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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

About a month ago, I reviewed Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Boyfriend. I knew I was going to jump into it's companion novel, Anatomy of a Single Girl, soon after I'd finished the story. Feel free to check out my review of the first book, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, here. A few days ago I finally had cleared some time to give this one a read and see how Dom's story had changed since last we left her in AOAB.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
So how did this one measure up?

What I Liked: 1) The first thing I noticed was that Dom had gained a level of maturity that she'd been missing in the first book. It was refreshing to see such clear growth, both from the character and the author. I truly felt that Dom was acting her age as a college freshman, and picked up on some of the changes in her just from the events that happened in book one. It was also obvious that Dom had learned from some of her past...mistakes, and was opening up again. 2) There were some great relationships explored in Anatomy of a Single Girl. A majority of the first book discussed first love, among other firsts and primarily that relationship with the first boy. But in this one, Dom opens up to different types of relationships with guys - such as discovering how to navigate the waters post-break-up, or having a casual summer fling. But my favorite, which was really a part of the background most of the time, was Dom's relationship with Calvin, and how she accepts that she can be happy being who she is as a single girl and having him as a true friend. This was one of the best lessons for Dom to learn, since she didn't have much experience with guys before Wes. 3) Some of the secondary characters really added a lot to the story. Dom's best friend Amy, for one, has a lot more experience with boys that Dom does, but is now in a serious committed relationship. It was so out of character for Amy that it was really interesting to see how she was reacting to the ups and downs of that relationship while Dom was exploring her own casual fling. 4) The humor. Miz Snadowsky has a great flair for humor, and it comes across through her characters, despite the fact that she's putting them in some trying situations.

What I Didn't Like: While I was pleased that Dom has matured to the level she needed to be at, she still did a couple of things that I thought was out of character. For example, when she suddenly became a horn-dog and bailed on all of her responsibilities in order to...scratch the itch. But hey, I guess I can't fault her too much.

Overall Thoughts: It was obvious to me early on, that author Daria Snadowsky is continuing to develop her talent and grow as a writer. The character development of Anatomy of a Single Girl was fabulous, and her storyline was almost seamless. There were a few glitches that just twinged the edges of my personal taste, but it was a very enjoyable read. It has a few graphic scenes, but that's to be expected based on the cover and description of the book. I definitely enjoyed reading Anatomy of a Single Girl and think a lot of other will too. As a side note: you don't have to have read Anatomy of a Boyfriend to understand what's happening in Anatomy of a Single Girl, but I'd recommend it. It just makes it better.

My Rating: 4 shots

1 comment:

  1. Great review! This book is going into my TBR list. :) Also, I like how the book cover matches your blog.


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