Book Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy #2) by Daria Snadowsky

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

Release Date: January 8, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Review copy from author

I started Anatomy of a Single Girl soon after I finished book one, Anatomy of a Boyfriend.  I liked Dominique a lot and was invested in the outcome of her story.  I wanted to know if Dominique would get her happily ever after, and how her college career would bide in the face of her devastating break up.

I liked Anatomy of a Single Girl even more than Anatomy of a Boyfriend.  There was much more character growth in this novel, which I loved.  There's nothing that I like to read about more than character growth, and to see positive change in many of the main characters was very gratifying.  Dominique really comes into her own as an adult and that was my favorite thing about this book.  

Snadowsky is very direct about sex.  That was a little bit shocking for me while reading book one, but this time, I was ready for the candidness and I found myself appreciating it.  Snadowsky's books are different from others in the genre.  There is an emphasis on honesty and self-discovery, and I think that is very appropriate for the NA age group.  Snadowsky also places a priority on safe sex, which I welcomed.

Anatomy of a Single Girl had an emphasis on friendships, and how friendships change as teens age, especially through the college years.  I liked reading about Dominique and Amy's friendship and their ups and downs reminded me of my friends at that age. 

As much as I enjoyed Snadowsky's directness, it almost made the book feel unemotional for me.  I can't put my finger on it, but I wasn't as emotionally invested in the characters as I wanted to be.  Dominique's voice was refreshingly different, but in the end I found myself wishing for more of a connection to her. 

Despite my one complaint, I really enjoyed the Anatomy series and would definitely read Daria Snadowsky again.

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