Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Hardcover, 371 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.50

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.

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five star

Five “Amazing” Stars

This is such a cute read!! I couldn’t put this book down once I started it.

When you strip this story down to its bare bones, this is the typical bad boy turns good for the girl.
THIS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

Robin Constantine created characters that had complex pasts and personalities. Told from both Wren and Grayson’s POV, readers get a thorough understanding of the story and these characters.

“Too quiet” is the label that follows Wren wherever she goes. Throughout the novel, she learns that being quiet is not necessarily a terrible thing. She grows as person and learns to stand up for herself. She doesn’t let what people say define her decisions and who she is. Grayson, her love interest, plays an important role in her development.

Grayson seems like your classic playboy but in reality, he is sweet, smart, romantic and a good person. He just hasn’t had the best influences. When Constantine hinted at an illegal “business” I really thought it was about drugs. THANK GOD IT WASN’T. She had me at her clever plot twist.  Because of his stupid choices, he risks his relationship with his mother, who divorced his father, and his education.

I love reading from his POV and seeing how both characters fell in love with each other. With Wren and Grayson’s circumstances, this story underlines a message that sometimes people come into your life for a reason. Wren and Grayson bring the potential of a better person out from each other and that is what the person you love should bring out of you. There was heart-warming moments and it moved at a reasonable pace. The book wasn’t rushed or forced either.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot but it will definitely keep you on your toes. Themes like drugs, sex and cheating were also integrated in this book.

Constantine wrote a beautiful and honest novel. I recommend this to chick-lit lovers and those who are looking for a sweet, but angsty, romance novel.

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