Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: The Promise of Amazing

Author: Robin Constantine
ISBN: 0062279483
Book Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: December 31st 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Book Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads 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 faith in contemporary novels is restored.

You guys remember how a few days ago I was complaining about how analytical I was with them? How it was hard for me to enjoy them? Well, this book totally stumped me. Not only does the beautiful cover as well as the intriguing synopsis reel you in, but the title? Yeah, it really does deliver on the whole promise of amazing thing.

This is such an adorable contemporary read, and I could honestly relate so much with Wren. She's quiet and feels like she doesn't measure up. She's average and feels like she is inconsequential, she hates being told what she can't do, and just wants to put a stop to all of that. She's struggling in her attempts to find a plan for her future, whether it's college or the family business, and that made her very vulnerable but easy to connect and sympathize with. Plus, almost every girl out there is bound to fall for a bad boy, a boy she thinks she can change, enter Grayson. The dangerously attractive boy she can't seem to escape or stop liking, after she saves his life and gets over the whole he-threw-up-all-over-her-reeboks of course. But Grayson has so many secrets that threaten to doom this relationship if he doesn't speak up, or worse, if he does but she can't get over them. I loved how strong a character she was, how she wasn't given to dramatic fits when things didn't go as perfectly as she'd hoped. She handled things in a great way, that in my opinion made her such a good female lead.

The whole story was incredibly well developed, the characters were so well formed with full background stories and felt real, like real people with real problems. I liked how their home lives were created so intricately, that they added up to their characters, but didn't take the main focus, or no focus at all, it was really balanced. With the dual point of views, you get to see the whole thing from both Wren and Grayson's point of views and ride the roller coaster with both of them, discover their shortcomings, their relationships, and their need to change.

In conclusion? This book was exceptionally good, enough to return my faith in contemporary novels. The writing, the setting, the characters, everything was enjoyable. It was fun, light, and very fast paced.

Rating: 4/5.

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