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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Anatomy of a Boyfriend: Mini-Review

The first in a series of mini-reviews because my lazy butt is way behind on book reviews.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
Reason for Reading: YA Reading Challenge
Rating: 3.5/5

Yes, as you might guess from the cover, this is a book about teenagers who (gasp) have sex. Dominique, a senior, has been focused on applying for colleges and her dream of becoming a doctor when she meets Wesley, a local track star. They begin to date and things soon become hot and heavy. Everything seems to be going right... then comes the fall, with life at separate colleges.

While not overly explicit, Dom and Wes' relationship quickly revolves around sex. Snadowsky presents their relationship realistically as they tentatively become IM friends. The mixed signals. The misunderstandings. The awkwardness of talking to someone in real life that you were just pouring your heart out to the night before over Instant Messenger, when you're not quite sure what your relationship is. Trying to date long-distance. And oh, yes, all of the little hang-ups, fears and complications about sex.

Recommended if the subject matter interests you.

5 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

What a cover...

BTW, I created a fun meme for book bloggers and tagged you for it. You gonna love it:

I have been lazy, hence I make excuses"

Debi said...

Surely you gest, Kim...teenagers have sex?!! ;)

Trish said...

I've seen this one around and have heard some good things about it--but I'm going to take your recommendation to heart--only if the subject matter interests you...probably not. :)

Nymeth said...

*gasps*

I enjoyed it. I had never read a book that looked at teen sex (and most importantly, at all the emotions involved) so honestly. I know it was inspired by Judy Blume's Forever, though, so I'm curious about that one too.

Kim L said...

gautami-thanks for the tag! I like memes, although I've been irresponsible and not actually doing them lately.

debi- :-)

trish-yeah, if you're not a teenager, this one might not be your cup of tea.

nymeth-very true, there are not many books that deal with the topic honestly. I think teens really appreciate honesty in a writer, especially since sex tends to be so sensationalized in your typical romance novel. I did appreciate the fact this writer wrote realistically, she didn't make sex to be more than it is.