Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Bought from B&N
Published January 9, 2007
Amazon - 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.

I read Anatomy of a Boyfriend for the first time a little over a year ago and didn't really enjoy it much. Recently a friend of mine had picked it up and thought it was the funniest thing she ever read and told me I absolutely had to re-read it. So I tried my best to go in with an open mind, but unfortunately I still didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.

The sassy main character, Dom, is in her junior year of high school and has just finished filling out her college applications when the book begins. We get a little glimpse into her love for anatomy through her hobbies of reading Gray's Anatomy and playing the board game Operation with her parents. As she begins a relationship with Wesley, her interests seem to take a backseat along with her parents and friends.

I had trouble liking Dom because I didn't get to know her throughout the story. The only thing I really found out about her while reading was that she really liked Wes. The more time she was in this relationship the more she lost touch with her old life, everything became Wes related. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if the main character and story talked more about other things than just Dom and Wes' relationship.

Wes is a representation of a realistic boyfriend, he's not perfect by any means and makes plenty of mistakes. However, I couldn't find anything appealing enough about him for Dom to want to date him, other than feeling pressured to by her boy obsessed best friend, Amy.

I liked how Snadowsky kept the love scenes far from ideal and highlighted the negatives of being involved with a boy too young. Dom and Wes got involved very quickly, which made it hard to like their romantic relationship because it felt so new and awkward still. I would have liked it if there was at least something I liked about these two being together so I wouldn't have been rooting for their relationship to end since the beginning.

I enjoyed the ending, but it had a completely different tone for the rest of the book. I liked where Dom was headed, but I felt like as soon as we got to see that part of her character the book ended abruptly.

Awesome Quote:
"Meanwhile, every corner of this city is laced with memories of us together."

Characters: 2/5
Creativity: 3/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Impact: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a brutally honest and realistic book about teenage relationships that move too quickly. Daria Snadowsky tells it like it is in this funny story of a girl trying to understand what to do with her raging pheromones. Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting with the main character and situations she was in, unlike my friend who read it and fell absolutely in love with Dom. The amazing thing about books is how everyone can take something completely different away from the story, I'll probably read it next year and see what I'll take away when I'm older.


  1. LOVE the new design, Katie! Especially that zebra. :) And the Hallows symbol on the bulletin board-- I didn't see it at first! I'm grabbing one of your newest buttons.

    Anatomy of a Boyfriend doesn't really sound like my kind of book, though I give you much kudos for trying it twice even though you didn't love it. :)

  2. I want to try this one... I'm curious of it mostly.

  3. Your site looks great - love the new colors!

  4. Hey Kat! Aww thank you so much!! I love zebras haha!
    Hi Frosy! I hope you enjoy it, my friend can't stop talking about how much she loves it! :)
    Thanks Mom!
    haha I thought it was time for a change, thanks Steff! :D

  5. Okay, I read your review. So I'm leaving another comment haha.
    I believe in re-reads.
    So...that's cool. =D
    I read a lot of chick-lit when I was young. (my sister reads those). And I was TOO young. I just didn't get it.
    But now, they are super funny ! heheh

  6. ohhh I like what you've done with the place =D

    I agree, I didn't like this book much when I read it years ago and wouldn't pick it up again personally.

    Thanks for sharing :)