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The Avery Shaw Experiment

(Science Squad #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  12,399 ratings  ·  1,329 reviews
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
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Published May 4th 2013 by Bluefields (first published May 2nd 2013)
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Kelly Oram
Mar 19, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Yay for new books! This one is told from both main characters' points of view--a first for me. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Muse-ic

There really isn’t anything new about the story. It’s your typical YA romantic-comedy, definitely not free of flaws and tropes but fun and entertaining. I actually finished this in one sitting. It’s a super light read which I’m sure you will enjoy too if you wouldn’t take it too seriously. Lol!

Avery (your certified nerdy stereotype who is very pretty but is absolutely clueless about it and about almost everything else *rolls eyes*) is heartbroken and wants to process her broken heart in a “scie
Justjay Go
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fav, ya

Grayson stepped behind me and I felt a pair of hands grip my upper arms...."Dancing, is about feeling, not thinking."

He lifted one of my arms above my head and rested it on the back of his neck. My fingers instinctively dug into his soft, thick hair. I hadn't told them to do that. I felt his cheeks lift into a smile against the side of my head, as if he fully approved of my actions.

"Now we move together."


"You think I'm gross?" Grayson asked.

"Yes, I do. You are so horny it's u
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Actual rating : 2.5 stars (if you disagree with me, see my edit below)

My theory is that The Avery Shaw Experiment isn't a contemporary romance but a fairy tale.

Hypothesis : She is the perfect picture of a Damsel in Distress.

Evidence #1 : She doesn't know how to deal with emotions and loss alone. Like, at all. She needs everyone all the time. Of course I understand she has issues with social interactions. I get it, really. However I'd have appreciated if she had less seemed like a bag others
Rachel Maniacup
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Muse-ic ♬
This book is exactly what I was looking for to get me out of my reading slump. Good thing,I checked out AJ and MUSE-IC's reviews on this,that made me dive in it right away!^^

The story is of course about Avery Shaw's Experiment,where this 17 year old geek,who has a social anxiety disorder(a shy girl)but is so pretty,brainy,and funny has to undergo the seven stages of grief over her broken heart.

Avery had an unhealthy interconnected relationship with Andie Kennedy,her bestfriend since childhood,an
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars


Sweet and funny story but I'm giving it 3.5 stars because I didn't particularly like the main character and her naivety - seems like the only things she knows how to do is blush. The whole experiment of curing a broken heart is definitely an original and interesting aspect of this book and I loved reading about Avery overcoming her fears, no matter how (sometimes) childish they were. Aiden... I don't even know what to say about this guy. He tries to justify his actions but I still didn'
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, favorites, arc
I love this book! When I first heard of it I was definitely intrigued which can always be a good thing or a bad thing. In this case, it was definitely good. I am becoming a huge fan of Kelly's books. This is one of those books where anyone around you will think your crazy because you will be making some crazy faces and talking to the book (just ask my family and friends).

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See what I'm saying.

Avery grew up with Aiden and Grayson Kennedy. Avery has been madly in love with
Once upon a time there was a girl. She read a lot of books and wasn't really picky. Sometimes she read sci-fi, sometimes — paranormal romance, sometimes — fantasy, sometimes — contemporary novels. From time to time this girl was in a girly-girl mood and wanted to read some fluffy&sugary sweet contemporary novels. And once upon a time she came across The Avery Shaw Experiment.

I don't have any expectations when it comes to fluffy reads. They are what they are. Easy, light, short, funny. But The Av
Okay, so this wasn’t exactly bad or cheesy as I’d expected. Some things rather bugged me incessantly, but in the end, I knew I’d kinda enjoyed it.

Avery Shaw is heartbroken. Her best friend since childhood – Aiden Kennedy – turned down her feelings. Sweet, naïve, plain little Avery Shaw couldn’t handle it well. To get over herself, she accepts the help of Grayson Kennedy, Aiden’s big brother, who suddenly can’t seem to take his eyes off Avery. Bonding through a science experiment meant to mend A

This was such a fantastic book! Sweet, funny, romantic and with such an original premise and great secondary characters, I loved it. Even being YA, it was just as enjoyable for me. The idea of taking the stages of grief and applying them to mending a broken heart was smart and interesting to watch.
Avery has been in love with her best friend since they were born. Sharing the same birthday and having moms who were best friends, it was inevitable for her to develop strong feelings for Aid
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oram's best work YET! I picked this up for my biggest Kelly Oram fan (and no, I wasn't referring to a girl), and I've had mixed feelings about her other books, but I absolutely LOVED this one.

Five pages in, I just KNEW that I was going to love Grayson. He was SO adorably charming, and the little exchange with his mother just made me swoon! By the end of the chapter, I had just about died. I love it. I love it. I love it.

And the rest of the book? It did NOT disappoint. Grayson kept up his witty c
OMG OMG OMG I LOOOOVED this book I loved Grayson I loved Grayson I hated the decisions Avery made but I loved how Grayson was like her protecter ... I loved how for the most part Grayson was always there for Avery I was hooked I'm so happy I read this.... AMAZING !!! Guys if ur skeptical get it u will not regret it if u love romance like I do I just HAD to say something ugh so amazing!!!!!;) ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hate how it's like 2AM and I really couldn't go to sleep until I finished this book. Now I'm too happy to go to sleep. I really love Oram's light writing.

Review to come.
♥ Sarah
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction


+ 1 for the DUAL prologue, epilogue, and POV shifts!
+ 1 for the HUMOR, WIT, and ENDEARING dialogue! Honestly, I loved Avery & Grayson's banter. They had some serious chemistry goin' on.
+ 1 for the pacing; I loved the different "stages" of grieving, and how Avery & Grayson's relationship never felt rushed. It wasn't too slow, either.
+ 1 for the character development! Avery and Grayson were well fleshed out, and I had So. Much. Fun getting to know them :)
+ 1 for the plot and overa
catherine ♡
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
1. Avery is an awful main character. She’s stereotypically the clueless, smart (but doesn’t know it), beautiful (but doesn’t know it), humble, modest, shy damsel in distress. She also cries every other page and spent 80% of the book pining over Aiden. Her insistence that she was in love with him was the most annoying thing ever.

2. Grayson was an inconsistent character. It seemed as though the author wanted him to be that uncaring popular badass, but also wanted him to be pining for Avery the ent
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was pretty cute, I think.

After the beginning (that had me laughing like crazy) I was expecting a bit more battering between the main characters, but the G boy started to get all soft and sentimental and also there were some awkward/embarrassing-like-hell moments regarding Avery's long life crush. Adding to this the fact that family, friends, teachers, they all knew about her love life and interfered somehow, and you might understand why I had to hide my face in my pillow a few times.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young adult readers
Recommended to bookaholic_kim by: Rachel Maniacup
A typical young adult story that is light, fast read and a page turner. The plot and the ending is so predictable but I still enjoyed reading it and definitely love the characters.

Avery Shaw chose to experiment on love for the science fare project. If there are 7 stages of grief then maybe she can find stages to heal a broken heart through social experiments.

Her best friend, Aiden broke her heart and now Grayson, Alden's brother became her science partner to earn credits at school and is willin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An adorable YA book. Avery Shaw has finally decided to reveal her love to her life long best friend. Unfortunately he has already found a girlfriend. A girlfriend who wants him to distance himself from his best friend. So he breaks Avery's heart.
Enter his older brother. He gives her a shoulder to cry on and notices that she is just the type of girl he likes. Can he get her to see him as more than the brother of her life long crush? Can she help him pass physics with her smarts? Meanwhile her f
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The 7 stages of Grief Experiment

Aiden and Avery have been best friends since forever. Unknown to Aiden, his bff had been in love with him, until he 'broke' up with her to be with someone else. Grayson, bad boy personified and Aiden's elder brother, took it upon himself to assist Avery through her grieving process. The rest was history.
This book wasn't my favorite from Kelly Oram, yet it was a sweet, and fun read.
Elle (Ligia)
This book was every bit as perfect as I thought it would be when I first read the summay and more.

Talk about warm-your-heart-cute. I absolutely loved this book. It was adorable. It has humor, cute moments that will ensure your cheeks hurt from ginning, and a little heartbreak. It is, for sure, one of those books that leave you in a happy cloud after you are done.

Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

This was a cute read and I enjoyed it a lot. I like the whole idea of Avery's experiment and I liked how she slowly became more confident of herself but during the early parts of the story, I found her really annoying and too immature for her age. What I liked most about the story though is Grayson! I enjoyed his character so much! Funny, cute, sexy and super sweet! Overall, this was a fun, light read.
Pam Nelson
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the heck out of this book it was light-hearted but also had the emotional stuff I am coming to really enjoy from Kelly.

I am not always a fan of YA because there is usually unnecessary dramalama but the way she writes her YA she gives us the real and the drama but in a real way.

This was a sweet book of lost love and finding love. I felt for all the characters and I was happy with the way it ended.

Off to the next book in the Science Squad.

The narration was perfect for this book. Sara
Miss Fifi
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-me-bitching
4 Full-Of-Cute-Experiments Stars

Here's the cute cover:


And the blurb just for random information lol

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 b
Nitzan Schwarz
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-kindle
2020 re-read
How is it possible to STILL be in love with a book you've read three times to the point of having to stay awake until 2 am to finish it? I mean, I KNOW everything that's going to happen, and yet... here we are!

So the first thing I'd like to mention is how much I love the fact Grayson Kennedy is utterly smitten with Avery and he doesn't hide it or fight with his own feelings in regards to her because it doesn't really 'fit' his image. Often in this like 'cool guy' and 'geek' pa
I'm usually all in for a cute, fun, fluffy read but this book....


This book is so full of cliched characters and stereotypes, that my head hurts.

Where should I even begin?

Avery is one of those naive and weak characters I've ever had the displeasure to read (*cough*BellaSwanincludedofcourse*cough*). Imagine a girl who can do nothing but cry over every little thing whether she's happy or devastated, imagine someone who is your stereotypical geek with a fruity mouth-watering smell (I won
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Gabrielle
Shelves: favorites
The gif below summarises my feelings quite accordingly while reading this book.

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I needed some cute contemporary romance and that is what I got and I enjoyed it far too much. I had no trouble with the story nor with any of the characters (except Mindy and a little with Aiden), but I understood the sacrifices of characters and in order to cause certain events and have a decent plot.

Did I love
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! The Avery Shaw Experiment was as enjoyable as I hoped/expected it would be!(: The only complaint I have is that I wish it were a bit longer (though that's just a personal preference). Some transitions could have easily been expanded to add onto the story, but Kelly Oram does a good job at shortening the scenes where it doesn't ruin the story.

My favorite character isn't Avery or Grayson (though I do absolutely love them!), but Avery's nerdy best friend Libb
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
Absolutley fantastic YA book...As a med student ,I absolutely loved the way she theorized if I ever do have to go through this kinda stupid heartbreak.all over again....I do hope I get a guy like Grayson to be a part of the most romantic experiments of all times.."The Avery Experiment ;) ...more
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20 fluttering hearts and more!

Just how can a book be so cliche and SUPER ENTERTAINING at the same time?

I just have to say, after Piper Shelly's Play With Me, I didn't think I'd find another book which is as good. The Avery Shaw Experiment is a light hearted, funny and adorkable story about a science geek girl who "thought" that her heart is pretty much broken when her all-time bestfriend dumps her (in a way) for a girlfriend. It's also about a guy who's pretty much the epito
Okay I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately and thank the universe because reading this book was as good as eating ice cream and chocolates except it doesn’t make you FAT so YAY!!! That’s right baby …. No guilt!

Avery got rejected by her childhood friend Aiden and she wanted to cure her broken heart by undergoing the five stages of grief and present this experiment in their Science Fair, since her partner Aiden backed out to join the debate club she needs “Grayson” the school hottie and Aide
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“But you’ve taken me out like a million times for the experiment. You kissed me once in the name of science.

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