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