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Anatomy of a Boyfriend Hardcover – January 9, 2007

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Grade 9 Up—Dominique and Amy-best friends and high school seniors in Florida-attend the big football game where Dom meets local track star Wesley. Wes is shy, and he and Dom e-mail and IM each other for some time before they start dating. Things get heavy pretty quickly and they lose their virginity on the clichéd prom night. Then they go to different colleges in the fall, and their relationship changes. Snadowsky describes Dom's first intimate relationship in frank and graphic terms. This novel discusses masturbation, oral sex, and intercourse both as part of Dom and Wes's romantic relationship and as casual pastime for Amy. For 17-year-old girls, the main characters have fairly mature voices and some of the novel reads like a Cosmopolitan article. The story is not highly original, but it does deal in modern terms with the real issues of discovering sex for the first time and dealing with it in a responsible way.—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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Dominique, a high-school senior in Fort Myers, Florida, is an aspiring doctor whose favorite book is Grey's Anatomy. Wes, a fellow senior, becomes her first boyfriend, and the two inexperienced teens explore first love, and sex, together. Written in Dom's authentic voice, Snadowsky's debut novel is an unusually honest portrayal of a teen girl's sexual discovery. Comparisons to Judy Blume's Forever (1975) are inevitable; even the plot, from the couple's initial fumbles to their breakup after separation, is similar. What feels so new here is the nonsensationalized explicitness. Dom speaks with an almost scientific curiosity: "I can recognize the features of his penis from my anatomy books." And her sexual insecurities are just as direct: "What if I squeal or scream or fart?" Also rare and authentic are scenes of Dom experimenting on her own, when she finally experiences her first orgasm. Snadowsky considers all the questions: Does sex mean love? What's normal in a relationship? Like Forever, this sensitive, candid novel is sure to find a wide audience among curious teens. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385733208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733205
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daria Snadowsky is the author of the novels Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl. She also contributed the essay "To Sir Anthony, With Love" to the anthology Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love. Visit her at

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to any teen.
It isn't all bad, but the good parts of the book just aren't enough to overcome the bad parts.
Janet Morris
Dom is a totally relatable character and by far gives the book so much depth and feeling.
Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At the beginning of ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND, 17-year-old Dominique Baylor hardly has time for boys. She's engrossed in her studies and college applications, and is polishing up on her GRAY'S ANATOMY (the textbook, not the TV show). Dom wants to be a doctor, and while she's not competing on her school's science quiz team, she's spending time playing the board game Operation with her parents.

Dom's best friend is Amy, who goes to a large public school. Dom is a student at the small private school where her mom teaches, allowing her to get free tuition. Amy dates and has more experience with boys. As Dom recounts, "My best friend, Amy, wants to wait until college to 'do it,' but until then she'll do 'everything but' with boys she thinks are cute and have good bodies."

At one of Amy's track meets, Dom meets a mystery boy who helps her when she has an accident. Mustering her courage and with Amy's help, Dom finds out that the mystery boy is a track star hottie named Wes and emails him. Instantly, a bond is formed, and Wes, who is quiet, shy and sweet, eventually becomes Dom's boyfriend. As high school seniors they experience many firsts, including spending the night together on prom night. When they both go away to college, however, they have to determine whether or not their relationship can survive long-distance dating.

Snadowsky's writing is sharp, and Dominique's voice is clever, funny and extremely authentic. While the book discusses sex --- in almost clinical detail --- it is done so through the eyes of a girl who is insecure, curious and deeply in love. Like Judy Blume's groundbreaking novel, FOREVER, which was the first to explore the topic of a girl having sex, ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND puts a modern twist on the same type of tale. Curious teen girls might find answers to questions in this book that they were afraid to ask.

--- Reviewed by Kristi Olson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krista on November 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dominique Baylor, a high school senior and an aspiring doctor, has never had a boyfriend. She attends a small private school in Florida, so even the prospects are low. Her best friend, Amy, attends a huge public high school. One day, both friends attend the school's annual Seniors vs. Faculty football game. At the game, Dominique meets a cute boy, while she is "sprawled facedown." Through Amy, Dom learns that the boy is Wesley, a cute track star. She then e-mails him, and they immediately have a connection. Before long, Dom experiences many firsts. However, with college decisions, Dom and Wes realize they are headed for two completely different paths. Will their relationship survive?

The Anatomy of a Boyfriend takes mature readers on the journey of Dominique's first love. Dominique's authentic voice was easy to relate to. She sounded like somebody I would like to be friends with. Her voice also made the novel a quick read. I finished this book within two days. Mature readers will also appreciate how Snadowsky incorporates sex into the novel, without idealizing it. Parts of the novel made me never want to do certain things. :-P I also think Snadowsky realistically describes a long distance relationship after high school.

I did not have any major complaints with Anatomy of a Boyfriend, but a few things could have been better. I wish Dominique had more of a basis for falling head-over-heels for Wes. Part of me thinks Snadowsky intentionally wrote the novel so Dom lacked a logical reason, but I'm not really sure. I mean so many girls' first loves are douches (from my observations at least). The lack of a basis hurt the resolution. Instead of the resolution seeming like the natural flow of things, it made Wes seem like a complete douche, when he was only partially a douche.

Overall, Anatomy of a Boyfriend is an accurate potrayal of first love that older teens will enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on September 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's the day after Christmas, Senior Year. Dominique is at a football game with her best friend, Amy at Amy's high school. Dominique has her eyes set on college and becoming a doctor. She heads over to use the bathroom and takes a dive right into the grass. She's helped up by a cute boy, Wes. This encounter evolves into a relationship between the two of them. It starts innocently, trying to figure out who Wes is in the yearbook. Shooting him an email and instant messaging. Then they are hanging out in a group and then hanging out alone, soon enough they are in a physical relationship and they are about to go off to college....

I absolutely loved this book. I was reading another book, having a hard time zooming through it (I'm still reading it) and I thought I'd pick this up and read a chapter or two to see what I was in for. I read it straight through, well straight through for me. Started it on a Sunday and had it done by the time I was off the bus Monday morning.

The story line is simple but I love that. It's the exploration between this first relationship for two people. It explores what happens when kids leave home and start college, how things are bound to change no matter if you want them to or not. I love the progression of their relationship, nothing happens for months and the bam, it's really serious all of a sudden.

I liked the use of instant messaging and emails. It's very true to the times of how people start friendships and relationships. It's a innocent non-threatening way to get to know someone.
I've yet to read Forever by Judy Blume but definitely need to get to it soon. If it's anything like this book I'm in for another treat.

I think high school kids and parents should read this one along with A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl.
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