Friday, October 24, 2008

Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

About the Book: 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 Review: This book is very engaging and well written. It's the story of Dominique and her first love and first sexual experiences. All of this is written with the pitch perfect accuracy of the awkwardness of being a teen and learning about what having a relationship, a first love, first sexual experiences, and then first break-ups are all about. It's extremely edgy and it moves very quickly. I read it during the read-a-thon and it was a great way to start.

Having said that, I need to stress that the sexual scenes are very explicit. That of course, is part of the point of the book but I know many of my readers want to know about that. These are sexually active teens and this book is very much about Dom learning about sex. So please keep that in mind. But the book is about more than sex, it's really about first love. At times, I just cringed as Dominique made choices that felt very much like a the reactions of a teen girl! And I certainly understood those break-up feelings...ugh. A fun quick read.

I would like to thank Daria Snadowsky for sending me a copy of this book to review. You can visit her website here. You can buy your copy of the book here.


Marvin D. Wilson said...

Great topic/subject matter for a book. From the sound of your review, also a well written book. Those first love feelings, the scary thrill of sexual experiences for the first time are so powerful you never quite attain the same level of intensity ever again. And the roller coaster ride of passion and rejection, joy and ouch tied together at the heart and hips. Wow. I'd like to read a book on the same subject written from the guy's point of view as well. Hmmmm ...

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Alexis Jacobs said...

This looks like a very interesting book. One I may just have to check out.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reading in Seattle said...

Great review - the book sounds cute. I happened to marry my high-school sweetheart, so may be able to laugh about some of the book with him!

:) Wendi

Dawn said...

This sounds like a fun book. Like you said, perfect for you during the readathon.

Thanks for the heads up about it being explicit ... I'll have to make sure I don't see it in my daughter's book pile :)

nbbaker1102 said...

I read this one, too and thought the author did a great job capturing the teen angst. I do agree it was very explicit and I would hold off for older teens for this one.

Anna said...

Great review! I like it when authors do a good job making their characters believable. I keep this book in mind.

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