Now this book released on Monday. Shame on me for not getting this post out earlier, but sometimes life has a tendency to get in the way. This past week life got in the way beyond comprehension. Let’s just say, I have been running here and there, trying to keep everything going as usual, and I was not able to get enough of reading in. Can you see what a though week this has been for me?!?!?
Anyways, enough of my grumbling, and on to The Libby Garreth Intervention, the second book in the Science Geek Saga, a sequel to the Avery Shaw Experiment.
Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson’s hot lovin’. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn’t appreciate all of Libby’s awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they’re dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she’s the only one who can’t see it.
When Libby’s behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program—Owen’s Anonymous—and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard as nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.
Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he’s crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson—a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.
Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he’s the perfect candidate to be Libby’s sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?
This follow-up companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment can be read as a stand alone. (But where’s the fun in that?) 😉
Libby is a real force to be reckoned with. She is SUPER-smart, and a really witty person. She honestly has a comeback for everything. But like most girls, she struggles with issues, and hers come in the form of weight issues, due to health problems.
In book 1 we see her hook up with Owen Jackson, and sadly there is not much more to their relationship than the pure physical aspect of it. Owen is basically ashamed of Libby, and gets together with her in private, looking for a good time with no extra strings attached. This has influenced Libby’s whole outlook on life, and made her change a lot about herself. She has changed the way she dresses, has dyed her hair, all in an attempt to have Owen accept her. In doing so, she is slowly losing her friends, until they stage an intervention to knock some sense into her.
This is where Adam enters the story. He has crushed on Libby for years, and is reluctant to get involved in the intervention, but Avery ropes him into it. Soon he is Libby’s sponsor, helping her get sobered up from her destructive addiction to Owen Jackson.
This book is a little different to Avery’s story, as Libby is a lot more in your face, no-filter-speak-her-mind kind of person. It has its charms, but when you are a hormonal teenager, it can get a little intense at times.
I also found this book to be more than just a fluffy teenage story. Libby’s issues are very valid, and hit home. I, as most women I know, have struggled with negative self-image, and could relate to Libby so well. Also reading Adam’s side, and his issues of unimportance made it all too real. This book hits a few real life struggles right on the head, but in that typical, laugh-out-loud Kelly Oram way. She has this amazing talent of making the book read like a easy-breezy read, yet giving you real food for thought. I really had a long look at myself after reading this, and realized I needed to stop putting myself down for not achieving what to society might be the norm, but being happy with being me. And having the right person loving you, that makes all the difference. Like Libby, I have the guy who notices the dress, who sees me, and who makes me feel amazing!
NOTE: I would say this is a PG-13 read, but due to the innuendo, I would suggest it more appropriate for young adults.
About the Author
Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.