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Monday, January 14, 2013

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

 
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte
Format: Hardcover
 
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.
 
*May contain minor spoilers from the first book ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND*

Daria Snadowsky is excellent at writing the awkward teenager. When I first started reading Anatomy of a Boyfried, a couple of years ago, I was kind surprised by how realistic her characters felt. This time I was expecting it, and it definitely added to Dominique's story this time around.

I was concerned that Dom would be too focused on her break-up during this novel, because she brings it up quite a bit in the beginning, but thankfully we didn't get too much dwelling on that. She still had some of that internal struggle and overthinking, when she first met Guy, but she adjusted her perspective pretty quick and let herself get to know him. I loved the interactions between Dom and Guy, because they were awkward, geeky, and totally felt authentic. Sure Guy is a frat boy, and in a lot of ways a stereotypical one, but he had so many unexpected qualities and I thought he was a nice fit for Dom's summer romance.

This story takes place over the summer, so Dom is staying at home and working at the hospital. In some ways this was awesome, because her best friend Amy is home, too, so we get to see the two of them together. But I wish we had gotten to see Dom at school, instead. It would have been nice to see her school life and how that might have affected her first romantic entanglement since her break-up, but it was nice to have familiar characters from the first book back in this one.

I actually really enjoyed the ending for this one. Dom came out knowing herself a little better and realizing that a guy doesn't have to define your world. The ending really fit this story without being typical or cliche. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting and I think that might be why I liked it so much. If you haven't read either of these books, I definitely recommend giving them a shot. They are honest and so realistic :0)

1 comment:

  1. I loved Anatomy of a Boyfriend-it was a super hilarious and enjoyable read!Tried to get the sequel on NetGalley-didn't get approved though. :(

    I'm glad you liked Anatomy of a Single Girl-Thanks for sharing your thoughts!I'll definitely be checking this out soon. :)

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