Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Anatomy #2
Source: ARCycling (Thank You)Rating: ★★★½
With Judy Blume-like honesty and insight, this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about life after first love--romance, sex, friendship, family, and the ups and downs of life as a single girl.*If you've not read the first book yet, you may want to check my review for it here since this review contains a huge spoiler for it*
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.
Like the first book, Anatomy of a Single Girl is sure a fun read. I found myself laugh out loud a lot of time. After the "break up" happened in the first book, I thought this one would be somewhat depressing since this book is about the aftermath. I think first love break up is always the hardest because that's the first time you experience loss and disappointment (I'm only talking about love here). Things not always are the same no matter how much we want it. And since breakup is not an easy subject, kind of on the sensitive side also, so I was glad that the tone of this book is light and not too dramatic. In another word, this book is not a boring read at all.
Anatomy of a Single Girl sends a lot of messages about love, life and sex that I wish I could have read it before I went to college (I said the same thing for the first book too. Just that the first book is like a love guide for high school and this book is for college). I liked the ending for this book because I think it's the right choice. It's just realistic. And since I think, for love don't ever settle for less, I've never blamed Calvin for what he did (I also kind of disliked Dom when she got mad because of it).
Overall this is indeed a good book. I think teens will love it a lot because it's just so honest about love & sex.
PS: Below is my favorite quote. Keep in mind that I'm not a love expert or anything and some of you may not agree with me. Everyone is different and this is just my two cents =)
"That's just it --- I want us both to do all the cool things we want, where we want, and not be held back by anything, or anyone. And later, whenever our careers are solid and we've lived all that crap, who knows could have happen?"
I agree with this quote because I think they're missing out on life if they are married too young or thinking about marriage at the age of 18-21. And yes I know that some couple married young and they make it work and live happily. Good for them. But how can they really know for sure if they never once go out there and explore the world. It's not like I encourage random hookup but just don't make it the priority of life because college is for you to explore your career options and see the world. If love comes with it, great but don't throw out your personal goal for it.