In Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Posted December 16, 2013 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin ConstantineThe Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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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in review my thoughts

I went into this book with really, really high expectations. With the word “amazing” in the title, can you blame me? With its ridiculously adorable cover and story of an average girl saving a reformed bad boy, I knew I was destined to love this book. In the end, the story was less than amazing and left me feeling rather ambivalent all around. It pains me to say it, too.

Wren was a sweet girl. I liked her character. Mature for her age, but not really sure what she wanted out of the future, she made for an interesting protagonist. I liked the journey she was taking, I just wish it had been with a different guy. Grayson, honestly, never quite did it for me. I didn’t find him to be a particularly likable character. I never truly believed he was sorry for his past transgressions. He was just a spoiled pretty boy that lacked any substance. I failed to ever see a real connection between Wren and Grayson. I didn’t feel any chemistry between them.

I enjoyed the book mostly because of Wren’s growth throughout the story and not for the romance. She started out as naive and a bit of a pushover, but managed to find herself somewhere along the way. She really came into her own. The concept of the story was great and would have been a lot cuter had I actually liked the love interest. But, since I didn’t, I can’t give this book more than three stars. If you’re a fan of young adult contemporary romances, you should give it a try and see if you can appreciate Grayson more than I did.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. 

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About Robin Constantine

Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.

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  1. Vivien

    It’s such a bummer you didn’t enjoy this one as much. I keep hearing this reaction to this book. I hope I enjoy it when I read it.