The Avery Shaw Experiment – Kelly Oram

Synopsis

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.

Review

Oh my goodness, this was so, so CUTE. I was really surprised. It was sweet and hilarious — total pop-sugar confectionary heaven.

It was like Dumped By Popular Demand (one of my favourite books when I was a kid) amped up and older. I have such a soft spot for nerdy business. And can we take a moment to appreciate Libby? She is Rebel Wilson’s soul sister.

Oram’s voice is a little young. But it’s all in good fun, and built up some adorable moments. Each one was a zany romp, and looking back, I wish I could live out Avery’s life. Yeah, it was pretty shallow and surface-level at times, but the whole story was so cute that I forgave it. You need a fun, light-hearted read every now and then.

Avery was so innocent and clueless that it was almost maddening, but it made Grayson’s perspective all that much better since we got to see him pull strings from the outside. Perhaps it was all a little easy and far-fetched, but if anyone is ever in need of a cheery pick-me-up, this adorable story is a winner.

Related Reading

  • That Boy series – Jillian Dodd (same innocent protagonist, same type of love)
  • The Boys Next Door – Jennifer Echols
  • Dumped by Popular Demand – P.G. Kain (tweeny-style, but it’s all THERE)

Rating: 5/5

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