Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) by Daria Snadowsky (Delacorte Press, 2007, 264pp.)
When high school senior Dominique meets Wesley Gershwin, a devoted member of the track team, it’s pretty much love at first sight. Ordinarily Dominique, who plans to become a doctor, is only interested in making good grades, but after getting to know Wesley, she quickly goes mad for him. Fortunately for her, the feeling’s mutual. They quickly begin a sexual relationship, but are worried about what will happen when it comes time to apply for colleges. Will their infatuation be able to survive a long-distance relationship?
Full of much-needed wisdom for teens of today, Anatomy of a Boyfriend gives the skinny on first-time relationships and how they so often fail to meet expectations. (No, your first boyfriend probably won’t be your last, your love does not outshine the sun, and your first time at sex will most likely be uncomfortable and disappointing.) It also focuses on anxiety-ridden issues like college life, personal identity, and brings to light the horrifying realization that, at 18, you may still have no idea what you want to do with your life. Although neither Dominique or Wesley are particularly memorable characters, their short-lived romance will serve as an enlightening experience for young adults. Recommended for Ages 16-18 for sexual content.