Anatomy of a Single Girl
By Daria Snadowsky
Publication date: Jan. 8, 2013
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 240 pages
Source: Gifted from the author
With Judy Blume-like honesty and insight, this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about life after first love–romance, sex, friendship, family, and the ups and downs of life as a single girl.
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.
— Goodreads.com description
“Judy Blume-like” is right — that’s exactly the comparison I thought as I read this forthright and refreshing book by Daria Snadowsky.
Like Blume before her, Snadowsky takes on every aspect of sex in Anatomy of a Single Girl: the emotional consequences, birth control, what it’s like to get your first checkup at the gynecologist, masturbation, you name it. Told from the point of view of funny, likable main character, this story answers all the questions girls want to know but may be too shy to ask.
To be honest, at first I was shocked by how clinically and honestly it was written. You don’t read about these things every day. But then I thought: “Why not?” It’s responsibly done and, truly, when I was 18, this is exactly the stuff I wanted to know about. It’s spot-on for the age group and if I were a librarian, I would make sure all my older teens read it.
Plus, I love the new adult aspect here: The story is set over Dom’s summer break home from college. It’s a tricky age: Friends are moving on, parents are adjusting to live without you, high school boyfriends are long gone…there need to be more realistic books about this time of life.
This book is actually a sequel, but I hadn’t read the first book. You don’t need to, but just be prepared to have it spoiled for you pretty quickly. All in all, I really love what the author did here. Did it resonate with me? Well, not really — I’m an old married lady. So while I didn’t love this story, I know it wasn’t written for me and I still absolutely liked and respected it.