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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

[Review] The Avery Shaw Experiment; Kelly Oram

The Avery Shaw Experiment
Release Date: May 4, 2013
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: eBook

Summary 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.

What I Thought: This book was silly, and predictable but exactly what I needed to bust out of my month long reading slump.At no point in this book was I surprised, or on the edge of my seat, but I really genuinely liked this book regardless, and I read it in one sitting.

The story is actually pretty unique: boy and girl grow up together and are best friends since literal birth, girl is in love with him and boy doesn't know, he tries to back off on friendship which devastates her and she turns getting over the broken heart into a science fair project with the help of HIS BROTHER. Of course you probably already know exactly how this book ends but honestly. I liked it.

The pacing was decent, the two different voices of Avery and Grayson were developed and strong and even the minor characters were really great. I honestly thing Avery's best friend, a very minor character, was my favorite part of this book. Finally, this book didn't follow the trope of popular kids are mean, science kids are socially awful, etc. The portrayal of both "cliques" felt more true than a lot of YA books, and the depiction of nerd culture wasn't terrible either.

Read this if: you're looking for a quick read, and want something that's a little bit unique but still pretty predictable, or if you just want a cute, easy romance.

Out of 5☆: 4/5

This book was 13/100 for 2014

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