Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Published: 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Copy provided by: Author
Summary: by Goodreads

In her last semester at a private school in Fort Myers, Florida, seventeen-year-old Dom finds her life transformed by her first boyfriend, Wes, a track star at the public school her best friend attends.

Ms. Snadowsky kindly provided me with copies of both Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Girlfriend years ago and I recently found them on my bookshelf as I was looking for reading material to take on a vacation.  I apologize for not writing a review sooner but it was nice to be able to read them back to back.

So Dom is in her last year of high school and going through the highs and lows of her first love.  And of course sex.  I won't lie. There was a lot of sexuality and language in this title but it definitely touched upon how foreign everything is when we first learn about sex, our bodies and the opposite sex.  Things are not like the movies.  We don't strip down naked and feel really sexy and experienced. There is awkwardness. And more awkwardness.  And experimentation.  Lots of it.  Top this off with being a newbie to relationships and there is a lot to deal with.  I enjoyed this book for it's raw honesty and naivety in relationships and sex but I did feel like Dom could be over the top at times when it came to Wes.  Wes seemed to put less emphasis on their relationship and spread his time and effort more evenly throughout his life  Dom began to get a little obsessive.  It made me wonder, does everyone go through this? I know I did when I was in university.  You start to lose track of who you are and concentrate on the "we" of it all. 

I think this would be a good title for a high school student who is new to relationships and sex.  I'm not sure I would use it for an ISU but there are definite issues to draw from the book.  Relationships between parents and a child/adult, dealing with adult issues, sexual encounters etc.   

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