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Anatomy of a Boyfriend    by Daria Snadowsky order for
Anatomy of a Boyfriend
by Daria Snadowsky
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Delacorte, 2008 (2007)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

From the title and cover art I was expecting a comic novel but Anatomy of A Boyfriend is not humorous. It is a serious story of first love. Dominique Baylor is a high school senior who has never had a boyfriend. So far all of the guys she's met are assholes or bores or both. Dominique's friend Amy doesn't have this problem. She adores guys. Amy wants to wait until college to do it but until then she'll do everything but.

Dominique stumbles and falls at a football game and is rescued by a cute boy with blazing blue eyes. Afterwards, she knows she's finally found someone she could like, but they didn't even exchange names. She and Amy sit down with the school yearbook and put a name to his face. Amy comes up with his email address and Dom emails him a thank you.

Starting with polite emails, Dom and Wesley get to know each other. It is weeks before they date and Dom has to initiate a relationship. Wesley has no more experience dating and kissing than Dom does, so they are well matched. When they finally kiss things are perfect.

Written in first person, Dominique is unafraid of her feelings, both sexual and emotional. She knows a lot about her body. She plans to be a doctor and some of her observations are almost clinical. She doesn't know much about love, but jumps right in, giving her heart and soul. In her book, Snadowsy examines teen love, how sex effects love, and first experiences with both.

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