Pabkins’ One Liner: A year in the life of a teenage girl as she discovers love & sex.
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.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is just that! – a girl discovering a boy’s body for the first time. It is a coming of age story where Dominique experiences her first quick spiral into infatuation and love. She meets Wesley and he soon consumes gee while life!Weighing in at 259 pages it gets the story done well and chronicles each stage of a teenager’s love life. This is a book I would pass onto my new adult kid sister who’s only recently turned 19. I consider it one of those books that are best enjoyed by the age range it is actually targeted at. As a 30 something adult I read both adult and young adult fiction as well as a small margin of middle grade fiction. Considering that I read across age ranges I can fairly say that most of what I read can be enjoyed by adults as well. This particular book however I would only feel comfortable recommending to the teens I know.
The teen mentality on internet and personal ad dating in Anatomy of a Boyfriend felt outdated. This seemed like what the mentality might have been like 15 years ago when I was a teen, but I definitely don’t think it’s accurate now because I know so many trends that internet date (yeah they find ways). Now a days teens seem to be just as into net dating as adults are.
Most of the insights into the teen thought processes I felt were pretty accurate I average, but of course all teens/people are different.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend