Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Source: ARC from 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 in 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.
As we all know, I will read pretty much any contemporary YA book out there. And if it sounds like a fun and adorable story, count me in. So Robin Constantine's The Promise of Amazing? Exactly what I want my YA contemporary romances to be. And I loved every page.
Wren has always kind of faded into the background. She's not a misfit, but she's also not the most popular girl in her class. Wren is just the quiet, average girl who works at her family's catering hall. And that's how Wren somehow finds herself saving Grayson from choking to death. Unlike Wren, Grayson was the big man on campus. At least before he got kicked out for selling term papers on the side. Now, Grayson is just trying to break away from his old life. And someone like Wren is just who he needs And just maybe, Grayson could be the one to make Wren feel more than average.
Robin Constantine's The Promise of Amazing had been on my wish list from the first moment I heard about it. Reading the synopsis, this just sounded like such a "me" kind of book. And it was. After just reading a few pages, I knew I would love this story. It was filled with adorably cheesy moments and I loved every one of them. The Promise of Amazing was just an adorable story. I knew from the start that Wren and Grayson would end up together, but I still loved seeing how they got there. And as adorable as the story was, it wasn't always as lighthearted as it appeared to be. Those moments especially came through when I learned more about Grayson's past. And I liked that aspect of the story because it showed that everything wasn't always perfect for everyone. But more than anything, I loved the romance in this story. Sure, it happened a little fast, but it was also fun and adorable and that's what I loved about it. It didn't pretend to be anything it wasn't. And that, more than anything, made me love The Promise of Amazing. It was the kind of adorable, feel-good romance you can't help but smile while you read. And, odds are, it will make you want to watch all the available 80s teen movies.
Have I mentioned that Wren and Grayson were adorable together? Beyond that, they were also great as individuals. Wren had this sweet and innocent quality about her and you could just tell she's just a genuine person. Grayson was her opposite in many ways. He definitely wasn't innocent and he wasn't always the most genuine person. But he really was trying to break away from that and he definitely had his sweet and adorable moments. And as cheesy as it may sound, Wren and Grayson brought out the best in each other. The other great thing about The Promise of Amazing was all the supporting characters. Wren's best friends, Jazz and Maddie, are the kinds of friends you want to have. Grayson's friend (if you can call him that) Luke was a complete and total jerk, but at least his behaviour made Grayson realize he didn't want to be like that. It was just really interesting to see how all the characters played off of each other.
In case it wasn't obvious, I absolutely loved Robin Constantine's The Promise of Amazing. It was filled with romance and adorable moments that I just loved. It's the kind of story you need to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. The title says it all.
As part of the blog tour, I was asked to share my favourite quote from the book. And being me, I couldn't pick just one. Instead, I give you one quote from Grayson's point of view, and one from Wren.
Grayson's Point of View
"Being with Wren meant something to me. I wanted to be serious. Whatever serious meant. Was this what it felt like to fall in love with someone? Was it too soon to know? And after all I'd done--could we ever have a normal relationship?But when she'd run her hand through my hair, touched me, asked me, Did it hurt?…it was like everything else in the room had faded to black. Except her. And me.And that was too important not to fight for."
Wren's Point of View
"I was somewhere in between, because right there, in that moment, I was holding hands with a dark-haired, brown-eyed boy who looked so deliciously vulnerable, he was worlds away from the slick guy who was coin a favor for Luke in the story this morning. This was the Grayson I knew. The Grayson I wanted to be around. I tugged on his hands to propel him, and he lost his footing."
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