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By: Kelly Oram
Publication: May 4th, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult, Chick-lit, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis: 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.
The Avery Shaw Experiment is full of drama, cheesy lines, perverted comments (from Grayson), and puppy love moments. And a love triangle. A huge, annoying love triangle.
Avery is an emotionally fragile character. She has anxiety issues and depression and she’s extremely (and unrealistically) naive. Grayson, who’s known her all of his life, falls instantly in love with her. He’s obsessed with her, always noticing little quirks she has and making perverted comments (as mentioned above) and practically can’t keep his hands off her. Seriously, is there anything Grayson won’t do for this chick?
With that said, Avery has a complete melt-down when her best friend, Aiden, wants some space and has a new girlfriend and blows her off. I felt bad for her, but wasn’t she being a bit dramatic? Isn’t this an opportunity for her to become strong, deal with her anxiety and become a better person? Only does she do these things when Grayson’s around. It’s like she can’t deal with independence, with doing things by herself. She has to have a guy that does everything for her to make her feel better.
The romance was cute, but sometimes cheesy, with Grayson fawning all over Avery most of the time. She kept rejecting him though, and I felt for the guy. I was practically screaming, “Get together already!” It annoyed me how long it took Avery to realize she had feelings for Grayson when he basically wrote “I love Avery” on his forehead with permanent marker. Why does he love Avery anyway? She’s not that interesting. Sure, she’s smart and kind and naive, but she’s always moody and depressed and needs someone to take care of her. Grayson, of course, does. Then add in Aiden crawling back into Avery’s life and you’ve got a full blown annoying love triangle once again.
Back to the topic of Grayson, I found him half sweet and half perverted. He’s always trying to embarrass Avery and he constantly invades her space. The only reason he started liking her is because she hid from her mom in the shower while he was in there (don’t worry, her eyes were closed) and he suddenly saw her wearing a wet t-shirt. Yuck.
Throughout this book, stereotypes were presented like “nerds” and “jocks” and “populars”, with smart people being considered socially awkward and weird, and athletic/populars being cool but dumb. Why can’t we just forget the labels in YA books and let the characters be themselves? Really, I’d rather not hear about nerd herds anymore.
Summing It Up:
I did not enjoy The Avery Shaw Experiment very much. On Goodreads, almost every reviewer had five stars. I was surprised; this book started off fast and wasn’t five stars for me.
My Rating: 2.5 stars.