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Blog Tour: The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

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Welcome to my stop on The Libby Garrett Intervention blog tour hosted by YABound Tours!
Today I am excited to share my review, Libby's playlist, as well as a giveaway with you all!
 
 


The Libby Garrett Intervention
    by: Kelly Oram

Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2015
Publisher: Bluefields
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC received via YABound Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 244 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

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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?

This follow-up companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment can be read as a stand alone. (But where's the fun in that?)

 
 
I was hoping Kelly Oram would write a Libby and Owen book! The idea of them was so appealing after finishing The Avery Shaw Experiment, so it completely blew my mind to see that they were NOT going to be the ones getting their HEA here. My first thought was "Who the heck is this new guy and why is he encroaching on Owen's territory?" I have to admit I was bummed at first, but quickly changed my tune (especially after seeing how Owen treated her). It's official. I love Adam Koepp. He may have stuck his foot in his mouth in the beginning, but he quickly redeemed himself. He was such a great guy and I was ready to knock some sense into Libby!
 
I'll be honest. Libby drove me pretty nuts in this book. But she was so relatable at the same time. She has always struggled with her insecurities, so when sexy, basketball playing Owen Jackson takes an interest in her, I can't really blame her for becoming addicted to him. I hate that it ended up bringing the people she cares about pain because of how much she let him change her, but at the same time- I got it. She doesn't have much self-worth and so Owen's interest in her gives her some validation, which she desperately craves. However, her obsession with Owen is unhealthy and it's unfair to her. Owen isn't interested in a relationship with her. He makes her feel like crap because he won't go out in public with her in front of their friends, he won't meet her parents, etc. He uses her for sex and that killed me because she deserved so much more. After blowing off an important science event, her friends decide to stage an intervention, which is where Adam comes in. Avery asks him to be Libby's sponsor, as Adam knows his fair share about addiction and how detrimental it can be.
 
Adam and Libby do not get off on the best foot though, as he catches her and Owen in a very compromising position at his workplace (where Avery also works). He says some things he can't take back, but the truth of the matter is Adam has always liked Libby and he hates how much she's changed. Libby has never really noticed the sexy, tatted up barista before, but he definitely has her attention now. Adam was just an all-around good guy. He has his work cut out for him because he has to try and keep his emotions in check while being with her. He is supposed to be her sponsor but sometimes it's hard to keep his feelings for her out of the mix.
 
Libby has to WANT to change though and it definitely takes some soul searching on her own part before it happens. I liked seeing her get to that point because it's so important for her to own who she is and not give a crap what others think about her. Oram handled that so incredibly well and it made the ending so much sweeter because Libby really comes full circle.
 
It was great to see Avery and Grayson again, as they are precious together. I also really enjoyed how much of a presence Libby's parents had, as well as Adam's younger sister, Kate. This was just such a good read with memorable characters and a slow burn romance that will make your heart skip a beat because of how genuine it is. I am so glad we ended up getting Libby's story!
 
 
 
by: Kelly Oram
 
Music says so much about a person. Or, in this case, a book. I generally have a soundtrack or playlist for all of my books that I will listen to over and over again as I work on a project. I need quiet when I'm doing the actual writing part, but I still wear my playlists out all other hours of the day.
 
It's usually a combination of things that will draw a certain song to a book playlist—a sound, or a line of lyrics, or it reminds me of a certain scene or character. For my Libby Garrett Intervention soundtrack, it was definitely all about the Character.
 
Libby Garrett is a one-of-a-kind girl. Her personality is so big, that she tends to be a spotlight hog. It was no different when I put together my playlist for The Libby Garrett Intervention. The songs on this list don't so much remind me of the book as they just feel like Libby. That said, check it out and give it a listen. I guarantee you will come to understand Libby just a little bit better.
 
Here they are in my actual playlist order. Drumroll please...
 
I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You ...... Leon Haywood
It's a Beautiful Day ..... Michael Buble
Lets Get it On ..... Marvin Gaye
Burning Love ..... Elvis Presley
Take Me To Church ..... Hozier
Am I The Same Girl ..... Swing Out Sister & The Fall
Walking On Sunshine ..... Katerina & The Waves
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' ..... Nancy Sinatra
Barracuda ..... Heart
Dancing Queen ..... ABBA
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) ..... Michael Jackson
Wicked Game ..... Chris Issac
I'm Every Woman ..... Whitney Houston
I Will Survive ..... Gloria Gaynor
Respect ..... Aretha Franklin

 
 
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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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4 comments

  1. This one sounds so good and I have wanted to read The Avery Shaw Experiment for a while now. Also these covers are super cute. Great review!

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  2. I really liked the first book in this series, so I'll have to pick this one up soon. Ugh though. Owen sounds like a nightmare. But I'm looking forward to meeting Adam! He sounds like a swoony guy! ;)
    Great review, Jess!

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  3. The Avery Shaw Experiment was such a fun read, so I'm hoping I'll be able to read this one as well. It sounds like I need to get Libby's story. Plus I want to meet Adam. :)

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  4. I really enjoyed this one too!! As you mentioned, I loved the parental involvement. And that they weren't perfect and made honest mistakes, but learned from them. Great review! :)

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