Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Finished or ARC: e-book, finished
Source: Bought on Amazon.com
Rating: 5 starfish
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.
Funny. That is the first thing you need to know about this book. It is funny. I was laughing through the whole things (except at the part where Aiden was being a jerk!). The concept of the book, trying to get over a broken heart through science, is hilarious and interesting. The seven stages of grief-go through them to cure a broken heart. At first, I thought the idea of stupid given that Avery never had a boyfriend, but after reading about her, it made sense.
The plot itself is great.Only a true nerd would think to use her heartache as a science project. I loved that her partner was a jock, but a fun loving one. Not a mean, "I'm only hear because I'm failing" jock. Avery's and Grayson's relationship through the whole was a comedy but very sweet. While they did this project, both Avery and Grayson learned much about themselves. Avery comes to understand that she doesn't always have to shy away. Grayson learned that he was indeed, very smart and just had to apply himself.
This book is a definite read for anyone looking for a quick and fun read.