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The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. 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.

The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. She needs to live.

Was the earth suddenly titled off its axis? Were the boundaries of space and time blurring, causing reality to splinter off into alternative universes? When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. She hypothesizes that by experiencing the traditional stages of the grieving process after a devastating breakup, one can mend a broken heart and learn to love again.

I called it Post Shower Avery and Grayson. She usually got mad at me for that. Enter Grayson Kennedy. I had no freaking clue how to handle that, much less what to do about it. But I had to do something. Grayson is a fascinating character. That moment was the first time I realized that I really, really liked Avery, and that I wanted her to like me too.

For real like me. Popular, suggestive, confident, and often times a little crude, Grayson is the classic unapologetic womanizer who changes his ways for the love of a good woman, a character type we often see again and again in young adult literature. Thankfully, there is a little more to Grayson than initially meets the eye.

Introspective, intelligent, and more observant than Avery gives him credit for, Grayson is willing to step outside of his comfort zone and shows a considerable amount of growth throughout the novel, and in doing so breaks through the ordinary stereotypical construction of this sort of character.

I really did enjoy learning, and I spent my entire life in the blissful world of social obscurity. Grayson Kennedy changed all that in the span of a single lunch period. Thankfully, Grayson is willing to change as well, which somewhat negated my irritation concerning his attempts to make over Avery. Ultimately, he is a better person for his relationship with Avery, and is not solely interested in changing her to suit his preferences.

If you can change your mind, then he can too. He just needs a wakeup call. Avery Shaw was initially a more difficult character to warm up to. Perpetually on the verge of tears and painfully shy to the point that dancing in public sends her into paroxysms of anxiety, Avery certainly had the potential to be rather insipid and annoying.

There were glimmers of potential in Avery, such as when she applies her understanding of physics to a particularly interesting game of pool, that managed to save her being an otherwise insufferable heroine. Do I wish she could have been a more assertive and interesting character? You are fully evolved. Somehow I managed not to smile. I studied the less-evolved human a moment and then pushed Aiden a little further down the line.

Neanderthal Man was tempting, but I walked him all the way back to Homo Erectus. While there are an innumerable number of stories that feature the ubiquitous bookworm, which I can only assume is a thinly-veiled attempt by some authors to appeal to their readership, there are very few protagonists, particularly females, who show an interest in the hard sciences. Take that as you will. In this instance, however, I had less of a problem with this given that Grayson and Avery already have a significant history.

He really just wants to take you out. You kissed me once in the name of science. The story is told from the alternating first person perspective of both Avery and Grayson.

I never had any difficulty differentiating between the two — Grayson and Avery were distinct characters with very different, and easily identifiable, perspectives.

A beautiful people. A jock. Why do you think we were so happy to keep your presence in our club secret? I also loved the assorted, secondary characters that populated the novel. While none are examined in any great depth, I appreciated that Pam and Chloe, despite being both popular and beautiful, are not automatically portrayed as cruel or untrustworthy. Unashamed of who they are, the science club members revel in their intelligence and do not feel intimidated by Grayson simply because he is more popular and handsome.

Brash, outspoken and sexually liberated, Libby is unapologetic about who she is and unafraid of what others might think of her. I desperately wish we could have learned more about her over the course of the novel. Libby stole every scene she appeared in, and I for one would love to read a novel entirely from her perspective, particularly if it revolved around the rather unconventional and unexpected relationship that blossoms between Libby and Owen.

Right now. For purely scientific purposes, of course. I read this novel in a matter of hours one afternoon in the hospital while my mom was undergoing surgery, and it was a welcome distraction. Currently retailing on Amazon. Overall Rating. Around The Web. Still not sure this is the right book for you? Why not listen to what some other bloggers had to say about it? I hope Kelly writes more of these stories because it was one of my favorite books from this year!

Featuring two lovable leads, entertaining and mostly nice supporting characters, plus a bit of gravity late in the story to keep things from being too sugary, The Avery Shaw Experiment is a perfect easy-breezy read for summer or whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. So I was reading and going with the flow, then everything came to a grinding halt when I got to their birth year. Kids born in the late 90s are still itty bitty babies in my mind.

Your review definitely piqued my interest. I know, right? Jen Pop! You never feel older than at that moment. I read a book with a heroine born in the late 90s and I flipped out. How is that even possible? Then I did the math and it IS possible. It was quite cute.

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The Avery Shaw Experiment

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. 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. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. She needs to live.


Review: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

This is one of the first e-books I read on my iPad. But, I think Kelly Oram plays with this theme to such an extent that she practically creates her own genre. Basically, Avery and Aiden have been best friends all their lives forced together by their moms since before birth. Avery has been in love with Aiden for years, but has been afraid to tell him. He never talks about any other girls. At that point, she turns a little melodramatic in my opinion even if she is diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and decides to do her project on the stages of grief comparing heartbreak to loss.

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