The Avery Shaw Experiment

The Avery Shaw Experiment

by Kelly Oram


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985627768
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 413,399
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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, four children, and her cat Mr. Darcy.

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The Avery Shaw Experiment 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
DaniRoo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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 me :D
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Avery Shaw Experiment, was so fun and cute. It’s not at all boring and there’s a lot of science. I’ve never been a Science geek, so I probably learned a thing or two in this book. Avery and Aiden have been best friends before they were even born. Destined by their moms to be, total BFF’s. But it takes a turn for the worse, rather quickly in the beginning. Avery falls apart and Grayson (Aiden’s brother) is there to catch her. Then because of heartbreak, the ultimate science experiment born.. That turns out to be a great one. I’ve been on an Oram binge read lately. I’m just gobbling up her books. But it’s so easy. Her stories are fun, emotional, cute, and heartbreaking. But in the end she puts all that together into an awesome gift that is… her stories. I read this in a day, I love that. When there’s a certain writing style, that you just wholeheartedly enjoy. You don’t always have to read angst or gritty. Sometimes an awesome YA with heart, does the trick. I loved the different characters and how they all come together. Even with the different social classes. High School can be a rough time. It will be interesting to see, Libby in all her glory, in the next book. If you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted. Most definitely pick this one up. Overall, I give this awesome tale Five Boundless Stars....Lissa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with another reviewer in saying this was a great little feel good book! I really enjoy books that switch point of view and some days you need a book where everyone gets their happy ending in a few hours of binge reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
super good a must read!
TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
Truly this book deserves a solid 3.5 stars. "The Avery Shaw Experiment" was just a fun, fun read. A little predictable, but still....I found myself laughing out loud as I read. That doesn't often happen. "Experiment" is a silly little YA romance with lots of charm. For those who are sensitive to language, there is some, but nothing too strong. There is also references to teenage sex - but absolutely nothing in the storyline itself. If you're looking for a frothy, amusing read - this is it. You'll love the characters. Love the growth that they make and cheer for love and I've got you wondering, don't I? :) Would certainly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and sweet!
Allyssa_Painter More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It makes me laugh out loud while reading, and there are less than 10 books that have ever done that, in the hundreds I've read. This is a book that is simple to read, with no heartbreaking themes and terror behind every page. It's a happy book. I mean, poor Avery is devastated, but Grayson is a total superhero and works to fix that, so it's kind of okay. This book won't take you long to read and it's probably not going to take you on a heartwrenching emotional rollercoaster, but that's okay. It will most definitely make you happy. I reread this book all the time, especially if I need cheering up. It's a definite must read!
Katia-Drugs_Called_Books More than 1 year ago
Possibly the cutest and sweetest story I've ever read. If you're looking for a contemporary that will turn you to mush, make you adore every single character in it and laugh out loud - look no farther than The Avery Shaw Experiment. Honestly, just thinking about this book makes me unable to even. I read it twice since I got it, and it had the same impact both time - I enjoyed every second of it. It was all so funny, or adorable, or emotional, or swoon worthy. I laughed out loud, my heart broke for the characters at times (especially near the end), and I kind of wanted to hug everyone in it. The best thing about this book are the characters. This is the first dual POV book Oram has ever done and she did it wonderfully. Each character has her own unique voice, but they moved and weaved with each other seamlessly. Just as Grayson and Avery do! "Prologue #2 (Yeah, you read that right. If Avery gets one of these nifty prologue thingies to explain herself, then so do I. She's not the only one with a story to tell here!)"--Grayson Now tell me honestly you didn't just fall a little bit in love with Grayson Kennedy right there and then! I mean, this guy is serious swoon, girls! He is so sweet and caring. Avery kind of hit the poor guy like a brick wall, you can't even tell he used to be a womanizer, because from the moment his brother breaks her heart (and she jumps in his shower) he was all about her, doing his best for her. And let's not forget, he was so good for her. He just brought all the best in her for the world to see! I mean, seriously, I'm in love with Grayson Kennedy. I want my own Grayson Kennedy! His lady love was just about the cutest girl ever. Avery is sweet, shy, smart and funny. and she is actively trying to make the best out of a bad situation. To get over her heartbreak and move on. She's not some mopey Bella person who stops living her life just cause of some dude! Watching her grow and bloom throughout the book was nothing short of delightful! Surrounding these amazing duo, we've got a set of awesome characters - Libby and her quirkiness, Owen, Pan and Chloe and the Nerd Herd. It was pretty fantastic watching two very different groups mingle sort of successfully. I even liked the moms, and even Aiden to a degree--though the guy is a total idiot and who knows what Avery saw in him. As for the romance? Well, I can sum it up in one word - AWWWWWWWWWWWW. It was just so cute and sweet. They both made each other better and I swear - I was falling in love right with them, just as I should! I just... couldn't put it down. And then I couldn't take it out of my head after I finished, with resulted in a rather embarrassing amount of Facebook posts on the subject (thankfully buried long ago due to the, oh, year it's been since. Phew). To read a gifed up and quote-filled version of this review, go to The Book Babe's Reads :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I ever read from Kelly Oram and is still my favorite. The Avery Shaw Experiment goes back to the basics of a YA romance: a nice, clean cut story with enough heart to leave you thinking about the characters days after you've put down the book. Instead of falling into the stereotypical "jock" and "nerd" molds, the characters of Grayson and Avery are both well defined and completely unique. I finished this book in only one day, as I was so immersed in the character development and the sweet, slow growing romance between the two main characters. Even more impressive were the secondary characters! Libby, Owen (and even Aiden) were all likeable characters with their own quirks and flaws that made the book engrossing to read. If you love YA, you'll love this book.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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.
book4children More than 1 year ago
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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PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
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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taylor_longford More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!