Sunday, 15 June 2014

Young Adult Review: THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT by Kelly Oram

Author: Kelly Oram
Publication date: May 4th, 2013
Publisher: Bluefields
Number of pages: 278
Date read: June 15th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Ebook
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(Description source: Goodreads)

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.


I think that it is actually impossible to not love this book right from the get-go. I was drawn to this book by the interesting title and the really cute and romantic cover, and knew I'd be buying it as soon as I'd finished reading the summary.

The Avery Shaw Experiment is an absolutely genius book, it had me laughing from the very start and totally swooning.

Avery has just had her heart broken and she doesn't know how to fix it.
So, she deals with things the only way she knows how: scientifically.
Avery figures out a way to heal her heart and to try to win the up-coming science fair all at once, and she enlists Grayson, the older brother of the guy who broke her heart, to help her out in enchange for helping him pass physics - for her experiment she's going to experience the stages of grief and hopefully cure her heart along the way.

I loved the alternating viewpoints, switching between Avery and Grayson.
Avery is sweet, unsure, and thinks she's in love with Aiden (Grayson's younger brother). Avery also suffers quite severe anxiety (which was great to read since not many YA characters suffer any mental health issues).

Grayson is gorgeous, flirty and beyond swoonworthy. He is the sweetest thing and does his best to help Avery in any way he knows how.
Aiden is a dick, for the most part.

Libby is Avery's best friend and she has to be one of the most hilarious characters ever written, she's blunt, no nonsense, a total smart-arse and is totally outgoing.
The interactions between Libby and Owen throughout the novel are so funny, it's insane.

This novel is witty, sweet, gorgeous and deal with things like social status, social science, mental health and what it means to gain and lose friends.
I loved this book, so incredibly cute! And the characters grow so much all throughout.

All I want right now is another novel by Kelly Oram to read because one is simply not enough!

I rate The Avery Shaw Experiment Five out of Five!!!

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