Feb 3, 2014

Review -- The Promise of Amazing

17844678The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover, bought

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Synopsis:

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.




My Review:
This is the story about Wren Caswell. A 16 year old girl who is labeled the quiet one. She never does anything wrong, does her homework, helps out working at her parents' business whenever they need her. She grew to accept this about her, until the day her guidance counselor told their class that no one in it would go to Harvard. She decided then that no one should tell her she can't do anything. To make this clear, one night at work as she is being "weenie girl", she ends up saving a boy that is choking. He would have died if it wasn't for her. Never did she know she was saving one of the hottest guys she has ever seen, and now he has his eyes set on her....Maybe Wren Caswell isn't as average as she thought she was.

I decided to read this book because I have been reading a lot of series and trilogies lately. I wanted a light stand-alone novel to plow through at the end of the month to keep me on my reading goal. Now I will say I bought this book because it reminded me of myself. I was the quiet girl in school, didn't have many friends, and had decent grades but due to some subjects that I struggled in, they weren't as high as I would have wanted. Since I was the quiet girl, I was over looked a lot mainly because I caused no trouble and was never in the spotlight. I just kind of floated through those years. My boyfriend was a bit of a trouble maker and was always out with his friends, so I feel like Grayson is somewhat like him too. So I had to have this book.

I have heard from quite a few people that this book wasn't very good, for me it was the opposite. I really enjoyed it and spent the last couple days pouring through the pages. I didn't expect to finish it in about a day, but that is exactly how it happened. I had to keep reading. There is so much drama that goes on in this book that you have to keep reading. It isn't the annoying type of drama though. It is more caused by two different lifestyles coming together and having to find a way to mesh together to make it work.

I loved watching the two characters, Wren and Grayson, change along the way. They both were finding out who they were and changing things in their lives to finally feel like they belong. Wren wants to not be the quiet girl anymore, she wants to come out of the shell she had built around herself. Grayson is trying to get rid of the past that has been haunting him for months. He wants to be good enough for college and also Wren.

The book is mainly set in their small town near Staten Island. It goes between school, the Camelot (The property Wren's parents own), Grayson's car, and a few other places here or there. I like that you were able to picture things as they happened. Some books are hard for me to do that, but the author does a wonderful job of detail for you to read.

I think this book had a perfect amount of everything. I recommend it to anyone that was quiet growing up so you can relate to it more, but I also think anyone could really enjoy this story and love it. I was able to finish the book with a smile and wish I could follow their lives some more.

Loved It!!



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