The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
Release Date: May 4, 2013
Format: ebook, 278 pages
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Description from 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 helped with the cover reveal for this book, and I've had my eye on it ever since. It looked so cute! And it's dual POV. I love dual POV more than I can even explain to you. Having a view of the inside of more than just one character's head is so much fun. Plus, when the author does it right, it is awesome to have the separate voices of each character working to tell one, unified story.
So, as you may or may not be able to tell, I loved this book. It was adorable and so funny. I have SO MANY highlighted quotes in this on my Kindle, it is insane. I don't highlight quotes very often, y'all. I'm too lazy. So this is a huge deal.
Avery: She was very meek. It bothered me at first. But she was also cute, I'm not going to lie. Her character also grew so much throughout this book that it was nice to watch.
Grayson: THIS GUY. Goodness, I heart him. Kelly did a really great job of making Grayson an actual GUY and not just a girl who was, for all intents and purposes, a guy. He thought guy things, got baffled at the right times, and was just plain old amazing. (Yes, that DOES make sense, thank you very much.) Grayson was also hilarious.
Plot. I adore the premise of this book, and it was so great to watch it play out through the five stages of grief as the experiment went on. I also did a heck of a lot of giggling while reading this book. It was so awesome.
Romance. Grayson is swoony and Avery is such a sweet girl. These two work together so well. I honestly don't see why Avery was so hung up on Aiden when Grayson was RIGHT THERE the whole time. I mean, I understand why she would want Aiden as a friend--he was obviously caring even though he acted like a jerk sometimes--but...come ON. Grayson. Is. So. Hot. And nice. And funny. How can someone sane pass that up?!?! So yeah, Grayson & Avery are my couple.
The ending. The fact that there were two epilogues made me smile. And the epilogues themselves made me giggle. And laugh. They were perfect.
Overall, The Avery Shaw Experiment was a cute, funny book that had me laughing and swooning the whole way through. I loved every second of reading this book!