Book Review: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram

Series: None

Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: May 2013


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.



Reading this book was so much fun.  There is something about the way Kelly writes that draws me in and makes it impossible for me to get anything done until I’ve finished her books.  Kelly creates characters and story lines that are so real, so funny & so original that they are unforgettable.

My neighbor stopped by today to return a book she had borrowed.  When I asked her how it was she replied she enjoyed it but it was “forgettable” as she’d already started to forget it.  I recommended she read The Avery Shaw Experiment and V is for Virgin next as both books have been “unforgettable” reads for me.

There are times when I find myself smiling or laughing when I recall a scene or dialogue from the book.  I’m posting 2 teasers on the end of this post so you can get an idea of her writing.  I was part of her recent blog tour for this book and had to stop by each site on the tour to read the diary entries because I am so taken with the characters in this book and wanted to read more from them.

My advice… 1st read the content info below then go read the 1st chapter and see if this is for you.



4 stars


Content: More than I like… more swearing than her previous book and lots of innuendo, crude remarks, etc. Not passing this one on to my 13 at this point but I do admit I loved it.

Rating: This would easily have been a 5 star book for me except for the added content I wish had been left out. There were a couple places where I felt a little “uncomfortable” when reading.  I admit, I blush easily and it doesn’t take much to make me uncomfortable and removing maybe a dozen lines from the book would have made it 5 stars in my eyes.

Source: Review copy from Kelly.


Well worth the $2.99 Price Tag!!


Teaser One – Avery

Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

Teaser Two – Grayson

I started to leave the room but she stopped me at the door. “Grayson?” Her tone tugged at something inside me. “You really want to take me with you tonight?”

She sounded so small and unsure of herself. It was how she always sounded at school and around strangers, but never when she was at home with us. I think my brother had really broken her. I was seriously going to have to beat him sometime.

“You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I know I really freaked out on you earlier, but I promise I’ll be fine. Aiden’s right.” She swallowed back a lump in her throat. “I’ll manage without him somehow.”

“Aiden’s a tool. You can learn how to manage tomorrow. Tonight’s New Years Eve and for once in your life you’re going to spend it without Aiden or The Discovery Channel.

I knew I was making progress when she cracked a smile and asked, “What about Whootylicious in 7 B?”

I thought of the luscious booty I’d originally planned on seeing tonight and sighed. “That will be an unfortunate loss, but, like you, I will just have to deal.”

I winked and then decided I’d give her ten minutes before I came back and physically dragged her out of bed.


For those who want more be sure to read the diary entries that were part of the blog tour!

Be sure to catch all of the entries from the Avery Shaw Diaries!

“I See London, I See France” (Avery) — Colorimetry
“Purging” (Grayson) — Reading Teen
“Too Hot To Handle” (Avery) — I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
“Self Control, Or Lack Thereof” (Grayson) — Book Passion For Life
“Most Definitely A Real Date” (Grayson) — Confessions of a Bookaholic
“Post Shower Avery And Grayson Things” (Avery) — A Life Bound By Books


  1. It sounds like a fun book, even with the racier scenes 🙂 Then again, I’m not opposed to them as long as they don’t take over the whole book and there’s no plot. And of course, I don’t have a young teen to pass my book onto! 🙂