Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Pub Date: May 4th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
Synopsis: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.
The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.
Source: From the author.
Cover Talk: The cover is pretty & cute but I like the Hungarian one better.
My Thoughts: This book was so cute! I had a goofy smile on my face all through the book. It was short and sweet and adorable and I loved it!
Story: The story was nice. I like how Oram wrote all these relationships. It was light and fun and enjoyable. I loved the romance! Avery & Grayson were so perfect together! I really liked the idea of going through the stages of grief to cure a broken heart and how Avery went through them was interesting. All the different kinds of relationships mentioned in this book, the mixing of social classes, the breaking of stereotypes, it was all nice to read.
Writing: I love Kelly Oram! I love her writing and her books! Her words just make me feel so good and mushy inside! She really makes me feel for the characters. She transports me into her books. I love the humor, the emotions. I seriously love everything about her books!
Characters: I really liked Avery. She was a nice change from Rose (from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead). Avery was shy and timid and nice. But she was also flawed in how much dependent on Aiden she was. I love how she changed by the end of the book. She wasn't one of my favorite book girls but I really liked her.
I loved Grayson! He was charming, funny, caring, adorable! He was a really nice guy and I loved his relationship with Avery.
I'm not sure how I feel about Aiden. He made me angry but I also felt sorry for him. I understood his actions but he was also kind of frustrating.
I really liked Libby & Oliver! Libby was weird but so much fun and Oliver was nice. I can't wait for The Libby Garrett Intervention!
All the other side characters were great and well-written! They all felt like real people.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it if you are in the mood for a short, fun read. It was the perfect break from the emotional roller-coaster the Vampire Academy series is taking me through.
About The Author:
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.