The Avery Shaw Experiment Book reviews


Author(s): Kelly OramDownload  


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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Norah Una Sumner rated it     

3.5 stars


Sweet and funny story but I’m giving it 3.5 stars because I didn’t particularly like the main character and her naivety – seems like the only things she knows how to do is blush. The whole experiment of curing a broken heart is definitely an original and interesting aspect of this book and I loved reading about Avery overcoming her fears, no matter how (sometimes) childish they were. Aiden… I don’t even know what to say about this guy. He tries to justify his actions but I still didn’t believe nor trust him. You can’t just go around and act like a jerk and expect everyone to forgive you later. It made me feel weird that Avery had the need to (view spoiler).Grayson is a whole different story. Yes,yes,I know that the whole “jock-who-is-actually-a-nice-guy-and-is-just-waiting-for-the-right-girl” aspect is not so unique but I loved how his character was portrayed in this book. He made me laugh out loud and he’s the character I connected with the most. Supporting characters were pretty cool – their moms-besties, Libby-the-Queen etc. So,overall,I enjoyed reading this feel-good contemporary romance.


Katy rated it      

Oram’s best work YET! I picked this up for my biggest Kelly Oram fan (and no, I wasn’t referring to a girl), and I’ve had mixed feelings about her other books, but I absolutely LOVED this one.

Five pages in, I just KNEW that I was going to love Grayson. He was SO adorably charming, and the little exchange with his mother just made me swoon! By the end of the chapter, I had just about died. I love it. I love it. I love it.

And the rest of the book? It did NOT disappoint. Grayson kept up his witty charm, and there was that vulnerable innocence to Avery that just made her so lovable. There were some really great scenes, and some awesome dialogue exchanged. It was hilarious and a lot of fun.

Yes, the book is a bit cliche and totally predictable, and the science experiment is kind of lame and dumb-sounding. But I thought Oram did an amazing job going through all of the stages and writing the perfect scenes to go with them, especially the last one. And the best part was I really loved all of Avery’s and Grayson’s friends. They each pitched in their own personabilities that made the story so great.

I shed a few tears. I laughed my butt off. And I was left with the high, floaty feeling and a silly grin on my face. Ah, such a delightful read, and just what I needed.

♥ Sarah

♥ Sarah rated it      



+ 1 for the DUAL prologue, epilogue, and POV shifts!
+ 1 for the HUMOR, WIT, and ENDEARING dialogue! Honestly, I loved Avery & Grayson’s banter. They had some serious chemistry goin’ on.
+ 1 for the pacing; I loved the different “stages” of grieving, and how Avery & Grayson’s relationship never felt rushed. It wasn’t too slow, either.
+ 1 for the character development! Avery and Grayson were well fleshed out, and I had So. Much. Fun getting to know them 🙂
+ 1 for the plot and overall content of the book; it was fun, funny, and fluffy. I’m shelving this as one of my favorite YA chick-lits of all time.

= 5 STARS!!

Also, I loved all the side characters, especially Avery’s best friend, Libby. Honestly, I was laughing like a wild hyena – I took ROFL to another LEVEL. My roommate busted in my room a couple of times… She insists I’m the craziest dork she’s ever met 🙂 Yup. It was just THAT funny.

I had SO much on my plate this past week with school. So, I was feeling burned out, and was extremely irritable. But, reading this instantaneously lightened up my mood. This is why I love reading YA!

A definite feel good, fun chick-lit you won’t regret reading; highly recommended!! 🙂


bookaholic_kim rated it     

A typical young adult story that is light, fast read and a page turner. The plot and the ending is so predictable but I still enjoyed reading it and definitely love the characters.

Avery Shaw chose to experiment on love for the science fare project. If there are 7 stages of grief then maybe she can find stages to heal a broken heart through social experiments.

Her best friend, Aiden broke her heart and now Grayson, Alden’s brother became her science partner to earn credits at school and is willing to help her heal her heart. And on the process, romance sparks between Avery and Grayson which is so cute.

Avery is quite a nerd and is the president of the science club while Grayson is a popular jock at school. 2 opposite characters when matched creates this interesting pair.


Cyndi rated it     

An adorable YA book. Avery Shaw has finally decided to reveal her love to her life long best friend. Unfortunately he has already found a girlfriend. A girlfriend who wants him to distance himself from his best friend. So he breaks Avery’s heart.
Enter his older brother. He gives her a shoulder to cry on and notices that she is just the type of girl he likes. Can he get her to see him as more than the brother of her life long crush? Can she help him pass physics with her smarts? Meanwhile her friend’s departure leaves her without a partner for the science fair. Enter the older brother, again. She has decided that a broken heart must go through the stages of grief and makes the mending of her heart her science experiment, with the help of her friend’s older brother.
A cute romance with excellent characters.


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