In the interest of full disclosure, let me start this by saying that I did not read Anatomy of a Boyfriend. I don’t think that this had too much of an effect on my opinion of the book, though, because no prior knowledge is really necessary.
In Anatomy of a Single Girl, Dom is still reeling from the breakup with her high school sweetheart. Now in the summer after her first year of college, she’s completely sworn off guys – that is, until she meets a really hot guy while she’s volunteering at the local hospital. Guy (that’s his name) turns out to be really smart, too, and he and Dom have some great conversations about science and medicine. Their relationship is the greatest when they’ve first met, before they let anything else get in the way of their friendship. They have a great friendship – watching movies, trying new foods, hanging out on the beach – until they ruin it by getting their hormones involved.
Dom decides that after her serious relationship failed, she wants to see what it’s like to hook up with a guy with no strings attached, so she and Guy begin an exclusive friends-with-benefits relationship. At this point, the serious, studious Dom disappears. Dom had previously said that she wouldn’t let any guy distract her from her carefully planned pre-med major, but after knowing Guy for approximately two days, she’s already forgotten that promise. Dom says that she won’t let anything get in the way of spending time with her parents, but there she is again, hanging out with Guy and blatantly lying to them about it. Guy makes it clear from the beginning that he’s not looking for a relationship, he definitely doesn’t want to get married, he doesn’t want to have children, and this thing isn’t going to go past the summer. Dom agrees, and then repeatedly throws tantrums when she realizes that she and Guy aren’t building anything long-term.
Dom throws a lot of tantrums, and she’s a very unlikable character. I found it really tedious to try to keep up with her emotions – one minute, she’s thrilled, the next she’s angry, then she’s okay again, then she’s breaking up with Guy. Then they’re back together, only to repeat the cycle again. If I were Guy, I wouldn’t put up with her. I thought that he behaved really admirably for a teenage boy, being upfront with what he wanted even when he knew that it wasn’t what Dom wanted to hear.
I was pretty happy with the first half of the book – it was a solid three stars. But then Dom became downright annoying and I struggled to keep reading. Luckily, the book is just over 200 pages, so I was able to finish it in a couple hours. Overall, it’s not bad, just not particularly good. I’m left feeling more or less indifferent to it.
Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for the free copy.
Final rating: ★★☆☆☆