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Friday, January 25, 2013

Anatomy of A Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Single Girl 
by Daria Snadowsky
Publisher: Delacorte for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8, 2013

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
- Summary from Goodreads

My thoughts
I first heard about this book back in December and was very intrigued, having read the prequel, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, a few years ago. I had no idea the author planned to write a sequel, but I’m happy she did!

I loved Dom. I don’t remember feeling strongly about her in Anatomy of A Boyfriend, but I noticed SO much character growth in this sequel. At the start of the book, Dom is finishing up her first year in college. She’s just gone through her first major breakup and is slowly getting back on her feet. The pain she went through was evident throughout the book, but she was a strong character and I loved her snarky way of talking.

I feel like this book is essentially about Dom finding out who she is as a person and what she’s looking for in a love interest. Dom’s sexuality played a major role in the story, which is realistic considering she’s in college. I wasn’t expecting the graphic sex scenes in the book, but I think they served a purpose. By the end of book Dom seemed to have a much better grasp or who she is as a person and what she’s looking for in a guy.

Don't go in thinking that this book is just about love, sex, and guys though. Dom loves science and spends a great deal of time thinking about her goals to become a doctor. Her scientific way of thinking was evident in the author's writing style, and I loved that. 

The “New Adult” genre is all the rage now, and I feel that this book is one of THE BEST within the genre. If you love strong, college age protagonists facing real life issues, this book is for you. 

I'd recommend Anatomy of a Single Girl to fans of:
romance / sexuality
protagonists with wit 

Similar books: 
Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
Hallie Palmer Series by Laura Pedersen 

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