Title/Author: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher/Year: Balzer + Bray on December 31, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Other Books by Author: None yet
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks HarperCollins!
Summary From Goodreads: 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 Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine was not as amazing as the title leads you to believe. Sadly, there wasn’t much amazing in there for me at all. Wren Caswell was a likeable character, but she wasn’t anything special. She was too typical for me. You know, the indecisive, average at everything, middle of her class (socially and academically) kind of girl. Wren works at her family’s Banquet hall, and while working one night, she saves a hottie teen boy from chocking to death on a cocktail weenie. And then BAM! Instalove hits you right in the face.
We learn that this boy Wren saved is Grayson Barrett, a bad boy who wants to change his ways… maybe? He manages to land a job working for Wren’s family’s business to, you guessed it, be closer to Wren and spend more time with her! Told from dual point of view, this is where the book took a turn for the worst. From this point onward – and even a little bit before – all we ever got to read about was the internal banter of Wren and Grayson each wondering if the other one liked them (which they obviously did) and what they should do about it.
We also got to read about Grayson and all of his past term-paper-pimp antics, and his band of miscreant friends and all of the trouble that they like to get into. Which to me, just didn’t seem realistic. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ve never heard of a group of young teenagers doing things like that before. But even Grayson alone didn’t do it for me. He just didn’t seem like a good person, even though he was trying to change.
All in all, The Promise of Amazing started out kind of okay. I’ve got to admit, the moment that Wren saves Grayson from choking was kind of cute. But after that it all went downhill for me. I found the characters underdeveloped and unrealistic, and therefore I couldn’t connect with any of them. And I also found the plot (/lack of a real plot other than their internal bantering?) mind-numbingly boring. But, it has a really cute cover!
Diane said The Promise of Amazing “had so much potential but lost its steam.”
Amber said it was “bland.”
Debby said “It wasn’t a completely terrible read.”