BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing

by Robin Constantine

YA Contemporary Romance

Expected Publication: December 31, 2013

Book Description

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.
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MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

While I thought this book had its’ share of cliched moments, it also had some that were unique and genuine, and that led to my overall enjoyment of it.

The main characters tell their stories from both sides, in alternating chapters. Wren is the youngest child who has always done what was expected of her, except she’s not happy with where being the good girl has led her so far in life. Grayson is the charming bad boy with a past who is trying to leave his old friends and old ways behind. When the two meet in a dramatic fashion, sparks immediately fly.

Now yes, the idea of good girl meets reformed bad boy is definitely nothing new. But I found Grayson to be a little deeper and more likable than most YA/NA guys, and I really enjoyed really things from his point of view. To me, he was more interesting than Wren.

One of the most intriguing parts about this book, to me, was the whole operation that Grayson and his former prep school friends had going on. It was pretty smart and they got away with a lot, though I’m not sure it was entirely believable–but I could see good looking, athletic, charismatic guys pulling it off.

I really resonated with the book’s theme of outgrowing your friends–Grayson was just trying to go down the right path for once, and his so-called best friend kept pulling him back in. I think everyone has had to ditch a toxic friend or two in their lifetimes.

The romance between Wren and Grayson moved very fast. I’m not sure that I would call it insta-love, exactly, but it was maybe insta-lust. But hey, what girl doesn’t recall being in high school and immediately beginning to think nonstop about a hot guy you just met? Wren and Grayson’s relationship, for the most part, felt very real to me.

I thought the end events of the book moved really fast, but I liked what happened. I hope Wren and Grayson’s romance is more long-lived than just high school, because they are very sweet together.

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About the Author

Robin Constantine is a born and bred Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene.

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What would you do if you found out your guy/girl had a secret, not-so-innocent past?

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About Carrie

A SAHM who loves her life :)

Posted on December 15, 2013, in book tour, books, free, Giveaway, reading, review. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Holy cow. What would I do? Well, I can say this. It totally depends on what it is. And whether or not I found it through another source that’s not my guy o.o
    I’m not a fan of confrontations at all, but I’d make an exception for this. Try to get his side. And if that didn’t work, clearly I can’t trust him? It is in the past, and I could get over it. But him not telling me about it is indicative of something else, in my opinion o.o
    I really can’t wait to read this for myself. It might not be great, but I think I’ll like it.

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