Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Anatomy of a Boyfriend

by Daria Snadowsky


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ISBN-13: 9780440239444
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/23/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 698,138
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

DARIA SNADOWSKY is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s law school, and recently passed the Nevada state bar exam. This is her first novel.

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My best friend, Amy, wants to wait until college to “do it,” but until then she’ll do “everything but” with boys she thinks are cute and have good bodies. She thinks lots of boys are cute and have good bodies. One of Amy’s favorite activities is scoping out the jocks at the annual seniors versus teachers football game at East Fort Myers High, which everyone calls EFM. It’s the largest local public school, and as lame as it sounds, this game is the hottest ticket in town the day after Christmas.

I couldn’t care less about sports, let alone ogling athletes, and a school is the last place I want to be during winter break. But I’m tagging along this year because I’ve been holed up in my room all week finishing college applications, and I desperately need a change of scenery. Not surprisingly, Amy’s boy-crazy jabbering makes it impossible even to pretend to focus on the game.

“See him?” she asks me while pointing to one of the senior team’s broad-shouldered linebackers, who’s also in her woodworking class. “I had this amazingly intense dream about him last night. We were in this, like, psychedelic art studio, and I was posing nude for him—”

“Amy!” I cut her off. We’re sitting on the bleachers one row ahead of a pack of pervy-looking freshmen, and I know they’re eavesdropping.

“What?” she looks at me innocently. “It was really hot! Then he knocked over his easel, tore off his overalls, and said, ‘My canvas is your body, and my paintbrush is my peni—’ ”

“Shhh!” I almost choke on my hot dog as I press my hand over Amy’s mouth. “First of all, gross! Second of all, the entire population of Florida does not need to know this.” I motion with my eyes to the cackling pervs behind us. “Can you please tone it down?”

Amy tears my hand away. “Oh, c’mon, Dominique. You sound like a librarian . . . and not the kinky kind.” She grins at me mischievously before turning her attention to the buff, freckled junior on her right. I just roll my eyes in resignation.

If we weren’t in a public place, I wouldn’t mind hearing the steamy details of Amy’s dream. That’s the key to our friendship—we can be open with each other past the point of too much information. She ends up doing most of the talking, though, since she has a lot more experience to draw from. But the fact that I’m probably the only seventeen-year- old in Fort Myers who hasn’t French-kissed a guy yet does not mean I’m a prude. My dreams at night can get just as X-rated as Amy’s, and sure, I guess I’d like to have a boyfriend. I just wouldn’t want to hook up with a guy unless I really, really like him, and in my experience all boys can be classified as either assholes or bores, unless they’re both.

Maybe it’s a blessing, because the last thing I need is relationship drama to sidetrack me from my grades. Amy, on the other hand, has never been the studious type but still managed to score an early acceptance to Amherst College. She’s a master painter and graphic artist, which makes sense given her expressive, exhibitionistic personality. I’m way more introverted.

My biggie Sprite makes itself known a few minutes into the third quarter. I maneuver my way down the bleachers toward the row of light blue Porta Pottis behind the end zone, but when I get to ground level I see I have competition. A chunky mom type with a bulging fanny pack is waddling in the direction of the only unoccupied stall. Nature is calling loudly, so I start chugging across the green, eyes on the prize. That’s when I feel my feet slip out from under me, and the next thing I know I’m sprawled facedown on a patch of newly watered grass.

“Shit!” I shout as I scramble onto all fours. I look down at my sweatshirt and shorts, now coated with wet topsoil. I don’t care if you’re the most confident person in the world—when something like this happens, all you want is the superpower to become invisible.

“Jeez, you okay?” a deep voice asks.

Startled, I gaze up through the strands of my bangs, now shellacked to my forehead with sprinkler water. All I see are blazing blue eyes against a halo of high-noon sunshine.

“Um, yeah, I’m fine,” I gasp, half-frightened and half-hypnotized by his proximity.

“You were fast. You should go out for track.” He grins.

I force myself to laugh. “Thanks, but I think mud wrestling’s more my style.”

He grins a little wider in a cute, bashful manner. My stomach suddenly feels uneasy, but not in a bad way. I don’t need to pee anymore either.

“Let me help,” he says.

Without giving myself time to think about it, I reach for his outstretched hand. He clasps my forearm, since my palms are caked with dirt and grass, and pulls me to my feet.

I’m still squinting from the sun’s brightness, but it’s clear that this boy with the sparkling blue eyes is around my age. His angular features are balanced by his gentle, soulful stare and the shaggy blond hair falling softly over his ears. He’s skinny and tall, around six feet. Amy and I are both five six, except I look shorter because I tend to slouch, which my grandma never fails to give me a hard time about.

“Hmmm.” The blue-eyed boy crinkles his brow while staring at my legs. “Your knees—they’re pretty scratched up. I have some Band-Aids in my car just over there.” He looks at me expectantly.

The part of me that’s humiliated to be standing there dripping with mud wants to run away. But this boy’s rare combination of niceness, humor, and good looks is drawing me in. I can hear a tiny Amy on my shoulder whispering, Whatever you do, keep talking to him!

“Thanks, but I’ll be fine. Um, so, do you go to EFM?” I ask, going for the obvious.

“Yep. I’m a senior.”

“Oh? So why aren’t you out there on the field?”

“I’m not into football, but I know some guys on the team, so I’m here rooting for them.”

“Cool. Well, I’m a senior too. Not here, though. I mean, my best friend goes here, but I—”

“Chiiiild, are yeew alriiiight?” I hear in the world’s most grating Southern drawl. “Ya fell like a rock in a pond.”

Damn! It's the fanny pack lady I was trying to outrun. I instantly hate her for jarring me out of my cute-boy moment.

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“Like [Judy Blume’s] Forever, this sensitive, candid debut is sure to find a wide audience among curious teens.”—Booklist

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It is realistically written, focusing on the lives of real teens. I picked it up and laughed at the cover then read the inside and i had to buy it. Some of the material in the book might be a little explicit but that comes down to a matter of maturity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I'm not what you call a book worm. I usually don't read if I don't have to. But my best friend has been raiving about this book for forever so I finally read it. I don't want to give anything a way, but if your like me and don't read alot, I asure you you'll LOVE reading this. The whole time I felt like I was reading about me and not some out there character, and I was so involved I finished it in one and a half days, which I just don't do. The book reminded me of Judy Blume's 'Forever.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a matter of hours I finished this adorable novel of a young girl and her first love. It's overtly true descriptions of first time love experiences were so realistic and hilarious that I found myself laughing and crying aloud. Relatively quick read and makes memories flood back of first loves and high school. Definitely read this one!!
sharay385 More than 1 year ago
i found the myself often yelling at the book because of the choices and thoughts that Dom makes . for example when Dom and Wes were going at it he would want to please her but she would make up excuses such as my period just ended and asking the blunt but it's already known question of "did I ruin the mood" duh he's probably like EWWW OMG now I don't want to do anything with you down there EVER!!!! The most hilarious part of the book was when Wes gave Dom a banana to eat my first thought was please don't put the whole thing in your mouth and look like a slut (no offense to anyone who eats the banana whole)I loved how the author read my mind because Dom was thing the exact same thing.I loved this book so much that I looked the author up to see if she had any other reading material.for her first book this was great can't wait until her next book hopefully it's a trilogy of Dom's relationships and life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
50 Shades of Grey for teens...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book for teens who have boyfriends, and are looking into sexual intercourse. you learn the ups and downs and everything inbetween. the book starts off slow, but by chapter 17 it gets juicy! if you know what i mean. i have only read this book that involves teen reality, every other book i find isnt full enough with detail. so i reccomend reading this for shure! and feedback helps alot. so pick up this book and read it, and youll be wanting to do stuff more than just a kiss on the cheek.
J-sam92 More than 1 year ago
This book is an awesome choice for a curious teen. This book is not supporting havig sex when your young, but it does show the true nature of first loves. It shows the great side, and bad side, and what concequences you migth have to face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Anatomy of a Boyfriend. It wasn't just a book or fiction or whatever. It was real life. Its like someone made my life into a book. It was so honest and real and true. It's not one of those books you forget right after you read them. This book will be in my heart 4EVER!!!!
shesaxsensation More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a cute love story with a lot of steamy chapters. That's what it was. It's not my favorite book but it's not my least-favorite either. I didn't like the ending but it is a pretty realistic one. I wouldn't let my little sister read this (if I had one). I think this should be for girls atleast 14 years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very inapropriate. I wiuld not recomend this book to anyone 13 and under. It talked about having a first crush, having a first boyfriend, the first kiss, the first makeout, the first time giving a hand job, first time having sex, and the first time giving a blow job. By the end Dom is just a girl who is in it for the sex. This book was horrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for perverts
kayla233 More than 1 year ago
I'm sixteen years old, and my friend recommended this book to me. It basically talks about a girl who falls in love with a track star named Wes, who goes to school with her best friend, Amy Braff. They soon click, and share more experiences with each other throughout the novel. Yes, there are a few sex scenes, but we will all encounter them at some point or another. It's very realistic, and it nails exactly how a girl feels in a relationship. When he doesn't call, when we see his screenname pop up on IM. I was hooked, mainly because i am a teenager, and this stuff is just very interesting to read. I recommend you read it! Didn't take me long, I read it within two days, and i haven't picked up a book in over 4 years. Go buy it! Excellent price too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most honest book I've ever read. It wasn't about a character, it was about me, and you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book I've read in a long time. Its almost scary how true it is about highschool now adays. I'm 17, a jr. in highschool, and I couldnt put this book down. SERIOUSLY I've basically past this book on to all my friends. Honestly anyone under 8th grade really wouldn't understand the story line. But as for me and my friends we can relate to the story in many parts. I laughed, I cryed. You WILL NOT be dissapointed! 3 *Sammie Rose*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not allnguys are like that... and not all guys are like the cover says.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even though the book was akward to read it was really good. i didnt want to put it down. the ending is such a typical guy. in parts of the book icould relate.
volleyplayer More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 hrs it was so good. It makes you remember your first love as well as your first broken heart. It also reminds you that people change and grow apart and life goes on.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND, author Daria Snadowsky examines first love, sex, and relationships among two teens.

Dominique, a high school senior with dreams of becoming a doctor, meets and quickly develops a relationship with Wes, another senior who attends a different school in town. Things quickly become hot and heavy for the two inexperienced teens, until fall, when they decide to attend colleges on opposite sides of the country. Thus, their feelings for one another change, and they're forced to reevaluate their relationship.

Very similar in plot and character to Judy Blume's young adult classic FOREVER..., Snadowsky still manages to find a unique point of view in her story through Dom. The readers take an adventure with Dom as she discovers many new adult experiences, and feels what it's like to truly love for the first time.

The book provides a very frank look at sex, and can sometimes be very graphic. However, with all of the candidness, the book stands out from other young adult novels that glaze over the reality of high school relationships without really exploring them.

ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND is an honest gem that will provide readers with a sincere and at times painful portrayal of adolescent life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Anatomy of a Boyfriend was unlike any other book I have read which is over 20 in the past month. It is actually something that can happen in true life and is real, raw emotions. This book shows teenage life in a spotlight with no make-up on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read a lot of books. and most of them have always the happy ending where the guy and the girl always end up together. but this book brought it to a different level. it ending up not being about them ending up together but growing from the experience and being real. not dreamlike. this is a must read for all teen girls
Guest More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down i was really into it. but no kid under the age of 13 should read this. i really like it.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
What impressed me most about this book is how realistic it seemed, for the most part. Now, I don't remember thinking and talking about sex quite as much in high school as these characters do. There was a lot of sex, and it started pretty quickly in the relationship. While I had friends like this in high school, this seemed a little more extreme than average. I felt like Dom's emotions were pretty realistic though. She was an emotional mess. What teenager isn't? From the start, I felt like Dom cared more for Wes than he cared about her. While I think he thought he was in love, I think he liked what he was getting physically more and in his head the feelings became one in the same. This was a book of firsts, and no matter how old you are when you get past these firsts, they can still be pretty exciting and pretty traumatizing. I felt like the author really captured this within her story, and she did so tactfully. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I'm going to make this short and sweet: Anatomy of a Boyfriend is one of, if not THE most realistic portrayals of teen sexuality and the emotional aspects of falling in love, that I have ever read. Anatomy is not a romanticized account of the pleasure and pain of falling in love for the first time. It is an unflinching honest portrayal of the physical and emotional aspects, how they affect and reflect on one another. There are questions, and doubts, joy, and happiness. This story has sex-again, not unrealistically romanticized, and it even has (gasp!) masturbation. It is about remaining true to yourself and maintaining identity. The story entails Dominique's journey with honesty, humor, and heart. This is a story that I wish had been available to me as a teen. It is a story that I will make available to my own children as teens. It is a story that can open dialogue, or serve as a gesture. It will speak to those it represents. And that is powerful. Favorite Quotes: Amy will sometimes accompany us on the boat, but she's too squeamish even to handle live bait. That she won't touch a shrimp with her hands but will take a random boy's dick into her mouth has always seemed bizarre to me. I feel dizzy and light-headed, like every cell in my body is pushing my arm that final inch. I'm just about to rest my hand on his crotch when a thunderous bang echoes through the car. Did he just ejaculate?
ChiKittie More than 1 year ago
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a fast-paced, cute, funny, daring and charming read. A MUST read! First please allow me to begin by thanking author Daria Snadowsky for my copies of Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl (review coming soon). I now have another favorite author to add to my list. ;)  Warning: Okay, this must be said before I continue with my review. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is NOT a YA novel...I know it comes across as one solely based on the book cover and description but no. NEW Adult is much more accurate. There are quite a few sex scenes which are described tastefully but in great detail. So with that said I will continue with my review.  Dominique aka "Dom" is a senior in High School soon to graduate with honors and move on to college with hopes of becoming a doctor. Dom wants nothing more than to becoming a doctor to help and heal people for a living. This has been a dream of hers since she was a little girl playing the game operation with her Dad.  While attending a HS football game with her friend Amy, Dom trips and falls down flat on her face. Embarrassed much? A boy comes to her rescue named Wesley. Wesley goes to another school, the same school her friend Amy attends. After their chance meeting, Amy helps Dom track down information about Wesley and ends up finding his  e-mail. Dom and Wesley begin e-mailing back and forth but soon decide to meet. Both have little experience with dating and romance since both Dom and Wesley really have never "really" dated before. They both experience their first real kiss together. Their first time making out and more so falling in love. Dom without a doubt knows that she is head over heals in love with Wesley and decides it's time to take the next step in their relationship. SEX!  Both Dom and Wesley are both virgins and know very little about what their doing. Of course, practice makes perfect.  As their romance and love grows; "something" happens to make everything change. An event that will either make or break Dom and Wesley's love forever.... Of course I am not going to tell you what. To find out read the book... Anatomy of a Boyfriend was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I am SO NOT kidding. I was totally floored by pretty much everything going on in the story. The romance between Dom and Wesley was so raw and beautiful. So simple and sweet. Daria Snadowsky took her time developing the relationship between the characters. Dom is a totally relatable character and by far gives the book so much depth and feeling. She is funny, witty and down right awesome! With Wesley, I was in a love-hate relationship with his character. Of course by the ending you will understand why.  I want to briefly talk about the "sex" in the book and why I feel there is no way this book should be shelved in the YA fiction. The love making or sex scenes were simply amazing to say the least. The author somehow was able to not only make these scenes super hot but tasteful as well. Dom and Wesley were both new to the act of sex and at times had no clue what they were doing. As their relationship grew and evolved I felt like I was there along side Dom seeing everything through her eyes.  Author Daria Snadowsky has easily become of my new favorite authors. Her writing style is flawless; almost lyrical.  Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a fast-paced, cute, funny, daring and charming read. A MUST read!
Liz_Winn More than 1 year ago
When high school senior Dominique meets Wesley Gershwin, a devoted member of the track team, it&rsquo;s pretty much love at first sight. Ordinarily Dominique, who plans to become a doctor, is only interested in making good grades, but after getting to know Wesley, she quickly goes mad for him. Fortunately for her, the feeling&rsquo;s mutual. They quickly begin a sexual relationship, but are worried about what will happen when it comes time to apply for colleges. Will their infatuation be able to survive a long-distance relationship? <br /> <br /> Full of much-needed wisdom for teens of today, Anatomy of a Boyfriend gives the skinny on first-time relationships and how they so often fail to meet expectations. (No, your first boyfriend probably won&rsquo;t be your last, your love does not outshine the sun, and your first time at sex will most likely be uncomfortable and disappointing.) It also focuses on anxiety-ridden issues like college life, personal identity, and brings to light the horrifying realization that, at 18, you may still have no idea what you want to do with your life. Although neither Dominique or Wesley are particularly memorable characters, their short-lived romance will serve as an enlightening experience for young adults. Recommended for Ages 16-18 for sexual content.