I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram
Series: Science Squad #2
Source: Author, Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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?) 😉
Avery sighed and took a sip of hot chocolate. “The old Libby wasn’t dependant on anyone except herself,” she said. “So we just need to find the old Libby and bring her back.”
It would be nice to start feeling like myself again, but that wasn’t going to solve my problem. “The old Libby didn’t know Owen. Owen is what killed the old Libby. Old Libby jumped aboard the Owen train faster than the new Libby does. If I couldn’t resist him then, how am I supposed to be able to do it now that I know all the different ways he can take me planes of ecstasy only reached by women in fiction novels? How am I supposed to say no to that? Why would I say no to that?”
Why indeed? This conversation was supposed to be helping me get over Owen, but my hand was on my car keys and I was calculating the time it would take me to get to his dorm if I left right now.
“Okay, okay, so finding the old Libby won’t be enough. What we really need to do is find a way to cure you of your Owen dependency, so that New Libby or Old Libby, it won’t matter.”
Sure. That’s all we had to do. It seemed a hopeless case to me. “How are we ever going to do that? Even if you don’t drive me up to UVU anymore, he’s going to come home for the summer very soon. He’s Grayson’s best friend and I’m your best friend, so we’re going to be pitted together all the time automatically, and then I’ll be up at school with him in the fall. Dorm rooms…no parental supervision…how will I survive?”
“We’ll just have to get you over him before school is out. We’ll have you cured by graduation.”
“That’s only a month away!”
“Just stop panicking and give me a second.”
Avery’s eyes fell shut and bounced back and forth beneath her eyelids as her brain kicked into gear. I sat back and let her do her thing. I was every bit as smart as Avery, but numbers were more my game. Numbers and equations always had rules to follow. Everything worked in a specific order. Science was different. Science was about thinking outside of what we already know. It was about expanding possibilities beyond the rules in order to find a solution. Avery was good at thinking outside the box.
We sat there long enough for me to finish off my cider. I was just about to give up all hope when Avery’s mouth curved up into a wide smile. Her eyes snapped open and focused on me with so much surety it was hard not to feel her excitement. “You figured it out,” I said, trying and failing to squelch my hope.
“I’ve figured it out,” Avery agreed.
“What?” The anticipation was killing me. “What are we going to do?”
“You’ll see. Just give me a few minutes to talk to Josiah.”
Avery’s grin was devious. Whatever she was up to, I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be as excited about it as she was. She jumped up clapping her hands together. “This is going to be so great!”
So, what should you know about Kelly Oram?
The Obvious: I love to write & I’m a ginger.
I wrote my first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about my favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which my family and friends still tease me. I’m obsessed with reading, talk way too much, and like to eat frosting by the spoonful. I live outside of Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, four children, and my cat, Mr. Darcy. And we named his litter box Pemberly because it’s where he makes ten thousand (poops) a year!
The Fun Stuff:
- I love to sing and went to college as a voice performance major.
- I once competed in the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant. (I did not win LOL.)
- I’m a baseball fanatic. (Go D-backs!)
- I broke my head as a kid and had to wear a hockey helmet to school as my cast.
- I own my own 10-sided dice for role-playing that no one but me is allowed to role.
- I’m left handed.
- I am credited as associate producer for the independent film Amber Alert.
- I live for road trips. Best vacation I ever took was a three-week coast-to-coast-and-back drive with my father.
- The Backstreet Boys were my 1D in high school, and I was a total fangirl. I still have a whole collection of fan paraphernalia.
- I took both golf and bowling classes in college to fulfill my PE credits. (I still suck at both.)
The Bookish Stuff:
When did you develop an interest in writing?
I think I was born this way. I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember—as soon as I knew how to read and write. My mother says that even before that I would draw pictures and the pictures would tell stories.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are so many! Jen Wylie, Annette Marie, Meg Cabot, John Green, Simone Elkeles, Cinda Chima Williams, Kristin Cashore, Julianne Donaldson, Karen Lynch… just to name a few. This list could go on forever.
Who are some of your favorite book characters?
Mr. Darcy is a classic. I love him so much I named my cat after him. I also love Phillip from Julianne Donaldson’s Edenbrooke, Daemon from Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series, Suze Simon from Meg Cabot’s Mediator series, Beka Cooper from Tamora Pierce’s Beka Cooper series… this list could also go on forever.
What usually gives you ideas for writing?
Anything and everything! I have so many ideas I never know what to do with them. Half of the time I don’t’ even know where the idea came from. My brain never stops.
How did you come up with the idea for The Libby Garrett Intervention?
Well, first, I have to explain a little about the first book in the series, The Avery Shaw Experiment. The concept for a girl getting over a broken heart using the seven stages of grief popped into my head, and before a half an hour was over, I had most of the book plotted. I was in the middle of another manuscript at the time, but I went home and wrote Avery’s prologue right away. Five weeks later I had a finished book. The Avery Shaw Experiment has been my easiest book to write so far. It just flowed so naturally, and honestly, I blame that on Avery and Grayson’s natural chemistry. (Hehe science pun totally intended!)
Libby was a little different. The idea didn’t come as easy. It took a lot more planning. I loved Libby’s character from The Avery Shaw Experiment, and really wanted to write her a story, but it took me a long time to commit to it. As much as everyone asked for a Libby and Owen story, I really felt like Owen wasn’t the right one for her. The idea for The Libby Garrett Intervention sparked from me imagining what a relationship between Owen and Libby would be like based on their characters from The Avery Shaw Experiment. I just couldn’t imagine Owen ever being a Grayson and falling for Libby the way she deserved. That’s where the idea of Libby’s “addiction” to Owen came in and it was a short leap from there to the Twelve Step program. I loved the idea of the steps because it fit perfectly with the stages of grief I used in the first book. It was the perfect companion story. And suddenly, volia! I had the next book.
Are you a science geek yourself?
I am a geek of many colors. Music, fantasy, sic-fi, choir, books… But no, I was never a science geek. I was actually a very mediocre-to-horrible student. I never liked the academic stuff, and I struggled with a lot of it. (I spent too much time in my own imagination!) But, that said, I can see the fun in doing science experiments, and I find the occasional documentary about science stuff interesting. Most of my science geek inspiration was drawn from my mother. (She is a HUGE science nerd!) The woman love bugs and dissection and all things dealing with the human body. She worked in a chemistry lab when I was younger and now works with a team of rocket scientists putting rockets in space and sending supplies to the space stations and things like that. It’s a dream come true for her every time she travels to Virginia to launch one of her rockets. She’s a hard-core nerd and I love her dearly for it, which is way I had to dedicate The Avery Shaw Experiment to her. (Love you Mom!)
Will there be more Science Squad books in the future?
There will be at least one more. I have a story already plotted out for one of the other science squad geeks, though my writing schedule is so packed that it will probably take me a couple years to get to it. After that, I don’t know. I’d love to end the series with Aiden’s story, but I’d have to actually come up with a story for him first. I’ve put the idea in my head though, and am letting it simmer, so we’ll see what happens.
What’s your favorite scene from The Libby Garrett Intervention?
Oh man, that is hard. I basically love every scene with Adam and Libby. They are two explosive characters, and you never know what’s going to happen between them. Oddly enough, though, my favorite scene in the book is between Adam and his younger sister Kate. The two of them have had a rough life, and it’s given them a very special, close relationship. I loved having their dynamic in the book, and had so much fun writing their scenes. Without giving away any spoilers, there is a scene in the book where Kate calls out Adam on his feelings for Libby. I love this scene because I feel it explains so much about Adam—who he is as a person, why he acts the way he does. In this one scene, you get to know him, and you fall for him. Well, at least I hope you do. This is the scene where I truly fell in love with him, anyway.
What’s next after The Libby Garrett Intervention? What are you currently working on?
After Libby, my next release is scheduled for March 1st, 2016. It’s a sweet new adult contemporary romance set in New York City titled If We Were A Movie. It’s part of a 12-book, 12-author series that should be a lot of fun. The series is called The Power of the Matchmaker series. It starts with a prequel novella called The Power of the Matchmaker which is available for preorder now and I bleve releases in November. It’s about a young Chinese woman who becomes this sort of magical immortal matchmaker named Pearl. The following 12 novels are stories of Pearl’s matchmaking adventures across time. Each novel is written by a different bestselling author, and the stories are in many different genres. The one thing they all have in common? Pearl the matchmaker is up to her usual tricks to make the leads fall in love.
As soon as I’m finished with all my edits for If We Were A Movie, then it’s back to finishing the third Jamie Baker novel and the fourth Supernaturals novel. I don’t have release dates for either of those books, but both should be out next year.
I absolutely love the message behind this book. Libby is the embodiment of every overweight, insecure teenager. No, not just teenagers, adult woman too.
Adam, oh sweet, compassionate, wise beyond his years Adam, he is the man that every woman longs for, that every woman deserves. It isn’t just the way he talks to, and about Libby that makes him so perfect, it’s that he himself is imperfect and realizes it. It’s not just that he tells Libby she’s beautiful and phenomenal, it’s that he LOOKS at her and see’s it.
Libby is frustrating and drives me crazy how she lets Owen treat her. It’s how she focuses on the small ways he makes her feel special when they are alone and not on the way he makes her feel about herself the rest of the time. It’s the way that she started treating her friends after she started sneaking around with Owen and the ways that she changed her hair & clothes to impress him. It’s awful to watch but even more awful to realize that this happens all the time in real life.
The whole intervention and 12-steps to getting over Owen plan was a unique way that Libby’s friends came up with to help Libby find her way back to herself but at times it felt a little contrived. Adam being experienced with it tended to make me more sad that impressed. I love that he took it so seriously and that no matter how he felt about Libby, he did his best not to mess with her process by going after her but I wish that at 19 years old he wasn’t so good at it.
The message of this book alone is what makes it so good and it’s definitely something I would suggest to my teenage daughter. I just hope that someday she finds her Adam.
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My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.
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