Parents' Guide to

Anatomy of a Boyfriend

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Graphic first love -- & sex -- story better for older teens.

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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

best book I've ever read :)

this book is GREAT, i read it when i was 13 and LOVED it. It is informational as well as witty. Dominique is a character that so many teenage girls can relate to. The relationship between Wes and Dominique is one that really can be described as first love; even though it ends in heartache, it shows how teenagers can often mistake love and how to get over it. I'm a big reader and i love reading books like these; I've read Judy Blume's Forever and was not as taken by it as i was with this one. I've read this book front to back about ten times in the last five years and i still laugh and cry at the appropriate parts. Teenage girls should read this book, there are so many important life lessons that you can't get anywhere else. It should be turned into a movie :)))))))))

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Educational value
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Too much sex
age 12+

Stop sheltering children.

I think that your children will do fine with this book. If they are 13 or under they may have questions, but you as a parent should be willing to answer them in a way that doesn't make them uncomfortable. I promise that over half of American children ages 12-13 already know about the content in this book (sex, kissing, ect.) If they don't they will soon, so why not put a positive influence in their minds so they'll do the right thing. Sex is natural and normal and they need to know that. Also, if your child can't handle it then you aren't doing a very good job with them, now are you?

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4):
Kids say (7):

First love and first times are very dramatic, no doubt, but they're not always on display so graphically, with how-to manual-style details. Written in the first person, the book lets readers get up close and personal with Dominique's thoughts, feelings, apprehensions, and pleasures. Like many teens, she communicates as much through email, text messaging, and cell phones as she does in person. And she's much more candid via email, in fact, especially when she's making a big relationship decision. For readers at this junction between high school and college romance, this book may give them something to ponder, but younger readers may be overwhelmed by the protagonist's obsession with her boyfriend and the explicit details of their relationship.

Book Details

  • Author: Daria Snadowsky
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: February 19, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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