TITLE: The Libby Garrett Intervention
SERIES: Science Squad
AUTHOR: Kelly Oram
PUBLISHER: Bluefields Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: October 24, 2015
RATING: 5 bows
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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?) 😉
Music says so much about a person. Or, in this case, a book. I generally have a soundtrack or playlist for all of my books that I will listen to over and over again as I work on a project. I need quiet when I’m doing the actual writing part, but I still wear my playlists out all other hours of the day.
It’s usually a combination of things that will draw a certain song to a book playlist—a sound, or a line of lyrics, or it reminds me of a certain scene or character. For my Libby Garrett Intervention soundtrack, it was definitely all about the Character.
Libby Garrett is a one-of-a-kind girl. Her personality is so big, that she tends to be a spotlight hog. It was no different when I put together my playlist for The Libby Garrett Intervention. The songs on this list don’t so much remind me of the book as they just feel like Libby. That said, check it out and give it a listen. I guarantee you will come to understand Libby just a little bit better.
Here they are in my actual playlist order. Drumroll please…
I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You …… Leon Haywood
It’s a Beautiful Day ….. Michael Buble
Lets Get it On ….. Marvin Gaye
Burning Love ….. Elvis Presley
Take Me To Church ….. Hozier
Am I The Same Girl ….. Swing Out Sister & The Fall
Walking On Sunshine ….. Katerina & The Waves
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ….. Nancy Sinatra
Barracuda ….. Heart
Dancing Queen ….. ABBA
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) ….. Michael Jackson
Wicked Game ….. Chris Issac
I’m Every Woman ….. Whitney Houston
I Will Survive ….. Gloria Gaynor
Respect ….. Aretha Franklin
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I had super high expectations for this novel. I LOVED The Avery Shaw Experiment. Avery’s story was that stay-up-all-night have to finish it while making you fall completely in love with all the characters, even the jackass ones. So when Kelly announced a sequel, I was overjoyed. More of the Science Squad? Bring. It. On. I was excited to see through Libby’s eyes. You see her as a quirky, confident character in Avery, and I wholeheartedly believe we need more of those characters in YA. More girls who are confident, but more than that, more imperfect girls who are confident in their imperfections. Libby is not a traditionally pretty, skinny, popular girl who knows that. She is chubby and smart and a big nerd and yet she loves all of those qualities about herself. I wanted, needed, to see more of that girl.
Then you start The Libby Garrett Intervention and Libby has changed. In the gap between the end of TASE and the beginning of TLGI, Libby’s self-confidence has been worn down. She has started secretly dating a guy who doesn’t appreciate her awesomeness and he’s been chipping away at everything we (and the Science Squad) loved about Libby. She’s no longer cocky and confident and completely dedicated to her friends. Now, she is self-conscious and blows off her friends constantly to see a guy who won’t even acknowledge to mutual friends that he is dating Libby. Because he is not dating Libby. He is using her as a fuck buddy and she just refuses to come to terms with that. When her friends have enough, they stage an intervention and that is when the magic happens. Libby finally starts to see how much she has changed and really work to get back to her former self. I loved every minute of her journey.
Then we have Adam. Adam’s crush on Libby is down-right adorable. He’s nice-guy persona, even more so. His dedication to taking care of his sister? Well, let’s just say I was swooning early on. I loved his willingness to help Avery redeem Libby even though it didn’t really fit into his schedule. I loved his honest evaluation of himself and his sacrificial tendencies when it came to caring for his sister. I loved watching his frustration at Libby with the way she’d let Owen destroy her and continue to do so.
Oram does one better. She doesn’t give me the story I was expecting. Before I read the synopsis, I was fully expecting a story where Libby’s awesomeness wins Owen over. At the end of TASE, Libby flirts with Owen pretty heavily, so I fully expecting a Libby/Owen romance. But that isn’t what Oram delivers. She gives us a much more diverse and interesting tale of a girl trying to find her way back to confidence. A girl struggling with the same issue we all struggle with and come out victorious. What off-kilter high school girl wouldn’t want to have the high school basketball star drooling over her? I’d imagine that is a pretty addicting feeling. Watching Libby overcome that addiction was fascinating.
We also get a leading guy who is completely okay with a girl who isn’t a stick! Libby is overweight, there is no way around that, but Adam thinks she is perfect as is. He accepts her in her current condition, with no stipulation that she should be slimmer or attempt to help her shed a few pounds so she’ll look better. That is also something we need more of in YA. Characters who love and accept others as is. It’s the example we should be setting, not the small-minded idea that everyone has to fit into a particular mold to be successful and happy.
I can’t say that I loved this more than The Avery Shaw Experiment, I think I just loved them in different ways. They are both amazing novels with stories that draw you in. Oram has a talent for writing contemporary YAs that really draw you in until you can’t concentrate on anything until you have completed the story. You love the great characters and hate the jackasses and just want the heroine to succeed in her endeavors. What more can you ask of a story?
****Thank you to Kelly Oram & YA Bound Blog Tours for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review****
Kelly Oram 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 named Mr. Darcy.