Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
Publication date: January 9, 2007 (Delacorte)
Dominique Baylor has never had a boyfriend. It’s her senior year of high school, and lo and behold, she runs into a very cute boy that catches her attention while attending a football game with her best friend, Amy. Wes and Dominique’s relationship quickly evolves from friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. Dominique is thrilled. And like a lot of teenage girls, within one month, she believes he is The One. And like some teenage girls, she allows a boy to change her.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend was a bit of an odd read in that it’s pretty realistic when it comes to sex and relationships. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in which it describes the awkwardness and fumbling that comes with having sex for the first time. It was also entertaining to see a teenage relationship portrayed so realistically (because let’s be real, a majority of girls believe their boyfriend is The One in one month max). Reading the whirlwind romance of Dominique and Wes was amusing to see, watching it quickly go from one step to the next.
But the book does have its faults. Dominique isn’t very dynamic, and her character is rather predictable. Amy also fills the expected role of sexual deviant best friend. Wes was a pleasant surprise in some of his actions and characteristics.
Overall, this book is a good read, and I’d certainly recommend it to YA lovers.
(3.75 out of 5)