Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Review and Character Interview with Avery and Grayson from the Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
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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I want to welcome Avery and Grayson to Crazy Four Books. They agreed to let me interview them! :D
Brenda: So, Grayson… Science Club, huh?
Brenda: It was sooo sweet that you were willing to be dorkified for Avery! What was your favorite part?
Grayson: First of all, I was not dorkified. I made the science club cool. *really thinks for a minute then sighs* Okay, no, nothing can make science club cool. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My favorite part was working on my experiment with Avery. She gave me free reign over her social life. She had to do whatever I wanted her to.
Avery: Within reason!
Grayson: Anything I wanted. It was awesome.
Brenda: Avery, what is your favorite thing about Grayson?
Avery: Grayson will tell you that he’s not a nice person, but that’s not true. He is the sweetest guy I have ever met. A little too incorrigible sometimes, maybe, but still sweet. And considerate. He is always thinking of me.
Grayson: That’s true. I’m always thinking about her. I’m even thinking about her right now. *grins wickedly at Brenda* You want to guess what I’m thinking?
Avery: *gasps* No! She doesn’t! Grayson! Please behave yourself!
Brenda: *blushes* *Clears her throat* Okay, Grayson, what is your favorite thing about Avery?
Grayson: Definitely her boobs.
Avery: Grayson! *smacks Grayson on the shoulder* Oh my gosh! STOP!
Grayson: *laughs* I’m kidding. Actually, it’s that—when she shrieks at me like that and turns all red. Isn’t she adorable when she blushes?
Brenda: Very adorable. So, Avery, when you finally got to read Grayson’s journal, what was your favorite entry?
Avery: I think it was the one he wrote after meeting the science club kids for the first time. Grayson is always so confident, but he’s kind of scared of my friends. I think it’s really cute.
Grayson: She means sexy.
Brenda: Speaking of sexy… *fans herself* Have you given Avery any more dance lessons?
Grayson: I have yet to get her in a club, but it’s on my to-do list.
Avery: Not in this lifetime.
Brenda: Still not a fan of dancing?
Avery: No. It freaks me out.
Brenda: So what’s your favorite thing to do when you hang out with Grayson?
Avery: I like to keep things low key. I love it when we’re just vegging on the couch together watching the TV. Of course, Grayson usually has trouble focusing on whatever we’re watching… And keeping his hands to himself… *shoots Grayson a meaningful look then rolls her eyes at Brenda* We’re working on his attention span.
Grayson: *frowns at Avery* That’s not my fault. You’re way more fascinating than all of those nerd shows you make us watch. My attention span is fine—when the activity is right. *Slides his arm over Avery’s shoulder and grins at Brenda* I could spend hours every day making out with Avery and never lose focus. She’s an amazing kisser.
Avery: *chokes* *blushes* *slaps her hands over her face*
Grayson: See? Adorable! *winks*
Brenda: *laughs* *Feels bad for Avery and attempts to help distract her from her panic attack by asking another question* Avery! How is your diary coming along? The one Grayson gave you... Have you filled it yet?
Avery: *grumbles* It will be much fuller after this interview.
Grayson: *laughs and then stares at Avery with a big, goofy, love-sick smile*
Brenda: *grins at the adorable couple* Grayson, do you plan to ask her the big question?
Grayson: *turns to Avery and mumbles…* What does she mean? I thought we didn’t have a script for this thing. Was I supposed to ask you something?
Avery: *giggles* She’s talking about ‘popping the question.’ As in proposing…?
Grayson: *startles so badly he falls out of his chair* Oh! Um… Marriage? *clears his throat* Well… I… Um… I hadn’t… I mean… Um…
Avery: *takes pity on her floundering boyfriend and comes to his rescue* I think what he’s trying to say is that maybe a proposal is a bit premature. I’m only a freshman in college—not even nineteen yet. I think Grayson and I would both like to finish school before we start thinking about anything like that.
Grayson: School! Right! We definitely want to finish school first! I mean, what’s the rush, you know? *glances at Avery with a slightly panicked expression* Right?
Avery: *giggles again* Right. There’s no rush. I don’t need a ring to know how much you love me.
Grayson: *smiles sheepishly at Brenda* I don’t deserve this girl.
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 and four children.
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This book was fanfreakingtastic! It was touching, funny, and sweet. I went through so many strong emotions while reading this book that I almost felt bipolar. I had many laugh out loud moments and just as many bouts of tears. I stayed up all night finishing this book. I was so engrossed that I couldn't go to bed until I finished!
Holy awesome characters! Grayson was so incredibly sweet. Avery was smart, sweet and somewhat fragile. It was easy to root for her. The nerd herd was awesome too, especially Libby. ;-) It was interesting to see two social classes ~ the nerds and the popular clique come together. lol! :D
There were a few bad words. Other than that the content was clean. It is appropriate for teen readers as well as adults.
Who knew science could be so entertaining? The blurb pretty much tells you what the story is about but just the bare minimum.
I really, really, really think you should add this awesome book to the top of your TBR list! I think this is one that everyone will enjoy. It would be almost impossible not to!
I received an ecopy from the extremely talented Kelly Oram, Author Extraordinaire in exchange for my honest opinion. If you haven't figured it out already, I absolutely loved it!
Which social class did you belong to when you were in school?
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