You will read reviews warning you that Anatomy Of A Boyfriend is sexually explicit. They’ll mention masturbation and oral sex as well as doing it. But, Anatomy Of A Boyfriend is really just the story of a smart teenage girl who gets completely, blindly, struck dumb by love.
Dominique dreams of going to med school, reads Gray’s Anatomy the way most teens read Stephen King and doesn’t seem the sort of girl who would lose her virginity on prom night. That’s just too corny for a girl like Dom. But a guy named Wesley fits the bill of knight in shining armor all too well and soon Dom is living and breathing for Wes’s every wish. I enjoyed the portrayal of Dom as smart girl who gets suckered into the romantic stereotype all too easily and I suspect teen girls will recognize their own voice in hers.
Anatomy Of A Boyfriend's graphic depiction of the fumbling we all experience while wading into the pool of our sexuality is dead on. It’s uncomfortable to remember and even more uncomfortable to discuss with our child. Most of us would like to just push it out of our mind, but if we look back toward our own firsts, remember our sexually bumbling selves, we know that it’s a universal experience and just another part of our child’s growing into adulthood. Even though the sexual can be wicked at times, what Anatomy Of A Boyfriend does best is expose the perplexity of love, its joys as well as its pains, in a genuine voice that many young girls, on the cusp of womanhood, can relate to.
Recommended for high school students and up.