Single Girl Rings True

In Daria Snadowsky’s new book Anatomy of a Single Girl, sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, 19-year-old college student Dominique recounts her journey of experiencing new physical and emotional firsts, discovering the correlation between love and lust, and learning to let go of the past and live in the moment.

Anatomy of a Single Girl details the summer fling between Dominique (Dom for short) and her frat boy boyfriend Guy. Dom has recently broken up with her first boyfriend, so she is wary of entering a new relationship. Furthermore, Guy and Dom disagree on critical topics such as marriage, having kids, and long-distance relationships. However, they put their differences aside, and begin dating. Both know that they will have to separate in the near future, which puts a strain on their relationship.  Eventually, Dom realizes that despite her physical attraction to Guy, their relationship isn’t very meaningful. She discovers that it will take many more relationships and break-ups before she finds the right person for her.

According the Snadowsky, many of Dom’s experiences come from her own or her friend’s lives. Anatomy of a Single Girl is true to the lives of many teen girls and women who have been unsure of whether or not to stay in a relationship or to recognize that the partnership may be in contrast with their best interest.

Snadowsky writes openly and honestly. She warns of mistaking physical attraction for love. She accurately depicts the complications of teenage relationships.

Anatomy of a Single Girl is a continuation of Anatomy of a Boyfriend, but first book is not a prerequisite.

I found Anatomy of a Single Girl to be an entertaining and enlightening book. I identified with Snadowsky’s message that friendships can help see us through many hardships. I also appreciated Dominique’s self-empowerment and the control she demonstrates over her own decisions. I think that the realism and honesty of the book contributed to its appeal; Dom’s story seems genuine.