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.From the Hardcover edition.
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I debated what to label Anatomy of a Boyfriend. I'm sure most people would not stick it under the New Adult heading, because of the rather graphic nature of the sex involved and the fact that Dom is in college for roughly the last third of it. Honestly, though, it reads like a young adult novel to me, and it's not like teens wouldn't be having some or all of these experiences. However, I'm mentioning the detailed descriptions of sex up front, so that readers who are not comfortable with that are full informed. Personally, I really like Snadowsky's take on teenage sexual relationships and first love.Dominique, more commonly known as Dom, has always been the studious type to her best friend Amy's boy crazy type. Dom doesn't really understand why Amy is willing to hook up with random guys, but she's also not particularly judgmental about it either. Dom and Amy really care about one another and maintain a strong friendship throughout, even if they're not the focal point of the story.Dom's never really even been strongly interested in someone until she meets Wes. Something about him sets her teenage hormones ablaze, and they quickly strike up a friendship, emailing and IMing. Much to her frustration, though, the relationship doesn't go anywhere. She spends a lot of time talking with Amy on the phone, unpacking the latest messages for deeper meaning.This Snadowsky got just right, as I know I've been there and so have all of my female friends.Once they do strike up a romantic relationship, things accelerate swiftly physically. Both virgins, they move through the bases at a fairly fast clip. What I really love about Snadowsky's take on this is that she doesn't spare them any awkwardness or pain. Unlike most fiction, there's not a simultaneous orgasm to be found within these pages; the sex is not romanticized. The depiction of sex is very realistic and descriptive about most basic sexual behaviors, and while it's perhaps more detailed than some parents might want their teens reading, I think it's much more honest and likely to make a teen think things through than the fade to black scenes that suggest perfection. Plus, Dom is always very careful about using protection, which is a very good message to send, and one often left out of fictional sex scenes. Snadowsky also does an admirable job depicting the emotional arc of their relationship. Unfortunately, I often found the writing awkward, like Snadowsky hasn't quite manage to simulate teen speech patterns. For one thing, their AIM messages are all fully written out in paragraphs with punctuation and capitalization. Every single one. Some teens do write everything out, as I know I tended to, and Wes and Dom are likely to have done that. However, I don't think anyone consistently sent everything in a big paragraph. Generally IMs were no longer than a sentence or two, so that struck me as very strange. Also, at one point, during a breakup, someone says "'I'm going to have to change my status to "single" on MySpace now'" (233). This book was published in 2007, and, by then, it definitely would have been Facebook. That reference might not have been outdated when the book was written, but certainly was by publication, and is laughable now.In part because of the occasionally awkward writing, I never really bonded with Dom. She's smart and all, but the amount of time she spent focused on Wes seemed a bit excessive, though I've never been the most romantic girl, so maybe that's realistic for people who aren't me. The biggest thing that distanced me from Dom was her jealousy...of Wes' dog, Jessica. She thinks some seriously mean thoughts about that dog, and, as an animal lover, I could not deal with that. I mean, they're heat of the moment thoughts, but they kept me from loving Dom. She also was generally overeager about things. The first time she's invited to Wes' house, for example, she asks to see his family photo albums, and they weren't romantically involved at this point. That seemed highly odd to me.Though imperfect, I devoured Anatomy of a Boyfriend, and I really appreciate its frank depiction of sexual exploration and coming of age. I'm very excited to see where Snadowsky goes in the sequel, Anatomy of a Single Girl, which I'm starting next.more
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about Dom, who never really allowed herself to fall victim to love—that is, until she meets Wes at a football game. Immediately things change as they begin e-mailing each other and start up a little relationship. Which causes Dom to grow increasingly curious about trying something else with the handsome stud—sex. What follows is the journey of a girl and a guy experiencing many "firsts" together and seeing where it will take them when the time comes to leave for college.This was a very cute read, that definitely packed a pretty powerful punch in some parts—for me, mostly with the sex scenes. First love, first kiss, first , first time having sex—It's a book of firsts for the main character. I must say that since this novel was told through the POV of Dom, I would have loved to have felt a little more alongside her. Maybe then, I would have felt why Wes was so special and why she felt the need to borderline obsess over him. (Which, is sometimes the case with many high school crushes. We've all had those feelings at one time or another, so in a way, I did end up understanding Dom about a little more than midway through the novel.) I really wanted to be able to understand her feelings and exactly what drew her to him and only him. At the beginning, I had a difficult time accepting she was 17 with the way she was acting. It was a little too middle-school-ish, rather than senior in high-school-ish.I must say the author did a great job writing a very realistic curious and head-over-heels love-almost-instantly teen relationship. Let's face it, in high school, we all had that crush. The one we thought of constantly, and sometimes even fantasized about. The same person you'd hope would one day talk to you or just say your name, and then possibly—if your wishes/dreams came true—would sweep you off your feet. Or have them let you sweep them off their feet. ;DOverall, this makes for a good realistic novel, with some pretty entertaining scenes here and there, that I'm sure will resonate better with other readers. You definitely have to be in the mood for a realistic novel. I'm sure there are tons of other readers who love this book a little more than I did. I'm sure Daria Snadowsky has great projects planned for the future, and I can't wait to see what they are!more
I read a lot of reviews for this book - both good and bad, which is pretty much what intrigued me enough to pick it up and read it. For all intents and purposes, I can see exactly why the reviews are so split in half. I can see why people would really like it, where others wouldn't like it at all.The funny thing about this is that a lot of older (read: not teen) readers comment about the graphic sex in this book and the fact that this is a YA book with the two main characters having sex. Really, all I can say about that is that (1) the title of the book should have warned you right away, and (2) it's about time we stop trying to act like teens don't have sex. They do. Sorry to break it to you if you didn't know, but it just kind of happens.Having said that, I can say that I personally had two things that irked me most about this book. The first being the main character, Dom. I understand that she's a teen experiencing her first love, but I can't say that I relate to her that much. Her whole character just screams desperate and clingy. The only thing I applaud her for is admitting up to these faults, but it still didn't make them any easier for me to digest. I think her mood swings also completely caught me off guard. One minute she'd be really hot with Wes and the next, snap!, suddenly he's the worse person on the face of the earth. She was selfish. She expected Wes to choose her over everything and blamed some bad [even tragic] events in both of their lives for him not completely doting on her 24/7 and them not getting more sexy time together. I wanted to smack her for not at least acknowledging some type of empathy and remorse for that. She also changed major things about herself because she wanted to feel closer to him, then completely changed back when things went awry. Altogether, Dom was a headache for me.The other thing was that the actual love between the two felt a little distorted. What was described in the book was more like fascination and lust instead of real, true love between Dominique and Wes. The friendship felt real. The love? Not so much.Despite those two major things, I did enjoy this read. Even though I couldn't relate to Dom, this did seem like a pretty accurate portrayal of first love for teens. Everything is so dramatic, yet vastly exciting because everything is so new. I don't think that the sex scenes were too bad. It's nothing worse than what I've heard described on TV for teens these days, so it shouldn't be so shocking. The ending of the book was a little unexpected. Really, I expected Dom's best friend's brother to play a bigger role in this book. I think it was because he was so hyped up through Dom's description. But you only see one scene with him that kind of leaves you scratching your head, wondering if you'll ever find out what the heck it was all about. A hint: you don't.This book is rated a shaky 4 from me, though it's more like a solid 3.5. The writing was good and fit this story well. There wasn't too much overkill on description, rather it was more about character interactions and feelings. Overall, this book is worth at least giving a shot.more
This book was, overall, pretty good. It was really funny at times, then it got very engaging and romantic. There were a lot of parts I couldn't stop reading. Other parts were so surprising my jaw actually dropped while reading it. It helped me understand how you need to live life to the fullest, because life goes by fast. One theme of the book was good things can go away as fast as they come to you. It was a fast read, but I'm glad I read it.more
Rating: CI bought this book at the 1/2 Price bookstore because on the day after Thanksgiving I got a $5 coupon and it was the only thing in the store that I could find (while fighting with the other 1 million people who were in the store) that seemed to be any good in the YA section. [I've been doing the YA reading thing to work more on getting the "voice" of teenagers for my writing so it doesn't come across as a 30-year-old talking like a teenager.] Anyway, the idea of this book was cute, but the anatomy thing got to be a little old in my opinion--she kept describing things in graphic detail (I did this, I touched that, it moved like this, it looked like that) and it lost some of the emotion that a lot of good YA romances have because of the technical nature of the book.more
The book has a very frank tone and Snadowsky doesn't leave anything out. I felt just like I was reading Dominique's diary and more than once I felt like I was reading about my own first relationship.Dom's experience felt really real to me. After she falls in love with Wes, her life starts to center around him. Her friends and family all start to take a backseat, which is especially problematic once Dom and Wes leave Florida to go to different colleges. I have to say that I didn't always believe Dom's voice... especially in the IM conversations with her best friend and Wes, it didn't sound natural to me. But that's a small problem and I found the plot very believable.more
Dominique is a slightly geeky red-head with a math teacher mom and a police chief dad. Finishing up her senior year of high school, and planning to become a doctor, she is unprepared for the depth of her feelings for Wes, a friend of a friend she literally bums into at a track meet. The two start a relationship slowly, through IM's and e-mails. As both are inexperienced, both have a difficult time initiating a relationship, much to the dismay of Dom's best friend Amy, who "hooks up" frequently and with abandon. However, once Dom and Wes get over their initial shyness, the two get physical quickly, enthusiastically and clumsily exploring each others bodies, culminating in sex on prom night. After a fairly ecstatic fall, the two go to different colleges, their relationship changes and Wes breaks up with Dom over I.M. This book, for being so graphic, is really, really dull. The agonizingly slow build between Wes and Dom jumps straight into intensely physical descriptions of their relationship. Dom, other than being a redhead who likes science, has no personality traits other than "wanting to be with Wes/Missing Wes". Wes has even less zip than that. I gave this book 130 pages, waiting for it to get better, then gave up. The kicky cover illustration and frank sexuality on display here will get this book an audience, but I don't recommend it.more
This book shows how a relationship can turn sour and I think that, for a mature teenager, this is a good book.more
I planned on not liking this book because the author gives one of the characters a basement in South Florida. There are no basements in Southern Florida. Go down 6 feet and you'll hit water.But as I read on I have to admit that I began to like the book. The character of Dominique is smart, pretty, and has a good head on her shoulders (even though she sort of loses it for a while toward the end of the book). Dom is a serious doctor wannabe who plays timed Operation by Hasbro to work on her fine moterskills. She has never had a boyfriend nor has she ever masturbated...much to the burning chagrin of her best friend, Amy (who wants to remain a "technical virgin" until she married) who has had numerous "hook ups" and knows her way around her own body.Dom meets shy, track star Wes at a football game when she falls sprinting to a Port-a-Potti. After a few emails and some IMing they fall in love. Our girl Dom looses her heart, her virginity, but not her head in this teen romance.more
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