Thu, December 19, 2013

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing book cover

The Promise of Amazing book cover

The Promise of Amazing
By Robin Constantine
Publication date: Dec. 31, 2013
Balzer + Bray, 384 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Ahhh, man, with a title like The Promise of Amazing and a book description like that, I had high hopes for this novel. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to its promise.

A lot of big points, like the secret Gray’s group of friends is hiding, were alluded to time and time again, but actually revealed a bit too late in the story. That led to a lot of confusion for me as a reader — not quite sure what I was supposed to know already and what I was supposed to wait to find out.

Also, the love story felt a little too quick and forced.

I’m so sad to report that this one wasn’t a winner for me. What do you guys think — will you give it a go?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Rachel Patrick said:

    I’m writing my review for this right now and struggling with what to say. I liked the book, and I was into it and had feels while reading it, but something just didn’t click. It didn’t live up to its name, and I agree, the romance was a bit too quick. (I liked Gray, but is it just me or was he a bit of an douche?) I wish I would’ve loved this one!

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  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    Most of the reviews for this book express that meh feeling, but I’ll still probably read it anyway. But quick, almost insta-love romances bother me. Sort of sounds like The Infinite Moment of Us.

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  3. Lisa Schensted said:

    DAG NABBIT. That cover has all the potential in the world.

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  4. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    I’m on the fence about reading this one… leaning towards probably passing it up! There are just too many getting GREAT reviews that I want to try!

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  5. Brianna said:

    I think I’ll skip this one. There are too many other amazing books out there to read.

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  6. Brianna’s Bookish Confessions said:

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I really want to. I really hope I enjoy it. Great review. 🙂

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  7. Devyn said:

    That is so sad! The cover and title (not to mention the description) all make it seem amazing! I might need to just check it out from the library and give it a shot anyways.

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  8. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    I’m still in the middle of this one and… After 150 pages I feel like I don’t want to pick it back up again. There’s still so much more to go and I just don’t want to force myself to finish it even though I wish I could keep going. It’s a tricky one! But I may have to just let it sit.

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  9. Genevieve said:

    I was really excited for this book after seeing the adorable cover, but after hearing so many reviews that range from “meh” to worse, I think I’m going to have to pass. I’m starting to hate reading books where a big event or action is kept hidden until the second half for dramatic effect, so I know not being told what Gray’s friends are doing would really irritate me.

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  10. Alexa Y. said:

    My review will be up for this one later in the week. While I found Wren and her friends tolerable, I really ended up not liking this book overall. I’m sad it didn’t live up to its title!

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  11. Tanya said:

    This one looked intriguing to me but when I read that they meet when Grayson (and his friends) are making fun of Wren… that did it for me. I wouldn’t be able to get past that. Too bad because the cover is fab. 🙂

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  12. April Books & Wine said:

    BOOOOOOOOO.

    I was hoping this would be one of those OMG LOVE IT books.

    Ah well guess I will go into it with lowered expectations. LOL like that Amy Poehler gif ‘LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS’ hahaha.

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  13. Crini said:

    I really wanted to read this book and I’m not even that much into contemporary but all the reviews I’ve seen so far weren’t that good :/
    Got it as an arc so I guess I’ll read it anyway but will not expect too much. (it least nothing amazing :D)

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