Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
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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.
This is hands down the cutest book I've ever read in my life. I don't even need to write anymore in my review - that's it.
Seriously, books like The Avery Shaw Experiment are the perfect example of why YA shouldn't be so easily dismissed. This book covers betrayal, friendship, first love, relationship conflict and learning to love yourself all of which don't only apply to teens.
Avery has had her heart broken, she's sure of it. The only other thing she's equally sure of is that there is a scientific method of fixing her heart. When her best friend that she's grown up with has broken her heart, she's left with a science fair project she now has to submit alone and no best friend. Thankfully (maybe not to him!), the older brother of her best friend is failing physics and the extra credit from joining the science club would be the best thing to keep him on the basketball team. Grayson is two years older than Avery and has watched her relationship with his brother from the sidelines, almost waiting for the inevitable train crash. Grayson was the perfect character to go through this journey with Avery for a couple of reasons:
1) he's known her her entire life ad therefore is able to get through to her in more difficult moments
2) he's basically perfect
3) He's patient and never pushes, even when he should
He stood up for Avery, when she couldn't and wouldn't stand up for herself and also integrated her wonderfully into his friendship group so that she wouldn't feel alone and always let her decide what she wanted, even if it wasn't what he wanted.
Now, I don't want anyone to think that I'm skipping over Avery. Avery Shaw is honestly amazing. As a reader, you honestly feel all of her emotions and want her to be okay. She's ridiculously strong headed and it made watching her temporarily retreat that much more sad. Her method of curing a broken heart used the idea of grief and when Avery went through depression I honestly felt that low point of her life with her. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed being in her head, she's whip smart, hilarious and the type of person anyone would be lucky to call a friend and even luckier to call their girlfriend, therefore making her a perfect match with Grayson.
I have to say this book was actually laugh out loud hilarious, which I have honestly found to be very rare. Books can be amusing, or funny but I believe it takes a really special author to make the book actually make you physically laugh. I honestly felt so lucky to have been introduced to this book.
Last words: This book was just as meaningful and funny as books that are "for" adults.
Recommend to: anyone looking for a funny book, all ages
Rating: 5 stars