It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.
The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.
5 REASONS TO READ CINDER & ELLA
“The problem with fairy tales is that most of them begin with tragedy.”
💜 Speaking from experience, it'll a 1000% surely warm even the coldest of hearts. I do love a good, emotional contemporary and, even if some people question it, I do have the capacity to feel all warm and fuzzy while reading particularly lovely scenes. However, it's extremely rare when I find myself actually smiling whilst reading,
I'm like the Psy in Psy-Changeling, even when I feel stuff it rarely shows on my face, yet I was positively beaming at various parts of the novel. It was a problem, though - the person who was sitting next to me on the train kept glancing at me like, wtf is wrong with this girl!?
💜 Being a Cinderella retelling, I feared that the whole guy-saves-girl-from-sucky-life trope would surface, but the plot was so much more complex than that! Yep, Brian helped Ella cope - just like her other friends, a.k.a. her little support system - but in the end it was only her who could learn to live again and gain more confidence.
💜 However over-the-top and dramatic the whole fake-proposal thing sounds, it wasn't as much of a deal as I'd expected based on the blurb. Kaylee definitely complicated Brian's life and, especially close to the end, caused some trouble, but it wasn't as far-fetched as it could have been.
“I didn't realize upping our relationship to phone buddies would come with a boyfriend title. Does that mean if we ever meet in person, we'll have to get married?”
💜 At first I thought this was going to be one of those novels where the author makes the MC out to be this special snowflake, and thus everyone and their mothers are jealous of her and/or hate her, but that wasn't the case, at all! On the contrary, Kelly Oram emphasized that everyone has their own problems that may make them act one way, but then they'd turn out to be pretty fucking cool.
💜 The whole supporting cast was fantastic, but the one person I'd like to highlight is Ella's father. I love, love, LOVE when parents admit their mistakes (if they made any, I mean), and then their children forgive them. Forgiveness is important, people! No one can go around being mad at everyone for stuff they did ages ago and are trying to make up for. However, it was so freaking realistic that Ella wanted to forgive him, but couldn't just snap her fingers and make all the hurt go away, so this was going to be a process that'd take time.
The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 5/5
The characters: 5/5
Enjoy factor: 5/5
5 REASONS TO READ THE AVERY SHOW EXPERIMENT
💜 Being nerdy is cool, and if you don't believe me, pick this up, and let Avery and the science squad show you how true that statement is. They're cute, funny and so darn supportive of each other that your heart will positively melt.
💜 Same as with Cinder & Ella, the drama wasn't over-done, which I was afraid of, this containing a love triangle and all. However, I honestly think this was one of the best written love triangles I've ever read, with Avery acting smart about the whole thing, and trying to solve her love life, instead of creating more tension and drama.
💜 Let us destroy some high school stereotypes, okay? The overweight girl is confident, attractive and loves herself. The popular kids aren't assholes, and don't back stab people, especially not each other. The nerd kids aren't totally alien after all. This is what I call realistic. *applause*
💜 What a fast and gripping read this was! I started reading it way after midnight just to cheer myself up with some contemporary, and ended up finishing it around 2 hours later with a huge ass smile on my fast. Who needs sleep anyway?
“I’ve got news for you, Aves. When a guy says he wants to take you outin the name of science, he’s totally full of it. He really just wants to take you out.”
“But you’ve taken me out like a million times for the experiment. You kissed me once in the name of science.”
💜 This book was super-duper funny! I wasn't only beaming like crazy, but also laughing out loud, because Kelly Oram sure knows how to write cute and humorous scenes.
The story idea: 3/5
The realization of the story: 4.5/5
The characters: 4/5
The cover: 3/5
Enjoy factor: 5/5