Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: The Promise of Amazing

Title: The Promise of Amazing
AuthorRobin Constantine
Format: ARC
Release DateDecember 31, 2013
PublisherBalzer & Bray
Rating: 3.5-4 Cows

 Goodreads Desciption:

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.

I must admit that I have seen several bad reviews forTHE PROMISE OF AMAZING. However, I must say that I rather liked it. It wasn’t spectacular or anything but I did enjoy and thought it was quite cute.

First things, first, I should point that I have soft spot in my heart for bad boys named Grayson because, well, that’s my son’s name and at five he definitely has some bad moments. So Grayson Barrett caught a break from me right out the gate. Names aside, Grayson did win me over. Being able to see things from his point of view, I was able to see that Grayson’s feelings for Wren were true and he was trying to be better. (However, he still made some major mistakes but that’s all teenage guys, right?)

really liked Wren and thought she was rather adorable. The excuses she came up with to be alone with Grayson were hilarious. I enjoyed seeing her grow and change and finally find herself. I feel like both Wren and Grayson were lost and trying to find their place in the world and the differences in their personalities helped them to help each other.

I know a lot of people complained about instalove in this book but honestly it didn’t bother me. I’m okay with it as long as I can see the connection and I could for Wren and Grayson. And seriously, we are talking about teenagers here. There are going to be times when instalove happens because isn’t that how teenagers are? I know my sister loved every guy she ever dated and he was just the sweetest guy in the world until…he wasn’t anymore. The point I’m trying to make is that I think people get carried away dissinginstalove when it’s something that does happen, especially with teenagers.

Overall, I thought THE PROMISE OF AMAZING was a good book. It didn’t completely blow me away but I think for a debut writer Robin Constantine has a lot of potential and I am definitely looking forward to more books by her in the future.


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