on October 24th, 2015
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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?
So I was pleasantly surprised by this one and am looking forward to checking out more books by this author! I’ll admit that I didn’t read Avery Shaw’s story, but I adored Libby and although I wasn’t sure about all the background on Avery, I did love her as a supporting character here. There were so many good things that happened in this book and I love reading unique YA books.
I loved Libby, sometimes I did want to shake her for not seeing her own worth as a person. But that’s what makes her so realistic. I see myself in Libby, and that can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s definitely needed. While Owen was a total jerk, I did get why Libby chose to be with him and I truly sympathized with her throughout a good portion of the novel. On the other hand, I REALLY felt for Adam. He was a guy who worked extremely hard, and even gave up graduating from high school just so he could have sole custody of his little sister since his dad wasn’r around and his mom was an alcoholic. I’m always a sucker for boys in books who have had a crush on the MC since forever but she doesn’t know and this was no exception at all. I loved how Adam saw Libby for who she really was. These are two incredible characters and I loved getting to see the story from their dual perspectives.
Besides the two awesome main characters, the book also has tons of important and fun supporting characters. I felt like Adam’s little sister Katie was endearing and BA all at once. I also loved the Science Squad and felt like they each had their own distinctive personality that managed to set them apart. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting to see more of their stories in the following books! (If she writes more books, of course) Don’t even get me started on how awesome Libby’s parents are. Her dad is a professional snowboarder and both of her parents are completely in love with each other, young, and they actually get along with Libby. I love how supportive both parents are from the very beginning of the book. I also was a huge fan of the growing bond that Adam had with Libby’s parents, even before he and Libby became much closer.
In short, I would certainly recommend this book. It brings up the issue of body image, which makes it an important read for pretty much every girl, regardless of your age. I also was impressed by the writing and drawn into this world that the author created, along with seriously memorable characters.
About the Author
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
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