Here’s To: The Libby Garett Intervention by Kelly Oram

by Kelly Oram

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: 24 October 2015, Bluefields

GENRE: Contemporary, Humour, Romance, Young Adult

PAGESeARC, 249 pages

SOURCEeARC received from the author



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?

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KELLY_pic_small 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, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.

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Okay. I can’t calm down.

Where do I start? I could use a new format for reviewing books and I could do the same as I did with The Avery Shaw Experiment but… well, I’m drained.

Hmmm, I’m going to start by saying that this book is crazy af. I mean, when you start with the book, you have to be ready for all the feels. All the quotes. All the heartbreak.

Oh my I’ll start with that heartbreak. Oh, wait, never mind, I don’t know how to say it without spoilers. I’ll just start with the writing, instead. Kelly’s writing is wonderful as always. But this time, there was little difference between Libby’s voice and Adam’s. I’m bad with explaining stuff but I’ll try. I dunno why it (the minimal difference with the characters’ voices) felt like that but it did. I mean, sometimes there’s a clear boundary between them but unlike Grayson and Avery, I think Adam and Libby are more the same on the inside than the outside. Maybe that’s why they sounded somewhat similar to each other.

I cleared it up, omg.

But anyway, I want to point out that this book, written in alternating POV between Adam and Libby in first person, is magical. I mean, all the love, all the happenings, all the twists, all the emotions, all the quotes. My goodness.

Let’s move on to the characters. Libby is funny, cute, smart, and definitely unique. But in the start, I’d have to say the truth that I was quite disappointed with how she turned out. I mean, I’m much more disappointed in how Owen turned out but come on, Libby. You shouldn’t have let that happen. I don’t wanna blame her but as I said, she’s supposed to be smarter than that. But then again, love renders anyone stupid. Okay, in Libby’s case, it turned out to be a toxic obsession but in Adam’s case, well… Adam is a little genius. Actually, as much as I was so excited for this book because LIbby! I am much more attached to Adam. He is the typical YA hero. Damaged to some point, leader of a pack, smart dude, the dark exterior, the soft and sweet interior. And I can’t help but fall for him over and over and over again. Okay, I know it’s such a sad case that I still fall for such a cliche character but he’s extremely sweet and he makes my heart cry and beat at the same time.

Let’s move on to how cute that plot is. That’s all I can say. It’s adorable, unique, and I died reading this. 

OverallThe Libby Garett Intervention had a really heartbreaking plot twist, very unrealistic ending, and a cute, sweet adventure. I love the skateboard, snowboard, the prom, the characters, the everything. This is quite away from the science squad although of course, they’re still related but mostly on the start and near end. Speaking of ending, the way things ended inside the science squad was quite interesting. *wink wink* OKAY I’M FREAKING OUT AGAIN Anyways. I love how both of their feelings were expressed really real in this book. That’s one thing that Kelly has done again. She had the feelings down to reality. And all the quotes, my goddesses help me. When it comes down to it, this novel is extremely great. I love the way the romance played out, the unrealness of Libby’s parents and their love and care for her, and how the friendship factor is strong. I just love this book to pieces. Now go and pick you copy up because I want you need this awesomeness in your life.

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