Anatomy of a Single Girl
259 pages/ 227 pages
Released: January 9, 2007 and January 8, 2013
Source: the author
You can read the Goodreads summaries here.
When Daria contacted me to read her novels, I'll admit, I hadn't really heard anything about them although the cover of the second book, Anatomy of a Single Girl, looked vaguely familiar; probably from seeing it around the blogosphere in January when the book was released. However, once I read the descriptions of the books, I knew I was on board. They're both young adult, bordering on new adult, a genre I've been trying to find more to read in.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend takes us into the life of Dominique (Dom) who is in her senior year of high school, prepping for college, and finding herself in a relationship for the first time ever. This book had me laughing out loud at the first chapter, so I knew right away it was going to be a hit for me. Talk about a coming of age novel, Dom has zero experience with boys until she starts dating Wes, but she has her best friend Amy on her side to enlighten her about all things sexual.
That's right, sex. Both books were full of it, which is fine by me! Particularly the first book, as Dom was exploring everything for the first time, seemed pretty realistic to me. She really perfects everything in the second book, though, and that was fun to read about, too. Look, let's not kid ourselves, everyone has sex, even high schoolers. No one should be shocked by Dom's behavior, but if you're anti-sex, maybe you should avoid these novels.
I don't want to spoil anything for you, but if you read the title of the second book, you can pretty much figure out what happens to Dom. Anatomy of a Single Girl was a completely different coming of age story for Dom (and let's face it, I think no matter how old you are, everyone is always still coming of age). She's still experimenting with boys and their, uh, parts, but she's also learning more about herself. The whole book is just adorbs.
Both books were extremely fun to read! They're lightweight and quick, making them perfect for some beach reading this summer. I highly recommend these for YA/NA fans who aren't afraid of a little sex in their reading. As for me, I would hesitate to reading anything else Daria Snadowsky might write in the future.
PS: Thanks so much to Daria for sending me these to review! But I would like to point out that even though these were sent to me to review, the review is honest and the opinions are my own. There was no compensation. Kthnxbye.