The Compulsive Reader: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Dominique has got everything pretty well planned out: finish her senior year of high school with good grades, get into the college of her choice, and start a pre-med program. Guys don't really factor into her plan, not because she doesn't want them to (she is an average, warm blooded female after all), but because she's never found the right one.

And then she meets Wes. He's sweet, polite, and funny and seems to be into her. After long weeks of exchanging IMs and emails and just hanging out, their relationship finally starts to get romantic—and physical. Dom and Wes are completely caught up in each other, and soon they find themselves going further than they've ever gone before.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend is arguably this generation's Forever... In her debut novel, Snadowsky doesn't waste any time with euphemisms or by dodging the issue, and instead boldly sweeps readers off their feet as she captures the awkwardness, confusion, joy, heartache, and angst of first love, leaving absolutely nothing out. Rather than come across as inappropriate or too mature, as many adults will surely think, Anatomy of a Boyfriend is surprisingly earnest, painfully honest, and wholly realistic.

Though the astute reader will pick up on the many parallels between Snadowsky's book and Blume's hit Forever..., they serve as a sort of tribute to the groundbreaking author. However, Snadowsky's characters have a more fully realized relationship, and Dom especially details her insecurities and discusses her sex life in a more in depth manner than approached in Forever... Anatomy of a Boyfriend is controversial, but it is also to a certain extent a beacon for girls who are confused and don't know where to get answers to the questions they have, and a source of empathy for many more. It is obvious that Snadowsky's ability to connect with her audience comes naturally, and the utter ease in which she exudes the voice of this generation of teenage girls is sure to be welcome with wide open arms.

Also reccomended: Forever... by Judy Blume and Play Me by Laura Ruby.


Anonymous said...

Great review! I've been wanting to read this for some time now.

Booked Books said...

I've read Anatomy, but I haven't read Judy Blume's Forever. Great review! =D

Khy said...

It's like Forever? Now I must read this book because Forever is ahhh so good.

Also, I read and reviewed another book that's compared to Forever: A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl. Have you read that one? It's insanely good.

The Compulsive Reader said...

khyrinthia: I haven't read it, but I like the title, and it sounds quite interesting. Thanks for the reccomendation!

And Forever... is a classic! Every girl should read Judy Blume's books!

Anonymous said...

A Bad Boy... is written in verse, just so you know. I loved it- a really good book. Tanya Lee Stone (the author) was one of the two first Fresh New Voices of YA last August.

Anyway, my friend Harmony has been telling me I need to read this book. I've been meaning to for SO LONG, but just haven't gotten around to it. Good to know that it's really good! :) Great review!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really do want to read this book. I've heard some good things, been seeing the cover around. I guess i need to add it to my "must get" list. LOL


Alea said...

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is really really good!

I have both Forever.. and Anatomy of a Boyfriend to read, I'll have to see if I can't read them close together.