The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram
The follow-up to The Avery Shaw Experiment and the next book in Kelly Oram’s Science Squad series proves to be just as engaging as the first installment. Libby Garrett needs an intervention. She’s addicted to college basketball star Owen Jackson and she’s starting to self-destruct. Libby’s best friend, Avery, comes up with a plan to help Libby kick her Owen habit. She enlists her boss, Adam, to be Libby’s sponsor and take her through a personalized twelve-step program. Adam reluctantly takes on the job partly for selfish reasons. He wants the real Libby Garrett back, the one he’s had a crush on for years. Again it’s Ms. Oram’s characters that make this book shine. Libby is flawed, yes, but she’s also smart, weird and seriously sassy. Still, it’s Adam who is the novel’s real draw. His maturity, practicality and honesty made him more sexy than his good looks. I can get behind any book where the nerdy, smart girl gets the guy.
The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
Avery Shaw just got her heart broken. She finally told her best friend, Aiden, that she’s in love with him and he responded by asking for space to be with his new girlfriend. Ever the scientist, Avery devises an experiment to see if the five stages of grief—denial/bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, acceptance—can help her overcome a broken heart. Avery enlists the help of Aiden’s older brother, Grayson, to be her impartial observer. She thinks he’s in it just for the extra credit but Grayson has more in mind than just science. The book seems to send the message that a shy, science-geek girl needs to be “fixed” which is another example of societal pressures to be extroverted. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. Once, I put aside my views on introvertedness, the story was so cute and captivating that I read it in one sitting. I particularly liked the main female character, Avery. Sure, she has problems and broke down into tears several times but she was also doing her best to be better and could still hold her own versus Grayson. She gave off both senses of strength and vulnerability which made her more real than some of the other female protagonists that I’ve read lately. And Grayson is just as swoon-worthy as a chick-lit main male character should be. He was genuinely caring and fun. Overall, for me this was a much-needed win in the chick-lit/light romance category.