Author: Daria Snadowsky
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 23rd September 2008
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the author.
I've read some positive reviews of this book, so when the author offered this to me as well as its sequel, I was happy to accept.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is told through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Dominique Baylor, or 'Dom' for short. She was funny, clumsy, honest and hoping to study Pre-med. Her mother was a teacher at her school, and her dad was a police officer - not a good set up for the average teenager, is it? However, Dom wasn't exactly rebellious - or not at the start, anyway - so she didn't mind.
Throughout the book it showed all of the characters going from high school to college. All the changes and emotions that went with that felt natural. Some of my friends are the same age as the characters in this book, so I know that Snadowsky managed to portray a realistic picture of older teenage life.
Dom's best friend Amy was really funny and supportive and generally everything you would expect from a best friend. Even though some of the things she said made me cringe, she was still a refreshingly different character which was great.
The concept as a whole is promising, and I liked that everything was so honest. The book was basically about Dom trying to find a boyfriend, whom she eventually found. And then the rest of the book showed all of the awkwardness and clumsiness of 'firsts'. Some books will try and glamourize all of that, but the book was true to life. It was very open about everything which is almost rare for YA. It was almost too open for my liking and pretty graphic in places but I carried on reading so I could review it for you guys. You're all so lucky to have me! xD
The writing was good and the dialogue was brilliant - witty and humorous. One of my favourite things about this book is that girl back-stabbing wasn't in it. At all. And I loved that because basically nothing got in the way of what my favourite characters wanted to do.
To conclude, there were sweet, sad, cringey, funny moments and more, but I didn't really see a plot there. It was just a group of teenagers going from high school to college and discovering themselves, which wasn't all that enjoyable for me to read. There didn't seem to be any sub-plots and I don't remember being surprised at any given time whilst reading this. The characters were believable and the writing was good enough to keep me reading, so overall I'm going to give Anatomy of a Boyfriend 3/5. I would say it's suitable for girls (it's pretty much guaranteed that boys won't enjoy this) aged 15+. Even though it is a YA book, I'd say most of the content is adult. It is a good YA contemporary novel, I just personally didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.