The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Rating: 3.8/5 stars
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
Publish Date: December 31st 2013
Length (kindle edition): 320 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.
One of my friends was reading this book, and the more it kept popping up when she’d take it out of her bag the more curious I was. Eventually curiosity overtook me, so I downloaded it onto my kindle, and began reading.
The Promise of Amazing is a good book. It’s well written, with plenty of relatable quirks, including a Coldplay mention (high five, Robin Constantine!), the characters are likeable, with Wren being a character you can easily see similarities to. However, I feel like the plot was rushed. I know, I know, a vast majority of YA romance novels involve a whirlwind romance, and I’m not knocking that! A lot of the time, I love it. It’s part of the charm. But it just doesn’t seem to work for me in this novel. (Spoiler ahead!) And it seems to me like after finding out that Grayson is a (retired, perhaps?) criminal, working in what can only be described as a gang of petty thieves, she is extremely upset and leaves him… for a tiny little while… and then everything is okay! He was stealing things with his friends so that they could party in Amsterdam! i.e. not even for some deep-rooted good cause! Plot issues aside, The Promise of Amazing is a lovely, feel-good YA book, not to mention a relatively quick one to read. So, apart from the too-swift moving nature of this book and the protagonist’s unrealistic quota for easy forgiveness, this is a good book, and I would recommend you read it.
Favourite quote: “She stood out against the colourless day, improbable and beautiful. A wildflower in winter sprung up from a crack in the concrete.”
Did I cry? Maybe a little bit? Just slightly teary-eyed, perhaps?