Saturday, October 24, 2015

Review: The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

Read:  October 11th - 13th, 2015

Type:  Kindle

Source:  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

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From Goodreads:  
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?

The Libby Garrett Intervention is the sequel to The Avery Shaw Experiment, and if you were a fan of the first book, you'll enjoy this one, as well.  It's a quick, light read that deals with a serious subject.  Libby is addicted to Owen - a guy who is not good for her at all.  She knows Owen is using her, and even though he's ashamed to be seen with her because of her weight, and won't admit even to his best friend that he "dates" her (though "date" is definitely not the right word, as Owen never wants to go out in public with her), she just can't give him up.  Her self esteem is so low that she believes she'll never get anyone else if she loses Owen, so she puts up with the embarrassment of knowing her "boyfriend" is ashamed of her.

She's changed and her friends are tired of her ditching them for Owen.  After Libby misses the science fair and causes Tara to have to drop out of the event, the Science Squad decides some tough love is in order, and they stage an intervention.  Avery enlists Adam, who works at their favorite coffee shop, to be Libby's sponsor.  Even though she's not an alcoholic, they follow the AA's Twelve Step Program to try to help Libby get over Owen.

While I didn't like how some things were handled, I ultimately enjoyed the book, and was satisfied with the ending.  Though this is a sequel, it can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading The Avery Shaw Experiment first.  Kelly Oram is a wonderful author, and though this wasn't my favorite book, I will definitely read any more books she writes in this series.

The Libby Garrett Intervention is a well-written YA romance with an interesting conflict and resolution, distinct characters and voices, and a plethora of geeky references.  I would definitely recommend to fans of YA romances.

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