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Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria SnadowskyAnatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky ( website | tweet )
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Target audience: Mature young adult
Keywords: summer break from college, med school, sex, relationships
Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!)

Summary: Dom, a pre-med major, is home for summer break and hoping to spend some time with her best friend, Amy, and her supportive parents. She’s also still trying to get over high school boyfriend, and survive the longest period of time she’s been home since they broke up. Will she spend the summer wallowing or will she find someone or something to distract her?

I was not expecting Anatomy of a Single Girl, the first book I’ve started and finished this year, to be more than a fluffy, fun read. Nothing wrong with that. But lemme tell you, it shocked me. Shocked me because it was so much smarter than that, shocked me so much because I was blushing like a maniac because it was overflowing with sex. And not only the kind you have with a hot guy, trying to get your first O (oh that’s in there too) but um, the self-pleasing kind as well.

See? I’m all nervous just typing that!

I am all for girl power: ladies like Carrie Bradshaw and Jessica Darling, who know how they feel and what they want. Not only in their personal lives but for their professional ones too. Main character Dom is a science geek, friends! A science geek who is also still cool, pretty, likes her parents, and has a great relationship with her best friend, Amy. Dom wants to be a doctor, and has been memorizing Gray’s Anatomy since she was in high school.

Now she’s on break from college, after working her ass off, and she needs some relief from those finals. RELIEF. If you remember or if you are experiencing it now, summers home are tough. Friends can change, your parents might seem a little boring, and, man oh man, that freedom you so loved at school may not come as easily. Snadowsky has this down including the super supportive parents who are always begging for more time with their kid.

And where’s Dom? Volunteering at the hospital, and hanging out with Guy, who loves science as much as she does. I love this girl so much because she is SO herself, whether it’s geeking out or thinking so black and white about relationships. Most of us has been there: what’s the point of dating for fun or having a fling if there’s no future? (Okay, so I used to have this mindset so I get it.) Like me, Dom has a problem just LETTING GO + it seems the mission of the summer is all wrapped in that.

In the meantime, her bestie, Amy, is in a committed relationship but dares to flirt and be forward with the boys anyway. I liked this parallel a lot. Amy and Dom have this cool friendship you could only hope for. College can change the dynamics between friends so much, and they manage to fall back into old times as soon as they see each other — even when there are some growing pains to deal with. You can tell they also keep great touch despite going to different colleges, miles and miles away from each other.

You know, I had absolutely no idea that Snadowsky had written a previous book about Dom. But the snappy, honest writing (even with Dom’s long-winded and technical thought process) never made me feel like I was missing anything or getting an intense recap from book 1. I love when authors write a series but each book can also be seen as a standalone. In fact, since finishing Single Girl, I’ve read Anatomy of a Boyfriend and I felt majorly grateful to read another book that was so open about sexuality, virginity, and the dreaded leaving high school for college process.

Snadowsky knows how to write women — strong, flawed women who are open to discovering their bodies and what makes them feel good. (Whether it’s science or sex.)

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June 1, 2015 - 7:53 pm

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January 11, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - Hehe! This sounds exactly like my kind of book! I added it to my wish list before I was done reading your review. I loooove when you think a book is going to be fluff and then it surprises you! I can’t wait to read it.

January 10, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Kristen Evey - Yay for sex positive books! We certainly could use more of them. Particularly (but not limited to) sex positive books for girls. Great review, Estelle. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list. 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Annie - This sounds really good…and totally realistic!!! I think this will definitely be the next book I read!!! 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - This sounds really fun and different, I’m definitely adding it to my to read list. Do you think it would have been better to read the first book first, or did it really work going straight to this one?

January 10, 2013 - 11:07 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Darn you!
I just culled my Goodreads TBR and took Anatomy of a Boyfriend off of the list.

BACK ON IT GOES!

But really it sounds like I’m the one who made the poor decision to take it off of my list so I should be thanking you…

So thank you for growing my TBR yet again, friend!

January 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Leah - I’m a little shocked I’ve never heard of this book before! This sounds like a story written just for me. It’s so refreshing to come across a story that doesn’t shy away from sex (particularly the solo kind!) and that highlights what it’s really like to move away for the first time and deal with all that entails.

Also, yay for books that can be read as stand-alones!

January 9, 2013 - 8:07 pm

VeganYANerds - I love, love, love books that can be honest about love/sex – I’m so sick of reading books that brush over it or make it all about fireworks!

And I love that this takes a look at friendships because they are so important, especially when you’re going off in separate ways for uni/college

January 9, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Rachel - When you were telling me about this one, I didn’t think to add it to my TBR list. (No idea why.) But after reading your review, I’m adding it ASAP! Sounds like a really great book.

January 9, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - YES! Finally a college-age setting that looks super cool! The cover for the books is so witty and hilarious! Kudos to the designer. Definitely putting this on my TBR list. Thanks for review!

January 9, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Wow, what a glowing review! I really want to read this one now! As a college student, I’m always interested in books with MCs in college, but they tend to be few and far between.

January 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Rowena - Ooh, this one looks good. Thanks for the review, I just put this book on my TBB list. I’m looking forward to getting it for myself.

January 9, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I like that this book tackles realistic issues that a lot of other YA books seem to gloss over/shy away from. Like the sex stuff, we really only get implications of it from other authors, but the fact that Snadowsky does it in a very honest way is totally cool. I can’t wait to check it out!

January 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read this one! I can’t wait to find out more about what happened to Dom after the first book, especially as this one sounds as shocking (in a good way).

January 9, 2013 - 10:42 am

Rachel - Ahh! This book sounds so good! Since I stick mainly to YA, I don’t get to read many books that deal with characters my age, so this sounds perfect. I’m excited to get my hands on a copy 🙂

January 9, 2013 - 9:22 am

Cynthia - I was curious about this one after you mentioned it on Twitter now I really want to read it! I love books where the writer is not afraid to write about this type of stuff. Sounds like a lot of fun!! =)

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