My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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?
Beware spoilers ahead!
Back in 2015 I read the first book The Avery Shaw Experiment. I did enjoy the book but it had it’s flaws. I got an email from GR about the sequel (this book) and was surprised. Libby was one of my favourite characters and I was excited to read this. I immediately added it and then bought the e-book. I am happy to say that I liked this book!
This book takes place a year after the previous book. Libby has been seeing Owen for the past year. But she hasn’t realized just how much the relationship has taken a toll on her. Owen and Libby have spent the whole night together. When the book begins they go to get some coffee from Libby’s favourite coffee store.
Avery has recently been working at the coffee shop and Libby tends to come every single day. They enter and the guy who normally makes Libby’s drink takes their orders. Libby asks for an apple cider. Which said guy knows because he’s usually the one that makes it for her. The guy turns out to be Adam and they talk for a bit. Libby being Libby mentions that he should smile more often. Owen gets offended that she’s flirting with the coffee guy.
When Owen places his order he makes a comment about Libby’s weight. Offended and hurt Libby excuses herself and goes to the bathroom. Owen arrives and convinces her that it was just because he was angry at Adam. Owen sweet talks Libby and she takes him to the break room where the two proceed to have sex.
Adam for the life of him cannot understand why girls always end up choosing awful boyfriends. Is it because they have good looks and popularity? Who knows. You are then told that Adam has had a crush on Libby since he was 14 years old. He used to go to the same high school but dropped out so he could provide for his little sister Kate.
A delivery guy comes to deliver some coffee stuff and Adam takes him to the break room. Much to his surprise he finds Libby and Owen on the sofa. He kicks them out. And leaves the room before he does something stupid. Avery, Grayson, and the rest of the science squad enter. Avery explains that because Libby didn’t show up they lost and Tara (her partner) couldn’t present their idea. Adam feeling terrible takes Grayson and Avery to explain them that Libby’s been with Owen.
Once they’re in a corner and he starts to explain them everything. Libby and Owen come out. At first they don’t notice Avery and Grayson standing. But then Avery gets Libby’s attention. Libby and Owen are shocked to see their best friends. Grayson asks why Owen never told him that he was spending time with his girlfriend. And Owen replies that they aren’t dating. Adam cuts in and mentions that Libby and Owen were in the break room.
Owen gets mad at Adam but before they can get in an actual fight Grayson takes him out. Avery is on the verge of tears and apologizes to Adam. Libby interjects that it’s not Avery’s fault but Adam’s. Adam then tells her about Tara. And Libby immediately starts to apologize to Avery. Avery is not having it. After some rude but true words from Adam Libby leaves right in front in of the rest of the science squad.
Adam manages to calm Avery down. The two of them talk about how Owen has changed Libby. Libby is no longer confident in herself. She’s ditched her friends on numerous occasions to spend time with Owen. After some more talking Avery asks for Adam’s help in staging an intervention.
This book was much better than The Avery Shaw Experiment! I love how the author included abusive relationships and didn’t try to romanticize it! As usual the writing style was good and captured Libby and Adam very well! I liked reading about the intervention and then later on the twelve step program. It was very interesting and educational.
Throughout the book you are shown exactly how Libby changed. She started wearing different clothes for Owen (she actually stopped wearing all her cat shirts). She dyed her hair blonde. She ditched all her friends and didn’t even notice it when they stopped hanging out with her all together. And lastly she stuck with Owen because she believed that no other guy would love her due to her weight. To her it was better to have a physical relationship with someone because then at least she’d be wanted. It was truly heart breaking. I loved it when she started taking steps to move on from Owen and focus on herself. And she made amends to everyone she hurt. Which was very sweet.
Adam has had a very hard life. His father ditched his family when he was young and after that his mother became an alcoholic. He and his sister tried staging and intervention for their mother but it didn’t work. When he was 18 he moved out and became the legal guardian for Kate. He’s had a crush on Libby since he was 14. And in all the years they went to the same skate park and serving apple cider she hasn’t noticed him. He’s pretty sure that she won’t ever like him. When Avery mentions the intervention he decides to help Libby. All while trying to keep his personal feelings in a bag. I really loved Adam! I liked him way more than Grayson. He was honest and stood up for the people he loved. At times he was brutal in his honestly but it’s better than lying and sugar coating in my opinion. He tries very hard to set aside his personal feelings and help Libby. He was a great mentor and helped her a lot.
I loved all the friendships and family support in this book! Libby’s friends and parents were so sweet. When Adam explained her parents the situation they took it well and were happy to have Adam help Libby. Her parents were also pretty funny. Adams sister Kate was a lot like him. She was protective of Adam and tried to get Libby and Adam together. I loved her! If there’s going to be a third book I hope it’ll be about her! The science squad had Libby’s back throughout the whole journey.
Adam was perfect for Libby! He cared about her and treated her the way she deserved to be treated. The romance is really slow burn. Adam didn’t want to pressure Libby into a relationship because she was still trying to move on from Owen. They waited until they were ready to start dating. Which happens literally at the end of the book. There’s plenty of tension and Adam restraining himself and setting his feelings aside.
Note there is more focus on sex in this book than there was in the first book. Also you don’t have to read the first book to read this book. But I suggest that you so that you can really see the differences in Libby’s behaviour. I didn’t have any problems with this book. I just didn’t love it. Hence the four star rating.
Overall this was a great book! I recommend it to fans of the author, fans of the first book, and anyone who is looking for a book about abusive relationships.