Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Published: December 31st 2013
Date Read: January 2nd 2014
Rating: 2 stars
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 cover screams humongous amount of cuteness and adorableness, anybody disagree with me there? I guess no one. It’s too adorable for you not to stop and stare and add it up to your ‘to-read’ shelf right? But I guess, my expectations were raised too high and the whole story unfortunately didn’t suffice that expectation.
The freshness of young love never fails to make my heart flutter even just a little bit. The Promise of Amazing gives us a an eye view on how a simple infatuation turned into the wonderland of young love. But that is not only what this book is about for there are a lot more maze inside it – some I praised for its originality but the others I think are unnecessary.
The protagonists are likable though a bit frustrating at times. Wren is okay and she’s a very genuine character, but It’s too tiring hearing her complaining about people seeing her as the “quiet” one. Instead of doing something to remedy her reputation to what people think about her she just complained and complained and complaining doesn’t accomplish anything. Same thing with Grayson, I like his hilariousness and smart-mouthed-ness. I love his carefree attitude at the same time he frustrates me with his inability to make his own decision especially when Luke is on his back.
It’s really not a bad book, its a cute one but needed more sharpening around its edges. The whole story was good but it feels like it lacks something more on the ‘heart-fluttering’ department, but in all it was an okay YA read.
*ARC kindly provided by Balzer + Bray thru Edelweiss.*