Author: Kelly Oram
Series: Stand Alone
Published: May 2, 2013
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
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.
My Thoughts and Review:
Can I just say for the record that I love all of Kelly's books but this one truly was just what I needed when I needed it. I have been reading way too many dystopians lately and this truly was like a breath of fresh air.
I was completely sucked in after the first (yes I said first) prologue. And can I again, for the record just flat out state that I love and adore Grayson? He is awesomesauce personified. Truly one of my favorite male characters to date. I loved absolutely everything about him.
He was sweet, funny, kind, a complete horn dog, and incredibly patient with Avery and really helped her through a whole lot of @#$%. I couldn't help but love him.
Not only did I love Grayson but this book was full of fabulous secondary characters. The feisty Libby, Chloe, Pam and Owen. Oh Owen. He and Libby, were hilarious. I loved how terrified Owen was of her and their dynamic was so well done. I think I laughed the most when those two got together.
And even though this book had a lighter tone to it (lots of funny and swoon worthy moments) there were messages behind it as well. This wasn't just a fluff read and I love that about Kelly's books. Not only can I count on something completely entertaining but I can count on something heartfelt and even just a bit emotional.
This was so well done and once again showed me why I love this author's work so much.
*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*