Anatomy Of A Single Girl by Daria SnadowskyAnatomy Of A Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy Of A Single Girl

byDaria Snadowsky

Paperback | March 11, 2014

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"Curious teens will find Snadowsky's honesty refreshing, and like [Judy Blume's] Forever before it, this [book] is sure to be passed from hand to hand."--Booklist

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 sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Dominique explores the relationship between love and lust, and the friendships that see us through.

"Dominique is a strong female character who makes informed decisions and demonstrates control over her own body and goals. . . . This book could be popular with girls who are curious and interested in reading about intimate young adult relationships."--VOYA

"Presents a multiplicity of opinions and stories about sex, intimacy and relationships and lets readers come to their own conclusions."--Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.
DARIA SNADOWSKY lives and practices criminal defense law in Southern Nevada. She is the author of acclaimed Anatomy of a Boyfriend and contributed an essay to the anthologyCrush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love (Harlequin, 2011).
Title:Anatomy Of A Single GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.21 × 8.15 × 0.6 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385737998

ISBN - 13:9780385737999


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic and relatable story I read this book two days after reading the first book, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, both in one sitting; they were that amazing (and quick to read as well). I mentioned this in my first review, but I’m going to mention it in this one as well: these books are the reason I want to get back into contemporary fiction. I am a picky contemporary reader, but Anatomy of a Single Girl, hit all the right targets for me. Introspective, intelligent, and slightly ignorant main character: check. Realistic and relatable situations: check. Witty dialogue and eye-opening situations: check mate. The ultimate strength of this book is to portray a girl’s love life and growth as a woman not as a princess in a fairy tale, but as a post-secondary student struggling with school and boys, neither always working out, but there still being that happily-ever-after feeling. That happily-ever-after is just a lot more refreshing because she doesn’t skip off into the sunset with her true love after scoring him. Dom picks up a hot guy, has a summer fling, and struggles whether she can just keep it casual and be able to move on. She argues with her new crush, Guy, who is experienced, good-looking, and has similar interests to our leading lady. They both have different expectations about their relationship. Dom has to struggle through how she feels about Guy, and still wrestles with her previous breakup. This is the kind of princess I like reading about. What I will always love is Dom’s often cynical or curious outlook on guys, relationships, and sex (which there is more of in this book, but not overtly explicit). Her medical terminology, used profusely to evaluate her feelings and the situations she finds herself in, is often hilarious. She is definitely a different girl from the first book: she has different expectations, preferences, and experiences, but neither is she the perfect character – she still has a lot of faults that often trip her up. She makes decisions that I wouldn’t personally agree with, she’s often oblivious to the needs of her friends and family, and she is often pretty selfish, but there are so many times that when you cringe, you feel yourself relating to her on so many levels because of similar things you yourself have felt. I felt I could relate not exactly to Dom’s experiences, but to her perception of those experiences and how to navigate the new terrain of adulthood. I also enjoyed that Dom and her friend Amy don’t blush or shy away from talking about sex and guys in sexual terms. There isn’t that guilty, blushing reaction to Amy’s statements, and Dom is open with her friend about her wants and needs. I think the author really showcases that while relationships are messy, there are some bottom-lines health needs that every girl needs to know and address in these kinds of relationship, including having a friend that you can talk to about everything, and an over-cautious approach to STIs and protection. The latter is something you really can’t afford to make mistakes about, which was great! Most sex scenes (explicitly described or alluded to) in YA books don’t really address protection or support. The ending is probably my favourite. I won’t include too many details, but I think it puts our character in a great place where she can still learn and grow, but she’s learned so much about herself that it makes the reader proud of her decisions. Definitely check out Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl. I’d recommend these to any teenager or new adult. These books aren’t about having sex, but about examining a realistic relationship, which usually includes crushes, arguments, and sometimes not-so-great sex, in a positive way. They’re definitely a breath of fresh air in the YA genre.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unflinchingly Candid YA Contemporary Novel Originally, I'd intended to only peek at the summary for Anatomy of a Single Girl because I hadn't heard too much about the novel, but a couple hours later, I found myself already halfway through the book! Written in an unflinchingly candid style, Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Single Girl is an addictive contemporary read which held my interest from the very first page. I'll admit, I haven't actually read the first book, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, but I really don't think it affected my reading experience too much. The important details I may have missed before about the characters and events were reiterated, so I never felt lost as I read along, to my relief. Dominique is such a likeable and relatable character that I couldn't help wanting to know more about all the drama in her life. I think I may have even saved myself some emotional pain by not reading Anatomy of a Boyfriend because this is a novel about moving forward after experiencing first love and heartbreak, and being not afraid to experiment different notions of romance. Dominique has just finished her first year as a premed student at university, and after months away, she's returning home for the summer to complete a volunteer internship at the local hospital. She's not sure if she's ready to fall in love again with someone, but as soon as she meets Guy, Dominique can't help feeling an instant connection to him. Guy is much more than just a pretty face; he's intelligent, experienced, and very self-assured of himself, but not in a cocky way. The more they see each other over the summer, the more Guy changes Dominique's preconceptions about casual sex and committed relationships. It seems really fitting that a girl studying human physiology was also becoming more aware of her own body... As readers dissect what exactly makes up the anatomy of a single girl, Daria Snadowsky explores themes of love, sex, and relationships when you're still trying to discover yourself. I'd recommend Anatomy of a Single Girl for mature YA readers and would consider the book to be within the rising New Adult genre. It's a coming-of-age tale for that transitioning stage of your life when you're not quite an adult but not really a teenage anymore either. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-02-12