August 22, 2013

Double Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl by: Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) by: Daria Snadowsky (2007)
272 pages
Genre: Romance
Source: I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a little raunchy and a lot of fun. I think it did a great job at showing real-life teen experiences.  Dominique doesn't have a bright and shiny romance that comes out of a fairy tale, hers is a much more believable first love story. Nothing is perfect and everything is awkward and there are a lot of embarrassing moments for the main character Dominique. Anatomy of a Boyfriend will bring you many laughs and make you feel awkward at the same time. While this story did a great job at depicting real life I felt that at the same time it was a little too over the top when dealing with some issues. I also love that Dominique's parents are not absent in this story but actually have a presence. I feel like that never happens enough in young adult books. I don't think this was the best well written story but it certainly was entertaining and a quick read. This book is raunchy and freely discusses teen sex. It was a little more sexual than I thought it would be, but I guess I shouldn't have been surprised given the cover. With all that being said, I encourage you to check out Anatomy of a Boyfriend when you have some reading down time if nothing else for a few good laughs. I also just want to point out that the covers of these books will make you back peddle and do a double take. I really like them.


My Rating: 3/5 stars


Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy #2) by: Daria Snadowsky
227 pages
Genre:
Source: I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
** This review contains spoilers of the first book Anatomy of a Boyfriend.

Goodreads Summary: With Judy Blume-like honesty and insight, this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about life after first love--romance, sex, friendship, family, and the ups and downs of life as a single girl.

After everything that happened—my first boyfriend, my first time, my first breakup—jumping back into the dating game seemed like the least healthy thing I could do. It’s not that I didn’t want to fall in love again, since that’s about the best feeling ever. But as a busy college premed still raw from heartbreak, which is the worst feeling ever, I figured I’d lie low for a while. Of course, as soon as I stopped looking for someone, an impossibly amazing—and devastatingly cute—guy came along, and I learned that having a new boyfriend is the quickest way to recover from losing your old one.

The moment we got together, all my preconceptions about romance and sex were turned upside down. I discovered physical and emotional firsts I never knew existed. I learned to let go of my past by living in the present. It was thrilling. It was hot. It was just what the doctor ordered.

But I couldn’t avoid my future forever.

In Daria Snadowsky’s daring follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Dominique explores the relationship between love and lust, and the friendships that see us through.

Review: I enjoyed Anatomy of a Single Girl better than its predecessor  I felt like it was better written and even more fun and unique. This isn't your typical love story but more about how young adults handle themselves after a break up. This story is more adult than the first book, Dominique is older and in college. I do wish Dominique would have grown a little more from the first book, there was some growth though. I was a little disappointed that more of the book didn't take place in college, just over summer break, but it was still a good read.  I loved Dominique's "love" interest in this book way more than the first one. Guy was smart and hot and I just really liked him. I also enjoyed that the book also focuses a lot on friendship between guys and girls and best friends since childhood. I liked to see how the friendship between Dominique and Amy really grew and dealt with the hardships of going to different colleges. Once again I think that Snadowsky did a great job at depicting real life teenage issues. This was another funny and unique read. This can be read as a stand-alone so if the first book didn't really sound as good to you then feel free to pick this one up on its own. 



My Rating: 3.5/5 stars 

8 comments:

  1. Aren't those covers FANTASTIC?! I really dig them. As for me, I actually preferred the first book to the second only because I identified with Dom more in Book #1. What I didn't get was her attraction to Wes. I mean, really? He didn't sound all that special to me. I have to agree that Guy was a much more appealing man-friend.

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    1. I really wish Guy was my friend in real life. lol And those covers are fantastic!!

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  2. These books sounds like a great approach to teen "firsts". I'm glad you liked them and I'd like to give them a try when I my "to-read" list isn't so long. The covers are a ton of fun too!

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    1. I enjoyed the realistic feel the author gave to teen firsts.

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  3. These are books that people seem to adore or feel meh about. I think the covers are hilarious. I like that the teens seemed realistic. Great reviews!

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  4. .. A realistic teenage romance... that has all my attention. I think I might just check this out.
    Great reviews :)

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  5. I've seen these around a lot and the covers always catch my eye. Great reviews!

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