"The Promise of Amazing" Really Delivers

The Promise of Amazing Title:  The Promise of Amazing
Author:  Robin Constantine
Format:  Print
Length:  384 pages
Publisher:  Balzer & Bray
Rating:  4 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  -Goodreads


My Thoughts
Robin Constantine's The Promise of Amazing, is nothing short of all that its title implies.
This story of two young hearts adrift amid the ever fickle tides of life and high school, is written in such a frank and honest voice, that readers of any age will be able to find pieces of themselves within its pages. 

Wren Caswell is the good girl. the quiet one, the girl least likely to make waves or get the guy.  This is not where she wants to be...just where she is expected.

Grayson Barrett, fallen "Golden Boy" and newly labeled social outcast, is likewise very far from his former lofty heights...and likewise is looking to redeem himself...somehow.

Who know that the key to these lovebirds' cages would come courtesy of a wedding, the Heimlich, and a wayward pig in a blanket?
Everybody has a story of finding that person.  You know, the one who made you know what safe, happy, and loved felt like; when the world made you feel anything but.

This book is a bit of a sleeper.  The beginning feels as though it's going to be just another "boy meets girl" contemporary...just keep reading.
The thing that sets this read apart, besides the near-death inspired insta-love on the part of Grayson, is the fact that the story is about him.  He is the one doing most of the changing and striving to "be a better man" so that he can be worthy of Wren.

That's right!

This time it's all about the male epiphany!
How romantic is that!



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