Monday, 17 February 2014

Book Review | The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine


Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Pages: 371
Format: Kindle ebook
Goodreads Rating: 3.31
My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis 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 has one of the best male main characters I've seen in a while. I loved Grayson. He was the perfect blend of bad boy and trying-to-be-good-guy, to make me root for him in this book. I wanted so badly for things to go well for him, because I knew that he could pull himself together.
This book pulled me in from the start. Dual narration always hooks me, and this book not only had it, but it had two very strong narrators.
I loved seeing Grayson's view of things as he started falling for Wren, and I loved seeing Wren's take in events and she went through the process of growing up, and discovering who she wants to be.
I liked the added elements of family drama, and the inclusion of a healthy dose of scenes, including the families, because so often the main characters' families can be forgotten about in YA fiction.
The pacing of this book was great as well, things were held back and made you wonder and revealed at good times, and I also really liked that the path for Wren and Grayson wasn't always smooth. I liked that they sometimes fought, it made it believable.
This is truly a great book, and I'm so glad that I read it because I enjoyed it so much. I'd definitely recommend it.

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