Review: The Promise of Amazing

January 6, 2014 book review 5

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Released: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 371
Format: ebook ARC
Source: publisher

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

THE PROMISE OF AMAZING is a cute, light contemporary that will have you rooting for the bad boy to find his inner good and for the good girl to open up her heart to love again, even in unexpected circumstances.

Wren works at her family’s catering hall and feels like she is nothing more than a statistic. She’s tired of not being good enough for elite colleges, not being good enough for her ex boyfriend, and just not being someone who is memorable. One mundane night during a wedding reception changes her life. She saves the life of Grayson, the boy who has been kicked out of one prep school and still has ties with his former delinquent friends. He can’t stop thinking about Wren and will do anything to prove to her that she is right for him.

This novel is told from both Grayson and Wren’s point of views. The better part of the beginning is all about how Wren hates being “average.” As Kate from Ex Libris said, it seemed like a forced issue she was having and was more tell than show. It got whiny to a point. I was sitting here just wishing she would be a bit more confident in herself and realize that it doesn’t even matter. Because of this, I was more drawn to Grayson. He was shady, told half-truths, and put himself in some situations that could seriously get him in trouble. But he was also extremely misunderstood. He got kicked out of his old school for trying to do something good for other people, although not the most sound method. He really takes a liking to Wren and you can just see how much he wants to be good for her. There were times when I wanted to slap him, but for the most part, I couldn’t help but cheer him on.

The plot kept a steady and fast pace that had me glued in the whole time. I finished it in a day and a half, if that is any indication. What ultimately lacked for me was the development of Wren and Grayson’s relationship. There weren’t enough relationship building scenes. It was a bit on the insta-love side, to be completely honest. Wren saves Grayson’s life, Grayson falls for her almost immediately, and they are together a week later. I  may be rushing the time frame, but it’s close. Once you get past the fact that this relationship was rushed, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING becomes a good contemporary that you’ll find yourself wanting to finish.

4 Thought Clouds

I received an ebook ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


5 Responses to “Review: The Promise of Amazing”

  1. Cait

    I think I want this one… XD I’m a bit tired of the I’m-average-so-therefore-I-suck story line, but I’d be willing to give this a go. (Who doesn’t like questionable save the world methods? 😉 Plus that cover is kind of dang adorable.

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    I’m glad you liked this one. I saw a few really dismal star ratings and it bummed me out and made me push this one aside. I do have it on my Kindle, and need to get to it. I’m so flipping behind on my TBR, but I keep requesting more anyway. I have no will power. Great review!

  3. Nicole

    I am intrigued by this one but I am also a little scared of it’s flaws. I wonder if Wren will drive me crazy in the beginning. But since this is a quick, cute read, I am inclined to read it anyway!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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