Friday 24 May 2013

Guest Post: Nerdy Books for Book Nerds by Kelly Oram (author of the new release: The Avery Shaw Experiment)

Nerdy Books For Book Nerds
The Avery Shaw Experiment is a classic tale of nerdy-girl-wins-popular-boy. I’ll be the first to admit it’s been done before. I’ll also be the first to admit I LOVE those kinds of books. Maybe that’s why I wrote one. In honor of Avery and Grayson and their hilarious, adorable, geektastic romance, I’m going to share with you a couple of my other favorite “Nerdy” books.

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The first that comes to my mind is Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer. This is a modern YA retelling of the Cinderella fairytale. I am a HUGE Cinderella fan. I will read every Cinderella story, watch every Cinderella movie, and will most likely write my own retelling someday. Love it. Cindy Ella was a great, light, witty, well written, and all around fun book that I have re-read more than once.

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Another one of my favorite nerdy-girl-wins-popular-boy stories is Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot. Vere Roth is the geekiest of geeks but you can’t help loving her. Neither could rock star bad boy Hunter Kennedy. I loved watching their romance unfold, and each of their characters had so much depth to them. This one was a little more angsty, but not over the top. If anything the drama just gave the book more heart.

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The last one I’ll talk about is one of my favorite books from last year—Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. The main character Miss Marianne Daventry isn’t “nerdy” like Avery Shaw, Cindy Gold, or Vere Roth, but she is definitely the odd-girl-out in her society. She can’t seem to conform to the social norm. She’s not the prettiest, plus she’s intelligent, independently minded, entirely too spirited, and not very well connected—everything a well-respected gentleman frowns upon in a woman. All of them except, of course, the rich and handsome flirt Sir Phillip Wyndham. I love this book to bits and pieces! I loved the romance! I loved the banter! I loved both the main characters! I will re-read this book over again for years to come. If you’re a fan of the Pride and Prejudice type, then I definitely recommend you give this book a chance!

About The Avery Shaw Experiment

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.

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Read a Sneak Peek: The Avery Shaw Experiment - Prologue & Chapter 1
About Kelly Oram
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. 

(Bio from Goodreads.)

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Oooh! I haven't read any of those "nerdy" books, but after reading Kelly's thoughts on them, I definitely have to! :D

Like Kelly, I love books where the nerdy girl gets the boy, and when nerdy boys get the girl, too. :D
What about you? What do you think of the "classic tale of nerdy-girl-wins-popular-boy"?
And what do you think of her newest release, The Avery Shaw Experiment?


  1. Ooh, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is already on my TBR list, and now I'm definitely adding Edenbrooke as well.

    1. It's on mine, too....and I actually bought it quite a while ago. Guess I need to finally read it. :P Agreed. ;D

  2. I like fairy tale retellings too! I haven't read Cindy Ella but that sounds like a fun read. Kelly's new book looks interesting as well. :)

    1. Yay a fellow fairy tale retellings fan! :D It sure does! I'm looking forward to reading it. :D

  3. Interesting books over here and I love "nerdy" books. It's definitely something that I'll read ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

    Ann@Blogging Profits


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