Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing - Robin ConstantinePublisher: Balzer + Bray (December 31st 2013)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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.


Unfortunately this book did not live up to its title. Rather than getting the promised amazing, I just sorta got mediocre. On a really good day when I only read the parts I like it might be 3 stars. It had a lot of potentially but I felt like the story kind of lost itself and I just didn’t know what was happening anymore.

I was expecting a cute highschool romance between two unsuspected teens. Wren is very quiet. She just doesn’t like to talk. But because of that she’s often overlooked and so she decides that’s going to start changing. Grayson was a very interesting mixed character for me. He seemed like the both the all-American boy, with good looks, pretty good grades and athletic and the total bad-boy, the “male slut” (as he called himself) with no regards for others. And currently, he’s kind of going through a mid(teen) life crisis.

At first, the story started off well. They had an awkward introduction, followed by some cute moments, and I was doing good. Than it got a little weird. Suddenly it was dive off the deep end instalove, with this crazy plot of an evil ex-best friend, and I just lost focus of what was happening. Is this a love story? Is this a self-discovery story? Is this a story about blackmailing & black marketing stolen stuff? The answer is: all the above and none of the above (are you confused yet? Because I was.). I think this book was trying to be too much and ended up with a multiple personality disorder. Point it, I didn’t connect at allll with either Wren or Gray. Sure, I was happy they found each other, but I didn’t care. The second half the book seem so entirely irrelevant to everything, or maybe I gave up by then, I don’t know. I was just so confused.

I wanted to like the book. So here’s a quick list of the stuff I did like:

1. Some sweet and funny moments (which is where the 3 stars came from)

“No, it’s a date. I said, trying to tame my lame-ass grin. “I’m taking her ice skating.”
“Skating? How retro,” Tiffany said.
“Not retro. Perfect. Movies are a gamble. Dinner breaks the bank. When you skate you can hold hands without looking like you want more. And, well, if she falls, you can help her up, be the hero.”

-see? Cute.

2. The cover and title
3. The name Grayson

But overall, the book fell flat to its moniker and didn’t deliver.

{* Thanks to the publisher & Edelweiss for providing an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine”

  1. Hmmm, seems like a bit of a mixed bag! To be honest, this seems like it’s living up to all the cliches a little too much to interest me.

    Plus insta-love is a huge no-no. I don’t get why authors do that. Ar they in such a rush to write kissing scenes? The whole fun is the slow build-up to the romance and the angst! That’s the interesting part to read about; where the characters really get to know each other and we see the gradual growth in their relationship. I really don’t understand why authors seem to be insta-love crazed!

    1. It definitely was. Unfortunately, it didn’t have the spark to counteract the cliches :/

      I don’t understand eitherrrrr! Insta-love usually ends up being weird obsession that makes no sense. That’s probably why I love the bicker-love-romance haha.

  2. Oh man, I have no read a good review for this yet, and the cover is so darn cute. Sorry this one failed you, and I hope your next read rocks 🙂

    1. On blogs, I haven’t seen too much good stuff, Goodeads looks like a mix of good and bad reviews. Yaa, so disappointed b/c the cover is adorable.

  3. I actually tried to get into it but something about it just didn’t hook me from the start, and I’m a bit wary from all of the negative reviews out there. Thanks for your thoughts on this book!

    1. Yeaaah, it just doesn’t have that awesome spark. It’s been looking like a mix bag of good and bad. I say, there’s better books you could be reading.

  4. Sorry you didn’t like it. 🙁 I haven’t heard anything too positive about it.

    1. It was unfortunate, oh well. It did have it’s moments, just not enough.

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  6. Interesting sounding characters

  7. It’s so disappointing to hear you didn’t enjoy this one. It has such a grea cover! I’ll probably still read it, but I’m bummed.

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