I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Published by Balzer + Bray on December 31, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Secrets of Attraction
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.
The Promise of Amazing completely reminded me of one of those 80’s classics. Some of my favorite movies include Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. It’s even more awesome that those movies are mentioned in this book.
I like Wren as a character. She’s sweet, and has the seemingly perfect family. She also has determination. This starts with the school’s guidance counselor telling the students that they’ll never go to Harvard. Wren wants to know why her counselor felt it was necessary to tell them that. She puts herself out there and joins clubs in order to show that she can become something. She’s always been the quiet one, and is trying her damnedest to be more than average. Gray is a definite bad boy. The only thing I didn’t care for with him was that he seemed to always have a dual personality. He’s done some shady things. He wants to move past them, and meeting Wren kind of gives him that push.
I liked that The Promise of Amazing is told in dual point of view. It definitely gives a better look into the lives of both Wren and Grayson. There was definitely some intsa-infatuation going on. But I think that’s kind of how things happen with some teens. You see someone and become hooked on the thought of them. I also liked seeing each of these characters grow, especially Wren. She learns so much about herself after meeting Gray. Things progress between them pretty quickly, but I think it works in this story.
If you’re looking for a fun read, this is definitely up your alley. If you enjoy all those classic movies with Molly Ringwald, you love this book.
80s Playlist for The Promise of Amazing
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Katrina! This was quite the challenge to come up with an eighties playlist for The Promise of Amazing – but it was also really fun. There are so many awesome songs from the 80s and it was really hard to narrow it down, but I think it’s a good representation of the ups and downs the characters experience in the novel. Enjoy!!
Sister Christian – Night Ranger
This song (or maybe it’s the video) just reminds me of the conflicting emotions in high school – the desire to get out, grow up but at the same time have fun, be young. It all happens way too fast!
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
Describes that initial rush in the early days of a relationship so perfectly. Wren and Gray as they get to know each other. (and classic 80s!)
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
This is the sort of power ballad that I can see Grayson reflecting on – trying to move past his mistakes and form real (and healthy) connections to the people in his life.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Could so see this during the scene the girls are getting ready for the party! Like one of those movie montages where they change outfits and strike crazy poses in front of the mirror.
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Love this song for Andy’s party scene. I think it describes both Wren and Grayson’s frustration in the moment.
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go Go’s
It doesn’t matter what they say, In the jealous games people play…the days following a party are usually ripe with gossip through Sacred Heart. Kind of a nod to the power play between Luke and Ava and the scheming they do to cause trouble.
Open Your Heart – Madonna
Wren has a gut feeling that Gray is holding back on something and really wishes he would just spill it already. Also how could you have an 80s playlist without Madonna?
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Kind of says it all. Guinevere’s Cottage!
Careless Whisper – Wham
The fallout when Grayson’s past comes back to haunt him.
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
One of my favorite songs – I think it’s perfect for how Wren and Grayson feel about each other by the end of the story!
And We Danced – The Hooters
Kind of a fun, joyful song that just makes you want to dance 80s style as the credits roll J Love this for the last scene at The Camelot.
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