Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Shelf: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

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.

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The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram is a quick, addictively endearing read that will have you smiling from start to finish!

Oh, did I ever like this book. From the very opening chapter I was drawn into the fun, addictive story Kelly Oram has created with The Avery Shaw Experiment. While it wasn't necessarily a long book, it was very entertaining and enjoyable to read--the perfect way to spend an evening!

The plotline was fresh and funny, and really quirky. Told in dual POV, The Avery Shaw Experiment switches back and forth between main characters Avery and Grayson's POV and featured so many sweet and funny moments that I didn't want to put the book down--honestly, I read it in two short sittings!

Our female lead Avery is sweet and shy, a typical nerd who has a good heart and hidden sass. Avery was a really nice girl to read about. Your typical 16 year old "nerd", it was impossible not to love Avery and truly want the best for her. As she manages to grow in confidence with Grayson's help throughout the book, author Kelly Oram also explores Avery's insecurities in a very believable way.

As Avery's partner in this book, and even the actual Avery Shaw Experiment, Grayson Kennedy proves to be a real sweetie in this book. He may have been a jock and a true guy in so many ways, but in his heart, Grayson was nothing but kindness and good nature, especially where Avery was concerned. From the very beginning, Grayson was nothing but good to Avery; he was always there for her, no matter what she needed and he never treated her in any way wrong. Honestly, he was the perfect guy for her in this book. He was funny, and naughty and knew just what she needed most of the time, whether that was a naughty little joke or a perverted comment, or just a hug. Grayson certainly made me swoon.

Together, Avery and Grayson really were delightful to read about. I felt Oram wrote their relationship very well. Things may seem to come on fast between them, especially when you think from Grayson's POV, but you also have to understand that these two have been in each others lives their entire life....they're only now just starting to explore things. Honestly, their relationship was one of sweet, innocent first love, and it really was an endearing one to witness unfold in such a quirky way!

I really adored the characters in this book. From our two main characters, Avery and Grayson to Avery's "nerd herd" as Grayson calls them, to Grayson's group of friends, they were all really fun to read about and kept a smile one my face the whole time I was reading. Grayson's best friend Owen and Avery's Libby proved to be an unexpected delight with their dynamic. Honestly, I saw these two coming from the beginning, but that didn't make them any less hilarious to read about!

As an enjoyable contemporary novel, The Avery Shaw Experiment hits the nail on the head. From beginning to end it's nothing but fun and entertainment that will truly suck you in. If you're looking for that perfect read to spend an afternoon, then look no further, because The Avery Shaw Experiment is it!

Source: Sent by the author for review (Thank you Kelly!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Recommendation: Fans of a feel-good contemporary--this is for you!
Cover: Love it! It's so cute and the yellow just shines!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: So far, this is a stand alone, but I'll happily read more by Kelly Oram

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