Dominique is a High School senior who dreams of becoming a doctor. She loves her school’s science quiz team and playing the board game Operation with her parents. She’s stressed about her studies and college applications but she soon finds someone to take her mind off of it all. This someone is a senior track star from another school named Wes. Wes is cute, sweet, polite, and into her.
Or so it seems. Dominique and Wes start to hang out and realizes a relationship can come out of this friendship. They quickly go from phone calls and e-mails to a physical relationship. With their relationship at an all time high, Dominique and Wes start college. They will not be attending the same school or even be in the same state. Can their relationship hold up under these circumstances?
Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Boyfriend is an intriguing read. It has a simple storyline which is great because that allows you to focus completely on the point of the story, to give you an inside look into a teen's first relationship and all the firsts that goes along with it. Dominique is a cool character, although whiny at times, but you can’t help but feel bad about the fluctuations of her first relationship. Maybe all Wes really offered her and the story was his anatomy.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a mature read due to the graphic nature of its sexual content. I feel this should be for ages 16 and up and not for readers as young as 14. I wouldn’t advise a 14 year old to read it. I do advise my 16 and older crowd to go and pick up a copy because it might get you to think about your first relationship and most importantly it will get you to think: Whatever happened to my game of Operation?