The Avery Shaw Experiment

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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 ...

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Overview

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780985627768
  • Publisher: Bluefields
  • Publication date: 11/20/2013
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 137,049
  • Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Avery Shaw and Aiden Kennedy have been best friends since they w

    Avery Shaw and Aiden Kennedy have been best friends since they were fetuses. They share everything - interests, activities, clubs, a love for learning, a drive to succeed, secrets, houses, even a birthday - but when Avery shares the fact that she's been in love with Aiden for years, she's completely blindsided to find out he's... not. In fact, he's got a girlfriend he hasn't even told her about, one who's made it clear that she has no intention of sharing Aiden with Avery any longer. Aiden's rejection and withdrawal from her life threatens to completely shatter Avery's heart, when rescue comes from a completely unexpected source - Grayson Kennedy, player extraordinaire, academically mediocre jock and Aiden's insanely cute older brother. Determined to get over Aiden, Avery decides to use her emotional pain as the subject of her science fair project by using the seven stages of grief to get over her broken heart with Grayson as an objective observer of her progress. Little does she realize that Grayson may not be as objective as she assumes.


    Suffering from a social anxiety disorder, Avery is a more reserved person, more shy, and this one of the reasons Aiden's rejection hits her so hard. Putting herself out there without Aiden as a shield is scary, and new, and not something she's really looking forward to tackling on her own. I wish Avery had been a bit stronger of a character, because she kind of goes from the familiarity of Aiden straight to the safety net which is Grayson, but she does start to stand on her own feet a little more by the end which I liked. And though she might shrink away from most social situations, growing up with Grayson being her surrogate older brother, she's able to be candid and real... and totally calls him on his crap. But this science experiment is becoming more complicated than she originally imagined when Grayson begins showing that he can actually be sweet and understanding... and when she starts seeing him in a whole new light.


    Grayson, while he could be really irritating because of his player status and off-color comments, surprisingly, he turned out to be rather endearing. Because despite the whole Don Juan thing, he's also outgoing, extremely confident, optimistic, genuinely nice, admirably patient and adorably protective. He too, being Aiden's older brother, has known Avery since birth, and she's the little sister he never had. Grayson has grown up tormenting her, teasing her, giving her noogies, intentionally grossing her out at every opportunity, spending the holidays with her - they're practically related. Until the day Aiden dumps Avery. That day, Grayson is reminded, vividly, that Avery is most definitely not his sister in any way, shape or form and that she's definitely not a little kid anymore (A scenario that a soaking wet t-shirt might possibly have helped expedite...just sayin'). She's grown up, she's beautiful, she's amazing, smart, and funny... and why hasn't he ever noticed this before? So when she comes to him with the idea to partner up for the science fair so she can get over her broken heart, Grayson becomes hell bent on helping her move on from his incredibly loser-ish, idiot kid brother.


    Sappy, a little ridiculous and somewhat far-fetched, this book required a little more suspension of belief than I typically like to... suspend. Grayson's a little too alpha, Avery's a little too damsel-in-distress. But with this book, timing was everything, because The Avery Shaw Experiment was also just what I needed when I needed it: A cute, feel-good book that reminds you life can be sunshine-y, wonderful, sparkly and good. A romance that's cute, a love that's always been there, a relationship that's tentatively changing to something more sweet and complex.


    I loved the interactions between Avery and Grayson - the new sides they each brought out in the other. I loved how sweet Grayson became, and Avery's realizations about herself and the realities of her relationships with both brothers. I loved how they both changed and grew as people throughout the experiment. It was just cute, sigh-inducing... and as I said "feel-good."


    Overall. The Avery Shaw Experiment is an adorable book about heartbreak, infatuation and first love... and all the fun, messy, unpredictable-ness that goes along with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Love this

    I love Kelly and evrey one of her books. I read them all and i am sure i will read anything she puts out. She knows how to write. The stories are good and keep you entertained!
    Read this book, read all her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    The author's debut from two POVS,huh? Total not going for it. :D

    The author's debut from two POVS,huh? Total not going for it. :D
    The author totally aced it! I'm telling you...couldn't have been better...
    She had me at the prologue,I swear to God!
    Especially at Grayson's one.... :P

    "First of all, let the record show that journals are completely lame. I’ll probably get gynecowhatever-it-was just for owning the stupid thing.
    Secondly—and this is the more important point I need to make in my one-of-a-kind-totally-brilliant extra prologue—Avery’s experiment is a load of crap." 

    The Avery Shaw Experiment,in one word is incredible!
    Two words? Totally awesome!
    Three? Ridiculously,mind-blowingly Fan-sweetly-tastic!
    I don't ever remember taking such instant liking to someone as I did to Grayson!
    Boy,did I ever like him!
    Avery is super cute...seriously. A perfect cute protagonist...
    Aiden..though seems bad but I quite liked him too....(though he totally deserved what he got,no kidding)..but he cared for Avery,nonetheless..
    Next come,Libby and Owen....My God! Funniest creatures in this book... :D Loved them!
    The story and the turn of events had me laughing...blushing red..squealing(and THAT is a novelty...I don't do girly squealing and all that nonsense...so it's something :P)..and falling in love with Grayson...

    What can I say? Kelly Oram did it again...
    I just can't believe I finished the book...and that has me sad...
    Any suggestions,what kinda experiment I should do to overcome it? I'm shattered...trust me :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2014

    Hello cutest book ever. I never ever wanted you to end! It's boo

    Hello cutest book ever. I never ever wanted you to end! It's books like these that completely rejuvenate my reading soul. Seriously though. I read this book from start to finish with the biggest grin on my face. It's THAT cute! AND it's dual POV! *cue flailing*

    How would I describe Avery Shaw in one word? Adorkable. She loves science and learning, but that doesn't make her a total nerd. She does not run with the popular crowds and is not considered drop dead gorgeous. Instead, she has this cuteness and sweetness about her. She's a bit shy and is a little socially awkward. She doesn't do well with change and she has been best friends with Aiden Kennedy since birth. The two have always been inseparable- doing everything together. Her and her mom are very close with the Kennedy family, so when Aiden drops the bomb that he needs some space from her on New Years Eve, she is wrecked. Not only is her best friend saying this, but the guy she has secretly hoped would confess he has more than friendly feelings for her.

    Of all the people to run to, Grayson Kennedy, Aiden's older brother, is the last person whose arms she should seek comfort in. Everyone knows Grayson Kennedy's name. He's popular, good-looking, athletic, and a bona-fide womanizer. Don't let that fool you though. Deep down, Grayson is a GOOD guy. He hates seeing Avery hurting, so he does whatever he can to cheer her up and try to get her mind off his brother. He never expected to actually fall for the sweet, shy, science geek and he certainly never expected to help Avery with her science fair project. However, her project is one that intrigues him and one he thinks he could be extremely helpful with.

    I loved watching Grayson help Avery navigate the seven stages of grief. He does so much more for her than just help her with a project. He helps her with her social anxiety, become more confident as a person, and makes her feel special and wanted. People might think there's a love triangle at work here, but honestly? There's no doubt in anyone's mind who the best choice for Avery is.

    I thought Aiden was a coward. He really treated Avery poorly after so many years of doing everything together. He didn't have to reciprocate her feelings, but to let himself hurt her the way he did was really not fair. I get that he was under the influence of one Mindy Perez, but still. Man up Aiden! His character is not beyond redemption though. However, his and Avery's friendship will never be as it once was after everything they've gone through.

    Grayson and Avery's friends were great in this book. I like the blurring of the social lines and seeing the jocks hang out with the nerds. Owen and Libby were hilarious together and really provided some great comedic moments.

    If you're looking for a light, fun read, I highly suggest this book. You will fall in love with Avery and Grayson's characters, and be rooting for them to get together sooner rather than later. I love how sweet Grayson is and how he really likes her who she is, nerd and all.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    SUCH a fun book. Kelly Oram always sucks me into her stories. I

    SUCH a fun book. Kelly Oram always sucks me into her stories. I couldn't put this book down. It was so light and fun and full of humor.

    Avery is a fun character to read about. She is super shy, to the point of having social anxiety. Meeting new people and trying new things are really difficult for her, especially if it means that a lot of attention will be on her. So when her best friend and secret crush, Aiden, tells her he needs some space, she's heartbroken. Luckily, Aiden's older brother Grayson steps in and takes over Avery's social life. But Grayson has bigger plans for Avery than just helping her make new friends.

    Grayson is a big time womanizer. He flirts with everything in sight. He's cute and he knows it. Girls fall for him, but he never falls for them. He's not the kind of guy (real or fictional) that I usually like. However, Kelly always manages to make me love the boys in her books, even if I would barely tolerate their presence in real life. Grayson is no different. He won me over by the end.

    There is a TON of innuendo in this book. If you are thinking of getting it for your teenager, you will probably want to read it first to make sure you're okay with the content. There is also a lot of language in it, but no F-words.

    Content: Language and innuendo.

    Source: I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    OMG

    THIS BOOK IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!!! I ASSUEE THAT READING THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YUR LIFE!!!! IT SEEMS SO REAL YOU THINK YIUR RIGHT THERE WITH AVERY AND GRAYSON (who i happen to love as much as August Waters d Chuck Bass)? THIS BOOK I A WLRK OF ART!!!! I HAVENT BEEN THIS MUCH IN LOVE WITH A BOOK SINCE HARRY POTTER.....THOUGH THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT. YOU WONT REGRET READING THIS PIECE OF ART, TEN STARS!!!!!

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

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    I don't think there are enough ways to express how much I loved

    I don't think there are enough ways to express how much I loved The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram. Everything about it was a win for me. The plot, Grayson, the romance, Grayson, the side characters, Grayson. Okay, so I really loved Grayson. Like, the kind of love where I'm drooling just thinking about him. Seriously. I think we all could do with a major dose of Grayson Kennedy in our lives.




    My only issue was that I wished Grayson and his brother Aiden had had a little more bro time between just the two of them. Don't get me wrong, I loved that Avery and Grayson were together pretty much constantly, but I would've liked to see an actual conversation between Grayson and his brother happen more than just once. I feel like they needed it. And I especially wished their relationship wasn't so strained at the end. I get why it would be, but I was hoping for a little more brotherly love in the end.




    If you're looking for a rom-com that will leave you feeling all warm and tingly inside, you need The Avery Shaw Experiment (and Grayson Kennedy) in your life. ASAP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    WHat a dum book

    What a dum book

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    What a cute book! Avery Shaw is a bit of a nerd and when she get

    What a cute book! Avery Shaw is a bit of a nerd and when she gets her heart broken, she turns the experience into a science project, theorizing that she'll go through seven stages of grief before overcoming her heartache. Grayson, her partner in the project, is running his own little experiment on the side, planning to help Avery get over his younger brother and make her fall in love with him.

    The story alternates between Avery's and Grayson's point of view and is wonderfully written, with great touches of humor. When Avery finally resolves her issues with Grayson's brother, it looks like Grayson's out of the love picture and looking at a failed science project. I won't tell you which brother gets the girl, but the ending is a blockbuster romantic finale that takes place in front of a large audience at the Science Fair. Great stuff from Kelly Oram!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Totaly entertaining

    I have read all of Kelly Orams books and by far this one is my favorite. I did nothing but laugh the whole time (getting wierd looks from husband) I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Cute!

    This was a cute amd quick read, finished it in one day.
    It was really entertaining and fluffy and a great chick novel! Tough it was cheesey akron unsrealistic at some points it was still really good! I loved how she blamed the Red Bull!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Good Read

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved this book very well written, highly recommand this book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    The avery shaw experiment

    Im not gonna lie i love all of her books soo much thst i didnt even read what it was about before i hit buy. That being said i was in love within the first 5 pages the book is like 150 pages or something like that but trust me when i say that these are not pages that you want too miss out on. One of this authors books is always like a breath of fresh air. And now ill tell you why. The sanrios are so new and well thought out. The charters are always real. And in case this is to vage for you i mean you wont find any dialogue in them makeing you want to cringe or just put the book down all together. This is a complement that is handed out way way to often with authors. Her writing skill is honestly a force to be reckoned with. And in this book she did a great job in writing the book from two pov's. To often do we read book written in that format and all we see in the guys head is him going on and on about how beautiful the girl is to the point where you dont even know why he thinks that or anything about him for that metter and its just tiersome. Anyway great job kelly oram. Looking forward to what ever else you have to give. Hats off to you for this one and if you readers are still reading this just go buy the book already!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Great Read

    I've read 4 books by this author and have enjoyed all of them. She offers the spark of attraction that makes your heart race while you read the story, but doesn't go too far and make me feel uncomfortable. I hope she is writing more books!

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