get a fairytale ending here but through it all Daria gives you all the embarrassing, funny, sad, and/or heartfelt details with an ending you can be happy with.