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The Avery Shaw Experiment [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Oram
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Bluefields (May 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMLBK9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In some ways, this story has been done before. A lot. Nerdy girl gets together with popular jock. She gets a makeover, they fall for each other, some drama intercedes, but they come together in the end. But the details, the humor, and the complexities of the characters make this story really a pleasure to read.

For one thing, the makeover that she gets is pretty profound, and is mostly not about her looks. The titular heroine, Avery, has a social anxiety disorder and has had an unhealthily codependent relationship with Aiden, her best friend and long-time crush. These are real issues that people can face but I can't recall another story that deals with them without being OTT angsty. For another, Grayson, the hero, realizes his feelings way before the makeover - he's known her since birth, but it takes her vulnerability and availability for him to really see her in a new light, and the way it's done is both believable and non-shallow.

One thing that I admire is that this story doesn't gloss over her issues, and Grayson helps her deal with them without ever expecting her to turn into an extrovert. In the end, Avery still has social anxiety, she's just happier, more sure of herself, and better able to cope when things trigger it. I also admire how the story feels interesting and quick and fun, while developing of a bunch of different relationships. There's a full cast of secondary characters. You expect to see the development of the romance between the hero and heroine, but we also get growth in the relationships between the mothers and their kids, between the various friends, even between the science teacher and the hero. This could have felt distracting, but it was deftly handled.

However, admiring something and loving it are two different things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was so much fun to read! May 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was so much fun to read! I wish I could think of a better word than 'fun' but that sums it up perfectly. Avery is a classic teen science geek and Grayson is that High School Jock with a heart of gold. The resulting events of their experiments to get her over being dumped by Adien, Grayson's brother, are so much fun that I had a permanent smile plastered on my face. I understand that this is the first time the author has written a novel from a dual point of view and I am so glad she did since all my favorite parts are told from Grayson's perspective. So get ready for a supper cute and supper fun novel that will tug at all the right heartstrings!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geek meets Jock. A Super Cute Read!! July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What can I say about this book? Well, it was just a cute and sweet read all around. It became a prefect break book. A book you want read when you need a breather from the heavier kind of books. That is exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this book, and it was such a fun read. I've read Kelly's book, Being Jamie Baker, so I was excited to start The Avery Shaw Experiment. It was different from her other book, but still had those Oram qualities that I just loved in Being Jamie Baker. It's her fun, humorous, and quirky writing style that just pulls me in.

I really enjoyed everything about this book. The cute, amazing main character, Avery, has been crushing on her best friend, Aiden, since forever. They have literally been together since they were babies and have been inseparable since. So, when Avery gets some unexpected news from Aiden that really turns her world upside down she sets out to do an experiment. How to fix her broken heart.

Avery was a fun character to read about, and going through her situation, and everything she experiences was a fun ride. Even though she was very blind and naïve about some things, I found her enjoyable and sweet. But after everything goes down with Aiden, she did finally show that she is more than meets the eye, she showed everyone she was much stronger than she appears. That's when I really liked her character.

Grayson! I loved him. He's Aiden's older brother and when Avery gets hurt, he becomes that steady rock she needs. They enter each other's worlds, which are completely different. Avery is the geek and Grayson is the jock. They never really were close, but when he decides to help Avery with her experiment they realize they have much more in common. Grayson was just a joy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfreakingbelievably Fantastic! July 15, 2013
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How many times do you come across a book and all the reviews say it's phenomenal? And they're telling the truth? Not so often. But this book? Hell yeah. It's pretty damned awesome and I don't think there was anything about it I didn't love.

Avery is amazing. She's smart, she funny, she's incisive. Plus she's adorable. And Grayson? Well, he's pretty much the same. I kind of really liked everyone in this book from the Moms to the science teacher. Especially Libby, Owen and the Nerd Herd. I even liked Aidan. Totally understood where he was coming from. No social skills or tact to speak of, but he really did have a heart. Plus, even schmucks can learn.

This book is totally self-contained, and there would be no point in writing a sequel to it except to make me happy. So please, write a sequel to it ande make me happy. And yes, this would make an amazing movie. Kelly Oram is now officially a Goddess of Words. I will now buy all of her books, which will probably pay for one of her kids to buy an ice cream in college, but if everyone bought all of her books, well, it could pay for college and grad school. So help Kelly and buy her books...she deserves to be rich and famous!

One last thing: I always complain about the cover and how the models look absolutely nothing like the character's descriptions. Not so here. Perfect casting. Every time I thought about what the characters looked like, the models on the cover popped into my head. I love when that happens, because it almost never does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Read
Really enjoyed this book. Light hearted and fun.
Published 1 day ago by Mink5
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute.
Published 3 days ago by Julia Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best YA romance novel ever!!!!
It was awesome. Trust me when I say this...this book was the best 3 dollars I have ever spent! Buy this book and I promise you will never look back!!!😆
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So great!
This really was a wonderful book! The characters were so cute and detailed and I just loved how much science was incorporated into this sweet, hilarious, and totally swoon worthy... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Linsey Burgan
4.0 out of 5 stars So much cuteness!
This book was so much fun. And it reminded me so much of Cassie Mae books, if someone had told me it was written by Cassie Mae I would have believed them. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no coming back from a fall like that
an adorable romantic read. Has just the right amount of cutesy romance mixed with comedy to keep me reading.

I have learned a thousand was to not make a lightbulb.
Published 18 days ago by Britney Dietz
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my freaking Grayson Kennedy!!!!!!
I am in absolute awe. Like serious, AWE!!!! This book is so amazing! The characters, oh my gosh are so likeable. I mean really Avery is just the sweetest girl ever! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Emma Kolacke
5.0 out of 5 stars Grayson
I need a Grayson in my life. I loved this book. At first I wasn't sure if I could get into it, but reading G-mans side of it, I was dying laughing. Read more
Published 22 days ago by S.T Donais
4.0 out of 5 stars There is something about the way Kelly writes that draws me in and...
Reading this book was so much fun. There is something about the way Kelly writes that draws me in and makes it impossible for me to get anything done until I’ve finished her... Read more
Published 24 days ago by toobusyreading
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy and Enjoyable Read
Another great book from Kelly Oram. This book is really good and just makes you feel good and positive. Avery Shaw and Aiden Kennedy have been best friends since they were born. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer R. Shiels
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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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