by Robin Constantine
Published by Balzer + Bray Release date : December 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After the first reviews starting coming out of Promise of Amazing, I moved it not once, but TWICE on my schedule. Even though I don’t trust majority of the rating on Goodreads, they weren’t stellar either. Honestly, I have been in such a MEH boat lately and I didn’t want to add another one to the tallies. Based on what few reviews I read, readers were not loving it. Nor were they amazed, as promised. But, well, I did request it and it just sounds SO.CUTE, I couldn’t put it off any longer. I did enjoyed this more than I thought I would (due to low expectations, I assume) but sadly, it joins me in the MEH boat. *floats along*
I’ll start off by saying I did like it. I thought it was cute and there quite a few times I was actually laughing; which is by far the best thing in these pages. The humor. I also applaud the fact that it was just two kids, VERY different kids; discovering themselves and who they want to be (well, aside from that random thing towards the end), all the while, falling in love. It was that first love feeling.. A sudden, OMG I JUST LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH I HAVE ONLY KNOWN YOU FOR TWO WEEKS first love, but still.
Wren is hilarious. She is witty, snarky and someone I could see myself being friends with. She did fall to Gray’s charms and was pretty dense about the whole situation—which was just freakin irritating—but overall I thought she was pretty down to earth. The REALNESS of an awkward, average teen was portrayed really well. Grayson, on the other hand, was harder for me to like. He too, was pretty funny but this kid was a TOOL. His saving grace? The fact that he was TRYING. He was trying to be a better person, he just didn’t know how and quite frankly, sucked at it. However, being a bitter teen about my parents’ divorce, I did sympathize with him there.
Their relationship started off really cute. The odd, normal girl and the bad ass-hole of a guy, having this attraction to each other even know they’re SO DIFFERENT. But it was pretty early when the L word started being tossed around and I lost interest. Which is shitty, because this was at MAYBE 40% or so, probably earlier than that even. Insta love aside; they were pretty cute together.
So other than those two, we have so many other characters that I have to mention on. Luke. This kid, oh man. Not only was he creepy as all get out—he was scary. 99% of the scenes he was in, I was chanting, “RUN WREN RUN!” I don’t know what it was about this guy, but he serious gave me the willies. Wren’s best friends, Jazz and Madison. They were hilarious! There were a lot like Wren but so different that they all balanced themselves out. I couldn’t get enough of these girls.
My Peeve- Insta love y’all; that’s all I will say about that. When things started to come out to Wren about Grayson’s past, there was this whole scheme they thought up to corner and talk to Luke. First off; I would not corner creepy guy. Second; what was the point? Not only was it out-of-place in the grand scheme of things, it was so anticlimactic.
Overall- I did enjoy The Promise of Amazing. It was sweet, cute and really funny. Was it AMAZING? No. Could it have been better? Absolutely. I do however, see myself reading more from Robin. I would say anyone who REALLY loves YA contemporary romance to give this a go. For those who are cynical and MEH like me?