Review: The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

libby garrettThe Libby Garrett Intervention
(Science Squad, #2)
By: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Published: Oct. 24, 2015
Genre: YA Romance
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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?

 

 

1thoughtsWhen Libby started hooking up with Owen she changed, and not for the better. She went from being her quirky, larger than life self, to someone who dressed in inappropriate clothing and acted like she had no self-respect. Libby was more or less a shell of her former sell, a ball of insecurities, and Owen didn’t help matters any. He refused to call what they were doing dating, he wouldn’t take her out in public, and essentially was using her for sex. So, when her friends get fed up with it all, they host an intervention. After some convincing, Libby agrees to undergo a twelve-step program called Owen Anonymous with the mysteriously hot barista as her sponsor. Little does she know that Adam’s been harboring a crush on her for years. He’s all too happy to boot Owen out of her life and bring her confidence back up.

I must confess, I did not read the first book in this series, and while it’s not needed, I think I’d have enjoyed this story more. You see, there’s all these references to how Libby was, to Libby’s bff’s struggle with her love life last year, and other drama that apparently happened previously. In all honestly, I felt a little left out. So, while you don’t have to read the previous book, I would.

Given the fact that I have not read the previous book, I didn’t know pre-Owen Libby. I didn’t see the change in her. So, when you start the book, she’s a bit on the promiscuous side. She’s talking about her sexcapades in front of the barista while standing at the counter ordering her drink and she’s sneaking off with Owen to have sex in the coffee shops break-room… it was all a bit too much for me. I was not a Libby fan. Who I was a fan of was Adam, and thank goodness this is a dual POV. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d have done with myself. Adam kept me sane. He’s watched Libby from afar and has just been too afraid to make the first move. Being Libby’s sponsor is serious business for him though. He’s not using it as a means to hook up with her. In fact, he’s adamant throughout the novel to only remain as her sponsor and nothing more until she’s 100% healed. Obviously, this causes a lot of teenage sexual tension. However, I enjoyed it. I loved that Adam was wise beyond his years. He made the story awesome.

“For the first time since the intervention started, I felt sorry for Livvy. I hated what she was doing to herself, but I could understand why she did it. She was lonely. She was desperate. She honestly believed no one would ever love her the right way. I knew what it felt like to believe that you weren’t worthy of being loved. I understood all too well the abuse people put up with because they’re starved for affection. I’d been there.”

While I’m not surprised by anything that went on in the story, I still heavily enjoyed it. This is the first book by Kelly Oram that I’ve read but it won’t be my last. I definitely need to read the first book in the series to get a better feel of all the characters. I really felt like I was missing out on key components and that definitely held me back while reading this. However, I enjoyed reading about Libby’s struggles and watching her journey as she built her confidence back up. Not to mention, I was really happy to see Adam get a happily ever after of his own.

 

1favequote“You can tell me how awesome I am all you want, but the facts don’t lie. I am fat. If guys take notice of me, it’s to tease me or put me down. No one has ever liked me in that way before. Owen may not be as perfect as Grayson, but at lease he wants me. He’s attracted to me. That’s better than nothing.”

 

 

 

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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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5 Thoughts on “Review: The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

  1. This book’s synopsis reminds me of the book, Getting Over Garrett Delaney. It sounds good. I’ll have to check it out. I’ll start with the first book though.

  2. Poor Libby, I like that the author allowed you to understand her and her actions

  3. Libby sounds like a bit much at times but I’m still really curious about this one, but I will definitely start with the first book. Great review!

  4. Happy you still enjoyed it even though you didn’t read the first book. People are liking this series from what I am seeing.

  5. Haven’t heard of this series before. Glad you enjoyed Adam’s character! 😀

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