Whenever I’m asked to review a book by an author – I’m honored, but when the author has actually taken the time to see if my blog and or reading habits would match up with their book – I get ecstatic. And that’s exactly what Daria Snadowsky did when she asked me if I’d like a review copy of her book, Anatomy of a Boyfriend. And let me say this, I’m SO glad that I gave this book a chance, because I loved it.
The best part of this book was the different relationships and how they were all portrayed realistically. Dom and her best friend, Amy – were legitimately the perfect best friends. They were complete opposites in nearly every sense, but they brought out the best in each other. Dom was reserved while Amy was very outspoken and impulsive – they pushed each other to think about things in different ways, and their conversations were always honest – NO MATTER WHAT. Another relationship that I loved was the one between Dom and her parents. Parental figures aren’t always present in young adult books, so seeing them so active in her life was fantastic.
Then there was Wes! I’m not going to lie and say he’s one of my favorite book guys because he isn’t, but I loved his character. Not because he was incredible or swoon worthy or any of the good parts, but because he was such a big part in Dom’s growth as a person. He was her first boyfriend and pretty much her first everything, and while their relationship progresses rather quickly – it’s pretty realistic.
Another one of the best things about this book (sorry, but I think there’s a lot) was how completely realistic everything the characters went through was. This is kind of where things get awkward, but Daria Snadowsky definitely didn’t shy away from those uncomfortable topics like most authors tend to do. Nothing was sugar coated, well some of it was – but in a good way. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the book goes through the awkward stages of the characters having sex for the first time and their many failed attempts at some other things. It was refreshing to read something that didn’t fade to black for the uncomfortable parts. It was a little graphic at parts, but in a way that shows how awkward everything they were doing was.
So, basically – I adored this book. LIKE CRAZY. I know not everyone will, but I definitely recommend giving it a chance. It’s kind of on the edge of YA, andI know a lot of people will classify this book as a NA book – but I’m going to stick with YA and classify the second book in the series as NA. If you’re looking for a different type of contemporary novel than I definitely recommend this one.