The Promise of Amazing — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Robin Constantine

released: January 28, 2014

format: e-book, hardcover

pages: 320 pages

publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers

Read: September 7, 2013

Acquired: Edelweiss

Book Pages:  • •  Author’s Website  

Book Type: YA, contemporary romance

The Down-low

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.(From

Why You Should Buy It

If you took a John Hughes film and gave to an MTV producer for a 2013 re-do, you’d have The Promise of Amazing.  This book is a classic tale of two teens trying to find themselves while finding each other.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was sweet.  There were a lot of parts that really made me smile.

For me, it’s the kind of book you’d rather check out of the library than own yourself.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t finding myself compelled to pick it up and finish it.  A lot of parts were cliche, predictable, and typical of what you’d see in a YA book.

The characters did some things that made me question the motives.  Was the author trying to push the story forward or was it something the character would generally do?  I had to ask this question a lot.  Especially when Wren was willing to forgive and move on so quickly.  There wasn’t enough conflict between the two in my opinion.

And the things that Grayson and his friends were involved in was pretty crazy — VERY unique.  It had a lot of potential, but the way things ended up worked out way too conveniently.

If you like the classic bad-boy who changes his ways meets shy girl who wants to come out of her shell, this may be a book for you.  It has its flaws, but it was still entertaining and had me rooting for the two all the way through.



9 thoughts on “The Promise of Amazing — Book Review

  1. I still need to read and review this one. I’ve yet to see anyone that was truly happy with it. Disappointing, because I had such high hopes for it.

  2. I’m not sure if I’ll pick this one up. I’d much rather read a book I’m 90% sure I’ll love than a book that I’m 90% sure I’ll simply “like”. And there’s so many great books coming left and right that I’m not sure I really feel like taking the time to read something most likely decent instead of something most likely awesome.
    But I do still love the cover. It’s adorable. 🙂

  3. Too bad you didn’t enjoy this one more. I’ll have to think about whether I want to read it or not. Sometimes I’m in the mood for just a cute, fluffy book that makes me smile and it sounds like this one would be good for that. Thanks for the honest review!

    • I think my age and life experience really weighed into this one. The choices the characters made just didn’t make sense and a lot of it was too far fetched. If I had read this when I was 17-18, I would probably be head over heels. It is cute and produces some awwww moments, but my analytical part of the brain couldn’t shut down.

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