22 June 2013

Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) by Daria Snadowsky

Published: 9 January 2007 by Delacorte

Pages: 272 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Source: Author for review

Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

When it comes to Young Adult books focusing on first relationships, I'm always a little wary - they can either be fantastically funny and awkward, or completely unrealistic.  But I'd already heard good things about the Anatomy series, so I was looking forward to finding out just how this book worked for me.

Dom is a pretty average teenage girl, who actually already has her future pretty much decided, but has never had a boyfriend and never been kissed.  I liked Dom right from the beginning - her awkwardness felt real and familiar, and when she meets Wes at a track meet, she falls pretty hard for him.  Although I did question a little WHY Dom and Wes got involved with each other as there's not an obvious attraction, it's also understandable - some girls make it through their teenage years without becoming more than a little bit obsessed with a guy, and some don't.  Dom is one of the ones that doesn't.

Although the interaction between Dom and Wes wasn't perfect, head-over-heels romance, it made the book feel more realistic - and it felt more like they were attracted to the idea of each other, which is how a lot of teenage relationships actually develop.  

What I particularly liked about Anatomy of a Boyfriend is how very realistic it is - there's no romanticising first boyfriends, kisses or sexual encounters - Dom and Wes' first relationships, kisses and sexual encounters are fraught with the awkward, uncertain and sometimes downright hilarious screw ups that pretty much everyone would be familiar with.

Some readers might question the level of obsession that Dom seems to sink to when it comes to Wes, but it's also something that isn't that uncommon.  I thought my first boyfriend was the best thing since sliced bread and ended up with me arguing with his mother in a court room.

Funny, sweet and so very realistic, I enjoyed Anatomy of a Boyfriend enormously - it's a book that I wish I'd read when I was sixteen or seventeen.

4 comments:

  1. So interesting! Does the series continue to focus on Dom? That would be cool.

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    1. Yep! I've already read the second book and it's just as fun as this one!

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  2. I have to completely agree with your assessment on this one, Kat! I liked how authentic and relatable this series was. As an experienced adult, I often found myself cringing and inwardly groaning at many of Dom's choices but it was because I'd been there, done that before. I really wished I would've had this series as a teenager. It's perfect!

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  3. Great review. I am looking forward to this.

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