Anatomy of a Single Girl

Anatomy of a Single Girl

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by Daria Snadowsky
     
 

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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.

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Meet the book most likely to be challenged in school and public libraries this year. Unlike its four decades' old predecessor, Forever, this is a book that goes far beyond the boundaries of a girl losing her virginity and telling the tale. In this story of a Florida girl on summer vacation, all romanticism flees in favor of a "sex buddy" (the colloquial term is used) relationship with another college student who has no intention of being anything but a summer fling. Dominique has been on her own at Tulane, and now returns to the parental nest to find that her parents are moving on with their lives, that her best friend plans to commute for week-end hook-ups, and that the handsome guy (literally, his name is Guy) she meets at her hospital internship is interested in a no-strings physical relationship. That is the loose structure of a book that could be placed in fiction or with sex manuals. Author Sandowsky is very graphic about how part "p" fits with part "v," and what the best position is to achieve female orgasm. Because Dom is pre-med, the author is able to introduce a wealth of information about STDs and how to test for them, but it is somewhat doubtful that readers will show the caution Dom does in demanding proof that her partner is clear of disease, or that boys will test as willingly as Guy does. Although Dom concedes she would prefer emotional attachment in a relationship, it is clear that Guy will be only the first of many partners she will have ("How many penises will I have in my vagina?") before she finds her forever relationship. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Kirkus Reviews
Snadowsky's candid follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend (2007) takes readers through ambitious pre-med Dominique's second sexual relationship. Dominique returns home after her freshman year at Tulane still reeling from her breakup with Wes, her first love and first sexual partner. Dom's best friend, Amy, normally content to hook up without getting emotionally involved, is spending the summer in a long-distance relationship with a boy she met at college. While interning at a hospital, Dom meets Guy, a fraternity brother at a local university, and the two soon become involved. What's the difference between a relationship that might be forever and one that's just for the summer? How does sex affect relationships? What's sex like, anyway? The book's answers are frank, though sometimes didactic or expressed clunkily ("I wonder how many more penises I'll have inside me in my lifetime"). In its best moments, the book presents a multiplicity of opinions and stories about sex, intimacy and relationships and lets readers come to their own conclusions. Some options, however, are still off the table: All the main characters are heterosexual, and masturbation is only ever depicted as weird or tragic. A mixed bag, but the blunt sex talk fills a niche. (Fiction. 14-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Delacorte, 2007), 18-year-old Dominique Baylor is fresh off her freshman year at Tulane and plans to spend eight weeks with her family at their Fort Myers home. She will work as a hospital volunteer and hang out with her best friend, Amy, hoping that this will help her recover from a recent breakup. She meets Guy Davies, a handsome Ford University junior, and is immediately attracted to him. While both acknowledge the chemistry between them, Dom longs for a level of commitment that Guy does not reciprocate. He makes it clear that he is interested in a summer romance. At first hesitant, Dom decides to go along with the limitations, living for the pleasures of a relationship that has no future. Not surprisingly, she eventually determines that she wants more than a strictly physical relationship, breaks off with Guy, and returns to Tulane a "sadder but wiser" girl. The necessity of having a boyfriend ("No matter what we do, it's always more special if there's a boyfriend to share it with.") is an underlying message. The book contains explicit sexual scenes, raunchy language, and a detailed graphic description of a pelvic exam.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385737982
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,236,741
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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).

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