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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038573798X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-In this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Delacorte, 2007), 18-year-old Dominique Baylor is fresh off her freshman year at Tulane and plans to spend eight weeks with her family at their Fort Myers home. She will work as a hospital volunteer and hang out with her best friend, Amy, hoping that this will help her recover from a recent breakup. She meets Guy Davies, a handsome Ford University junior, and is immediately attracted to him. While both acknowledge the chemistry between them, Dom longs for a level of commitment that Guy does not reciprocate. He makes it clear that he is interested in a summer romance. At first hesitant, Dom decides to go along with the limitations, living for the pleasures of a relationship that has no future. Not surprisingly, she eventually determines that she wants more than a strictly physical relationship, breaks off with Guy, and returns to Tulane a "sadder but wiser" girl. The necessity of having a boyfriend ("No matter what we do, it's always more special if there's a boyfriend to share it with.") is an underlying message. The book contains explicit sexual scenes, raunchy language, and a detailed graphic description of a pelvic exam.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend (2007), Dom is now a freshman at Tulane studying premed. She has been reeling from the breakup with her first love, first time, first everything—Wes—and she has very definite opinions on sex, love, and romance. When Dom goes home to Florida for the summer, she realizes, “I’ve been so caught up with mapping out a picture-perfect ‘forever’ that I’m completely neglecting my present,” and gives herself permission to fall for a hot local student, Guy—even though Guy has made it clear he is not looking for more than a summer fling. After a frank discussion about safe sex, getting tested, and a well-described trip to the gynecologist, Dom and Guy do it, and do it, and do it. By novel’s end, Dom realizes that it may take “scads more guys, dates, relationships” and acceptance of imperfections to find the right person. The overuse of italics for emphasis throughout is distracting, but curious teens will find Snadowsky’s honesty refreshing, and like Forever before it, this one is sure to be passed from hand to hand. Grades 10-12. --Ann Kelley

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 www.daria-snadowsky.com.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to any teen.
Simone
Like lots and lots of sex and I had to admit that I was hesitant because I didn't really enjoy having to skim over chapters because they made me all awkward.
MaryAnn
I liked how her character handled relationships as well.
Chelsey Lynn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelsey Lynn on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is, of course, a sequel to the first book in the Anatomy series and is one that I wish I had read before I had my heart broken for the first time or went away to college. Dominique, or "Dom," has had her heart broken and feels like she will never be able to have those same mushy gushy feelings for anyone else ever again. She is content enjoying her time at college and time with her best friend, Amy, and doesn't try to force herself on every available guy that she meets in between. Until one night, while volunteering at the local hospital, she meets Guy. Guy changes things for Dom because she soon realizes that this is the first guy, since her breakup, that has sent butterflies fluttering through her stomach. Will they last while so far apart or will it just be a summer fling?

Now that I am entering my last semester of college, I look back and see all the dumb mistakes I made along the way. I see the guy I thought I would never get over, and all the idiots, for lack of a better term, I dated in between. I see my fiancé and all the joy he has brought to me and I feel stupid for ever even pining over a guy the way I did my ex. In other words, I feel like Dom and I was really able to relate to her character. In fact, I am willing to argue that any girl who has ever had your heartbroken can and will relate to the events taking place in this book. Dom was realistic and not whiny like most girls after a breakup. I liked how her character handled relationships as well. She didn't just throw herself at the next available guy and she stood up for her morals when it came to Guy. She didn't sleep with him on the first date, and I think that is what we need in books. More girls with the desire to make sure a relationship is going in the right direction before making any serious moves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cmvaldes on November 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I liked it as did my 17 year old daughter. While it probably could be read as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend reading "Anatomy of a boyfriend" first. They are both honest stories of young love (and sex). Somewhat explicit with real life discussion of first time high-school sex and continuing college sex.
Disclaimer: I received the Kindle book in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on October 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I started Anatomy of a Single Girl soon after I finished book one, Anatomy of a Boyfriend. I liked Dominique a lot and was invested in the outcome of her story. I wanted to know if Dominique would get her happily ever after, and how her college career would bide in the face of her devastating break up.

I liked Anatomy of a Single Girl even more than Anatomy of a Boyfriend. There was much more character growth in this novel, which I loved. There's nothing that I like to read about more than character growth, and to see positive change in many of the main characters was very gratifying. Dominique really comes into her own as an adult and that was my favorite thing about this book.

Snadowsky is very direct about sex. That was a little bit shocking for me while reading book one, but this time, I was ready for the candidness and I found myself appreciating it. Snadowsky's books are different from others in the genre. There is an emphasis on honesty and self-discovery, and I think that is very appropriate for the NA age group. Snadowsky also places a priority on safe sex, which I welcomed.

Anatomy of a Single Girl had an emphasis on friendships, and how friendships change as teens age, especially through the college years. I liked reading about Dominique and Amy's friendship and their ups and downs reminded me of my friends at that age.

As much as I enjoyed Snadowsky's directness, it almost made the book feel unemotional for me. I can't put my finger on it, but I wasn't as emotionally invested in the characters as I wanted to be. Dominique's voice was refreshingly different, but in the end I found myself wishing for more of a connection to her.

Despite my one complaint, I really enjoyed the Anatomy series and would definitely read Daria Snadowsky again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RJDoesBooks on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Anatomy of a Single Girl is the sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend (2008) and finds Dom, now in college, heading home for a break. The book picks up a short while after the ending of the first book and continues with the exploration and metamorphosis of a single girl with a broken heart.

Right of the bat it's safe to say that didn't quite love the first novel, but I still enjoyed it. It was blunt, it was interesting, and yes--it was sexy in some parts. The sequel is very much the same though I can say I enjoyed this one a bit more. There were some parts where Dom irritated me a bit and others that had me agreeing or relating to how she acted. I think what detracted from the story here, for me at least, was that I was waiting for Dom to go all out and have fun. For the most part she stayed in a singular repeated setting, never doing anything exciting until just before the end. I understand heartbreak to the fullest extent, however after reading more than enough pages of her sulking around about her ex, it got a little irritating. I would have liked her to have forgotten that loser early on and had fun, or explore the cute as heck thing going on at the beginning of the book with Calvin that was pretty much abandoned for another storyline with Guy that fell flat.

While reading I also discovered some things to be over-detailed and others to be under-detailed. Perhaps I've been spoiled over the past few months with other novels, but I feel like the sex scenes were a little too abrupt and didn't quite have enough passion--then again it shows how realistic this book is by showing a more practical approach to sex. (Hey, not everyone gets the rose petals, candles, and sensual R&B music playing in the background.
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