Book Review: The Biology of a Single Girl

By Maggie C.

As a single girl, I thought it would only be fitting that I do a book review on the novel (I use that term loosely) Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky. I had hoped for the best when I first opened the cover, completely ignoring the wide line spacing and forgetting about the Barbie doll on the front cover, but unfortunately I was overwhelmingly unimpressed. Perhaps it is because this book tries to hard to be relevant to High School students, but stands at a middle school reading level due to the corny language used throughout.

First of all, the main character, Dominique, is barely single throughout the course of the book. She is not lonely or lusting after a boy who will never love her, she has a boy who loves her at Tulane, and when she comes home for the summer she promptly meets another boy. “Dom” is a premed student at Tulane living the typical “girl-next-door” story with her beautiful best friend, Amy. Amy is an aspiring artist who attends Amherst College. I feel as though that’s probably the weirdest part because Amherst is too good of a school for someone to attend purely for art. I am sure there are people there who aspire to pursue a career in the arts, but I think Amherst is more of a place where people go if they want to be the President.

So Dom meets this guy and totally falls head over heels in lust with him. He is cliché surfer guy attractive with his tan skin and curly blonde hair, and he is a brilliant physics major! The worst part is though… this guys name is Guy. Even though he is a rising senior in college and she is a rising sophomore, they both get embarrassed when he says, “lets do it,” in a completely nonsexual way. Plus, they continue to joke about it throughout the book. It just seems immature to me.

Dom sounds like the nut job that boys tend to peg the typical female as. She has a complete heart attack in the drawn out and dramatic event when Guy kisses her, and freaks out on their THIRD date when he says he does not think he wants to get married.  She finally gets over it, and they basically become friends with benefits, but before they do anything sexually explicit, she makes both of them get tested for STD’s. This could have been a very page turning part if one of them did have STD’s, but they both came out clean, so that was kind of unfortunate, in a level of reader interest kind of way.

Throughout the book, she continuously comes back to mourning her ex-boyfriend, saying how it has taken her so long to get over him, even though they broke up in December, and she’s basically fine in June. She has one scene of desperation in her bath tub, but for the most part, she is fine.

I can not say I would recommend this book, but it is not the worst book I have ever read, so if anyone does want to read it feel free to check it out of the school library.

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