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Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl (Daria Snadowsky)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 277
Publisher: January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780385737982
Genre: contemporary
Source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy, #2)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.



The series continues!

This time around Dom is moving on. She's on that dangerous precipice of 'a rebound' but she blows through it. She realizes new things about herself along the way, too.

The plot is a lot like the first book. There is a whole lot of sex and a few insights. However, I think in the end she does finally realize what it means to be comfortable in your skin and move on. Dom had a lot of anger left over from her break up with her ex. That anger lead to some weird feelings, but she got it all sorted out.

I really liked her new boy-toy. He was a nerdy, hot sort of character. I wish he had lasting presence though. I'm a bit sad to see that Dom used him up for a summer fling and then left. Hopefully, he will come back in another book to some capacity. The banter between the two of them was rather endearing, when it wasn't smothered in sex.

I like the storylines in the books, but the amount of physical activity is starting to detract. It just seems like more emphasis is placed on a sexual awakening instead of the emotional growth needed to mature into an adult. Anatomy of a Single Girl had a bit more grit than the first book, so I hope as the series continues the story will become more than just a romp between the sheets.  

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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


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