Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

July 29, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★★

Pabkins’ One Liner: A year in the life of a teenage girl as she discovers love & sex.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend

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!

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Even Emily Dickinson wrote, “To love is startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – pg 68​
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The teen mentality on internet and personal ad dating in Anatomy of a Boyfriend felt outdated.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.

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I’m glad my parents found each other, but I’m always embarrassed when people ask how they got together. Using personal ads just seems sketchy and desperate. – pg 18
The only annoyance I had in this book was the brand name dropping. Was it really necessary to brand name drop AOL? I don’t know anyone who even uses AOL anymore let alone that instant messenger. So again, I felt this was outdated by about 15-18 years as well.

Most of the insights into the teen thought processes I felt were pretty accurate I average, but of course all teens/people are different.

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I once read in a teen magazine that guys think about sex almost constantly. If that’s true, how come we girls get upstaged by sports and video games? – pg 33
If you are an adult who enjoys contemporary YA books this was a good quick read, but again I would recommend this to actual teens rather than adults, because it was all teen relationships and sexual anxiety.

Favorite quote:

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I wish we were still taught real dances, like the waltz or swing, so we could look coordinated and graceful. Instead, couples just sway back and forth and lurch in an awkward circle as we girls stiffly grip the guys’ shoulders and the guys cup our waists in a display of mutual rigor mortis. Amy calls this the Dance off the Dying Cockroach. – pg 150

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6 Responses to “Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! Agreed! I don’t know anyone that uses AOL anywhere, not even for the free messenger service! It was a cute read, not a usual read for me at all since I rarely ever read contemporary.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      HAHA!! That is exactly what I was thinking – “You’ve Got Mail!” I really think the only people that use AOL anymore is my 60+ year old father!

  1. AimeeKay

    I actually asked my kids if they even knew what AOL messenger was. (they are 14 and 16) Amazingly they did, but they said that only gramma and a few of their friends used it. That it’s easier to just text or message on Facebook.
    I enjoyed this one, but I had issues with the emails. They didn’t sound like the characters at all, way too formal. But I do think you’re right it is a book that will be enjoyed most by readers who are actually in that age range.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yeah I agree the emails didn’t sound spot on like their characters outside of email – but as someone that did a lot of internet dating in my younger years I have experienced that almost no one I met sounded like their email letters. – So I didn’t mind that at all and thought it was pretty spot on.