Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Source: ebook provided by the author for review
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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

So, first off, this cover makes me laugh because it's fun and cute. I have to admit that the cover made me super curious. Then I read some reviews from fellow bloggers and it sounded great, so when approached by the author asking to review, I was really excited to dive in. The thing I liked the most about the book was how honest it was. It didn't glorify sex and make things perfect. It let us see the awkwardness of the first kisses, the first times they start to go further, and even off to college. There was no sugar coating or simplifying. It was refreshing to not have the perfect first love situation. There was quite a bit of predictability though, which is okay, but I pretty much knew where things were going.

Dom is very into her medical stuff, and science quiz. She isn't sporty, she's never even really kissed a boy. When she meets Wes, things change. She has thoughts about him that she's surprised she's having. With the help of her BFF Amy, who I adored, she is able to get his email, and from there they begin to talk. She is totally smitten for him to the point where she actually changes for him, and that's something that really bothered me. I really liked her in the beginning for who she was, and then she changes for this guy. She justifies it by making excuses why she does certain things though. She also starts blowing off her best friend, and her family for Wes. I get it that first love is pretty consuming, but I thought that was not very cool of her at all. I started to lose a lot of respect for her as the book went on. In the end I did still like her, but she has a lot of growing up to so and hopefully she will.

Wes was a character that I really liked at first, but quickly became annoyed with him. He was charming, cute, and shy. Once him and Dom start getting more physical he does come out of his shell more, but to me he was a bit disrespectful to her after a little while. He never said hurtful things, or did anything to her, but it was just the way he was about things, and the way he would say things that rubbed me the wrong way. It was obvious that he really did care about her, but by the end I really didn't like him at all.

This book goes about addressing sex in a way that most YA books don't. It is every bit as awkward as things really are. I especially loved how it addressed certain aspects of a girls pleasure. I would have loved a book like this when I was exploring the sexual side of things for the first time. This is not all about sex though. It's really about relationships, not just sexual, but family and friend relationships too. Overall it was quite good and I can't wait to read more from this author.

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Great review, Amy! That cover is really cute and makes the book sound super fun. I'm not sure I would really like Dom's character much. I mean changing yourself for a boy? And blowing off her best friend for him? Yeah, I think I would be really frustrated too.
    At least, the topic is tackled in an honest way though.
    Glad you enjoyed it despite some issues! :)

  2. Nice review! Most books don't address sex they just do it. Glad to hear that there is a book out there that is different.

  3. For me, teens changing for a relationship is pretty common. Not that it's good, but it's just normal for first time or new relationships. And hopefully Dom will eventually realize that it's cool to be herself. I love that this book takes on sexuality. That is so, so important. Thanks for the review, Amy!

  4. I was offered these books too, but had to turn them down since I have too much on my plate. I'm glad you found this to be an enjoyable read, I have to admit that I'm a bit curious. Someday...

  5. That cover cracks me up too! This does sound like a good story. Thanks for sharing. I haven't heard of this one.

  6. Is Amy a part of the BFF Army? I remember on twitter that you'd said you were enjoying the novel, its humorous parts, and particularly Amy's friendship with Dom. It's a shame Dom changes for Wes and that you weren't particularly fond of him or her as the novel progressed, but at least you did enjoy it, its treatment of first love and sex, and the friendships. I need to read and review these novels soon too--good to know you're interested enough to read the second!

  7. The cover is funny and this books sounds very unique!

  8. I got these books from the author too, but I haven't gotten to reading them yet. They sound so good and I need to make room for them soon!

  9. I really do love the cover of this one. It sounds like an interesting read, I'd like to read a non-perfect version of first love, kisses, sex etc. Great review.

  10. Love the cover. I still have my childhood Ken doll in a drawer somewhere.
    I just read the Jessica Darling series and this sounds a little like it…

  11. Oh no, I don't like it when a girl changes who she is for a guy. Not cool! Hmm, Wes doesn't sound too great either. I do like the awkwardness though. Great review!

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  12. That was my issue with this one too: Dom and Wes. I mean, I still really liked the book for its frank look at sex, but I didn't really like either Dom or Wes.

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