Discussing “Anatomy of a Single Girl” by Daria Snadowsky [CC Book Club]
Hello ladies! Thanks for joining me for another month of the CC Book Club. I hope you joined in and read Anatomy of a Single Girl with me, which was a fitting choice considering February is the month of love! Single Girl is the much-anticipated sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, which was published in 2008. As always, there will be SPOILERS in this review, so if you’ve not read either, I suggest you stop right here and pick up the duo instead!
Anatomy of a Boyfriend ends with Dominique (our protagonist) breaking up with Wes, her first real boyfriend and Single Girl starts with her now in college. She’s slightly pessimistic about love and has decided to focus on everything but. Dom is a science gal and aspires to be a doctor, so naturally she’s interning at the local hospital for the summer. There, she meets Guy Davies (whose name is scarily similar to my first-year calculus prof, Guy Davis — I kid you not) and decides that maybe she can have a fun summer fling if love is taken out of the equation. Dom’s story is paralleled by her best friend, Amy’s, who is a committed relationship and ends up engaged by the close, despite her wandering eye.
The book itself is quite frank about sex and it’s nice to see a story where the main character isn’t constantly chasing a boy; she’s happy to have a relationship that’s sex-only. However, I would have liked to see more unfold! The plot was lacking and just full of sex, sex, sex. I totally get where Snadowsky was trying to get with this, but I think she may have lost the connection with the audience with this. I didn’t feel excited for Dom or anxious about what may come; I was just an observer and not really involved in the story. The language used in the book is a bit contrived at times; do people actually say “mackin’ on you”? Maybe it’s just really weird to read it in print. However, I found myself cringing a few times at the phrases used.
Overall, Anatomy of a Single Girl has a good message and is a slightly more realistic depiction of a young adult relationship than we see in many YA novels. I recommend reading Anatomy of a Boyfriend right before Single Girl, as I think it adds a lot of context to the story!
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for: our March pick! Please join us in reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, a novel set in ancient China!