Publisher: Delacorte Books
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.
Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.
And then came the fall.
My Summary: Dominique (Dom) has always known exactly what she wanted to be: a doctor. And she knew how she was going to get there, too - she'd had her dream school picked out since she was in middle school. Dom's plan never included things like boyfriends and falling in love, but towards the end of senior year, that's all she can think about.
When Dom meets Wes, she knows she wants him to be her first boyfriend. After a few months of being friends, they begin to date, and suddenly the only thing Dom's worried about is being with Wes. But when she and Wes go off to college, they have to deal with the strain that comes with not seeing each other for months. Will their love survive the months apart, or will Dom's freshman year be tainted with memories of heartbreak?
My Thoughts: I've heard a lot of people comparing this novel to Judy Blume's Forever, and having read both novels within a few months of one another, I can definitely see the parallels between the two, this being the most prevalent: Anatomy of a Boyfriend, like Forever, does not glamorize the idea of sex in teen relationships. The author is honest and frank when it comes to teens and those first sexual experiences, and the main character's 'voice' throughout the novel is extremely genuine.
Snadowsky's writing is great. I felt like she was really in-tune with teens today (even though there are a few mentions of Myspace and emailing). I never felt like I was reading something written by an adult, or like I was being talked down to, and the development of the characters was right-on. Dom and Wes were just regular teens trying to figure out what they were doing, and Amy was hilarious.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed Anatomy of a Boyfriend more than Forever (I can practically hear the Judy Blume fans getting their pitch-forks together!), and I think that if you read both, you'll understand why.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to teens 15 and up (there are mature themes obviously, but I really do think it's worth it), and especially to teen girls.