Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
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.
From Goodreads: 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.
While I never really got into Judy Blume books when I was younger, I've heard these books being compared to them a lot. They share the same open and honest writing style and I definitely think Judy Blume fans will love these books!
Anatomy of a Boyfriend takes place during Dom's senior year of high school and freshman year of college. She's facing a lot of big changes in her life. With college applications and SATs just barely out of the way, now Dominique is getting ready to go to college, move out, and start her own life. Then of course there's her first boyfriend, her first love, and the first time she's ever had sex. The way Daria Snadowsky handled all of these firsts was raw and emotional. The sex scenes weren't glorified. They were awkward and uncomfortable to read at times which made them seem that much more realistic. This book is definitely something I would recommend that any teenager read, especially teenage girls because there is a lot to learn from the way Daria Snadowsky handled such a controversial topic.
Anatomy of a Single Girl begins with Dom in college. It's the summer after her freshman year and she's hoping to have a summer full of memories with her best friend, Amy, while avoiding her ex-boyfriend. Dominique is still trying to handle the pain of breaking up with the guy who was her first everything and the last thing she wants is to run into him in town. This book was much less about how Dominique felt about the guy she was with, and more about how she felt about herself. The sex scenes were focused on her emotions which made them less awkward to read. By the end of the book I was really proud of the progress that Dom had made. She was taking big steps towards becoming a really independent strong woman and she knew what she wanted in life. This book was actually probably my favorite of the two because I really loved the way Dominique decided to just focus on herself and make the decisions that she thought would make her happiest in the long run. I feel like she really grew as a character by the end of the book.
I am really glad that I read these books when I did. I'm getting closer and closer to college, which is a really scary (but also exciting) thing for me and I feel like the lessons that Dom learned will be really helpful in the coming years. With many, many firsts in my future, I'm glad these books will be there to help guide me.