Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

 Title: The Promise of Amazing

 Author: Robin Constantine

 Publisher: Balzer + Bray

 Date Published: December 31, 2013

 Genre: Contemporary, Romance

 Pages: 384 (hardcover)

 Age Range: 14+


     Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she's not popular, 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, and on the 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 at Wren's family's Arthurian-themed catering hall. 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.


     First off, thank you so much to Ashley forgetting me a signed copy of the book. I highly appreciate it, girly, and a signed Jenny Han book for you is the least I could do! Anyway, this book seriously had some great potential. The plot looked great from the blurb on the flap, the cover is pretty cute, and the first few pages were good. And then, things started going downhill incredibly quickly. First, we have the instalove. The instalove was so...instantaneous, that it was kind of repulsive and left me wanting to slam on the brakes for the characters. Wren saved Grayson, and after that, let the creepy stalking of each other commence!
     The whole plot...twist with Grayson being a closeted bad boy became so weary so quickly because he didn't act like a bad boy. I love bad boys- when they are bad boys- and Grayson wasn't one. He was just a "changed" boy that kept going back and doing plain stupid things. I disliked Luke and his whole thing with Grayson and how he kept trying to get Grayson back on his team. It was interesting for awhile, but after over 350 pages of the same trouble, it just gets boring and I found myself not caring. Throughout the whole book, Grayson goes back to his old ways, and I hated him for that. He kept trying to prove that he had changed, but he kept sneaking off to do... stupid stuff.
     And Wren let him! Wren was so stupidly blind throughout this whole book that I wanted to shake her. She kept letting Grayson crawl back to her, swearing up and down that he's changed, before distrusting him again and again- for good reason! Wren's relationship with her parents became strained over the stupid actions of an idiotic Grayson, but hey, true love always prevails. *gags*

     Redeeming factors of this book? Eben. I would give him a million stars because I love that boy. And Wren's sister. Again, a stellar character with some actual drama that reaches beyond the tedious monotony of Wren's drama. Other redeeming factors? Cuteness. The book is very cute and light, and I would definitely skim through it on a rainy day.



    I wish the book was better! Now I'm hesitant to read it. It will be staying on my shelf for a while.